- 2021 Poetry Blast!
- Prompt a Poem!—A Daily April Poetry Challenge
- English Translations
- 2021 Poetry Blast Prompt a Poem Submissions
- Poems Submitted for April 1, 2021
- Poems Submitted for April 2, 2021
- Poems Submitted for April 5, 2021
- Poems Submitted for April 6, 2021
- Poems Submitted for April 7, 2021
- Poems Submitted for April 8, 2021
- Poems Submitted for April 12, 2021
- Poems Submitted for April 9, 2021
- Poems Submitted for April 13, 2021
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READ A POEM
WRITE A POEM
HEAR A POEM
April is National Poetry Month, the largest literary celebration in the world. This year we're joining the tens of millions of readers, students, teachers, librarians, booksellers, publishers, families, and, of course, poets, in marking poetry's important place in our lives. Our goal is for everyone in our community to read a poem, write a poem, or listen to a poem in April. Why? As editor and teacher Alice Osborn said, "Poetry is like the Windex on a grubby car window—it bares open the vulnerabilities of human beings so we can all relate to each other a little better."
2021 Poetry Blast!
View the Noon Poems lineup
Thursday, 4/1 A. Van Jordan
Friday 4/2 Linda Gregerson
Monday 4/5 Ruth Behar
Tuesday 4/6 Cody Walker & Raymond McDaniel
Wednesday 4/7 Laura Kasischke
Thursday 4/8 Lorna Goodison
Friday 4/9 Keith Taylor
Monday 4/12 Laurence Goldstein
Tuesday 4/13 Hannah Ensor
Wednesday 4/14 H.R. Webster
Thursday 4/15 Sumita Chakraborty
Friday4/16 Darcy Brandel
Monday 4/19 Tung Hui Hu
Tuesday 