napowrimo: celebration button

by Deb Scott

We’ve made a NaPoWriMo celebration button that you are most welcome to add to your blog. (Although I’d rather toast your success or commiserate a less-than-planned outcome!).

Button sample and code

napowrimo: celebrate may and back to our regularly scheduled poll dances

by Deb Scott

Well, you’re near the end of April, of National Poetry Month, of NaPoWriMo!

Sigh … in relief, remorse, resolution …

Some of you have practiced writing daily and some have posted a poem daily. Some have made up your own rules and kept them or broken them. Some (like me) found you couldn’t stay with daily writing early on.

Some have even asked for a NaPoWriMoMoMo … well, tell you what: Read Write Poem is really All Poetry All the Time. So I guess the virtual answer to that is “Of course!” The practical answer is “Come visit anytime!” and make writing and reading poetry a part of a daily, weekly, monthly, or occasional routine. As it suits you.

And, as I noted in the Participant List post, here are a couple of questions. I’ll leave comments open for about three weeks (any longer than that and the spam machines do their work):

… will you be stopping by to visit Read Write Poem for ideas, information or prompts post-NaPoWriMo? (There is an end to April, dear poets!) … What would help next year … Is there a next year for your NaPoWriMo project?

Well done, all. No matter what you did, you practiced poetry.

In two weeks, Carolee will be back to regularly scheduled Poll Dances! So check out the latest poll — after you have sighed with relief at the end of April.

PS: January will be starting a post-NoPoWriMo meme at her site, Poet Mom, once the NapPoWriMo delirium is over. (May 1. Go take a look. )

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Here’s a recap of our NaPoWriMo resources:

During April -– National Poetry Month — Read Write Poem will be supporting NaPoWriMo with a few extra ideas.

Here’s the participant list.

The kick-off conversation is here. Feel free to leave a comment about anything NaPoWriMo-related. (How are you doing?!) And here’s a mid-month check-up (Really, how are you doing?

A chain-poem gives you the chance to add a line and count it as one of your poems! Find the one in process here.

January talks about National Poetry Month and asks, “what are you doing?”

The word randomizer is at the bottom of this sidebar. Hit your “refresh” button until you find a word that sparks you. (Wish we could serve you a cuppa, too.)

Want the RWP NaPoWriMo button? Find it here.

And here’s a celebration of your NaPoWriMo success button. Help yourself.

napowrimo: a participant list

by Deb Scott

Here, below, is a list of poet’s (by blog name) who said they were participating in NaPoWriMo this year. I added everyone who commented or who emailed. It might be that you’ve langished since (it’s OK … I’m afraid I am have, too) the initial excitement phase. You wrote some poetry. That is good.

At the end of the month, or maybe mid-May, when you’ve relaxed a bit, we’ll ask you if you will be stopping by to visit Read Write Poem for ideas, information or prompts post-NaPoWriMo. (There is an end to April, dear poets!)

We’ll also ask you what would help next year, and if there is a next year for your NaPoWriMo project. But you can comment now if you can’t wait until May.

napowrimo: mid-month check-up

by January O’Neil and Deb Scott

Thirty Poems in 30 days. How has that challenge been for you? Let us know what you’re doing.

As you cast about for yet one more inspiration, be sure to use the random prompts or previous prompts and share any tricks you use to get through the rough spots.

Are you writing American Sentences, haiku or prose poems? Are you trying new forms or going free verse all the way? Your ideas may help another struggling writer. And if you skip a day or two, don’t worry about it. The goal is to look back at all the bad poetry you’ve written. And maybe, just maybe, there’s a gem or two that you’ll expand into a draft. You’ll surprise yourself.

Those that have staked out a NaPoWriMo experience started out committed and enthusiastic. Out of 85 votes, folks said:

• I’m up for the challenge of daily writing. (59%, 50 Votes)
• What is this NaPoWriMo you speak of? (20%, 17 Votes)
• I can hardly wait for April Fool’s Day to start! (16%, 14 Votes)
• I like NaPoWriMo: I get lots of poems to work on through the year. (16%, 14 Votes)
• Is April here already? (14%, 12 Votes)
• Maybe, but I haven’t decided. (9%, 8 Votes)
• No way! (6%, 5 Votes)
• I said never again last year, but I am tempted to try it once more. (2%, 2 Votes)
• I would, but I am on a tropical island for most of April, without internet access. (1%, 1 Votes)
• I’m on the fence, but I’m leaning towards “no”. (1%, 1 Votes)

There’s a new poll that checks in with how you are doing, now that your taxes are behind you (nearly) and you are halfway home. (Ah, sweet May!)

And for those who aren’t doing NaPoWriMo, perhaps you have found a new approach to your writing, too, and isn’t that cool? This obsessive hoopla will be over soon, and we’ll all have a new bag of tricks and lots of ideas to work from and over!

There were a couple of nice inspiration ideas that we want to make sure aren’t lost. Sharon offered an intriguing list of ideas over at her blog Watermark, and Paisley told us about Easy Street Prompts .

We’ve tried to keep up with the roll call. But if you have been participating at Read Write Poem and haven’t seen your name up on the Participant page yet, please email us (see the “get involved” tab) and we’ll get you fixed up. It does take a while (we’re all volunteers!) so be patient, and keep writing poetry!

how do you: celebrate national poetry month?

by January O’Neil

Ahhh, April — that special time of year when our thoughts turn to spring, Opening Day in baseball and National Poetry Month in the United States. So how do you mark what is supposed to be “the cruelest month?” When you tell friends and family it is National Poetry Month, are your responses similar to this:

“National Poetry Month? Ummm … No, I didn’t know.” I’m sure you hear a lot of that.

But after the initial bewilderment, what happens next? Do you explain what happens during the month? Do you inspire dialogue about the meaning of the month? If people ask you, “Why April?” do you have the right answer?

Founded by the Academy of American Poets more than 10 years ago, National Poetry Month has become a way of honoring a time-honored literary genre, while highlighting readings, community events, gatherings, and publications — all related to poetry. April was chosen as poetry month as a nod to T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” and its famous — or infamous — first line, “April is the cruelest month … .”

My small contributions to the national dialogue about National Poetry Month start with writing a poem a day in April, also known as NaPoWriMo. I also run a community-based literary reading series and attending poetry readings by others. But supporting national poetry month can be as simple as hanging a new poem outside of your office door, which always invites conversation. The Academy of American Poets makes it easy to participate by listing 30 Ways to Celebrate poetry month.

As someone who cannot have enough poetry in her life, my role is to bridge the disconnect between old ideas about poetry and what’s happening now. Poetry has become this dynamic, exciting exchange that brings people together in person or virtually. When people share their favorite poems they are sharing a part of themselves, which is something to be celebrated 365 days a year.

Whether you go down to your local elementary school or local library to volunteer your creative writing skills, host a writing workshop in your home, or take a poet to lunch — whatever you do, April is brimming with people who want to connect with others. In the United States, spring is just beginning. Nationally and internationally, we are ready discuss the things you just can’t find in the news (yes, that’s a William Carlos Williams reference). In my heart of hearts, I believe that poetry is one of the ties that binds us together. It records our history through emotion and words. Poetry is the oldest of traditions, and I can’t think of anything better to celebrate. (Well, Opening Day in baseball is pretty cool, too!)

So, how do you celebrate National Poetry Month? Do you write a poem a day? Do you read poetry or attend readings? Do you participate in open mike and slams? How’s it all working for you?

read write poem news

  • read write poem napowrimo anthology
    June 20, 2010 | 1:36 pm

    The Read Write Poem NaPoWriMo Anthology is still in production. Selection, placement, layout and copyediting are taking longer than anticipated. Thank you for your patience. I hope to have the piece completed in July. For those who have emailed asking if they can be included, the May 7 deadline for submission of work stands. Those who met that deadline will be included. Please check the post on this site listing who I received submissions from by that date. If you submitted your work by the May 7 deadline in accordance with our guidelines and your name is not listed, send an email to info (at) readwritepoem (dot) org.

  • read write poem napowrimo anthology
    May 5, 2010 | 3:09 pm

    Remember that Friday* is the deadline for submitting work to the Read Write Poem NaPoWriMo Anthology. Check out the guidelines for submission in the main column (to the left). On May 8, we’ll post a news item listing everyone we’ve received work from. If you submitted work and your name is not on that list, please let us know. Thanks!

    *I initially said “tomorrow,” but I meant to say “Friday.”

  • napowrimo congratulations, and a reminder
    April 24, 2010 | 12:05 pm

    It’s the final week of the Read Write Poem NaPoWriMo Challenge! Just 7 days left. With that, a reminder that Read Write Poem will culminate with the anthology featuring work from those who complete the challenge. A post with details for submitting to the anthology will be published May 1. Be sure you remove any information from the site that you want preserved — such as group content and personal messages. Those elements of the site will be removed May 1 as well. The main site will remain up as an archive.

  • ‘underlife’ tour at january gill o’neil’s blog
    April 20, 2010 | 8:11 pm

    January Gill O’Neil’s virtual book tour has moved to her site and is underway now. Check out the lineup at Poet Mom.

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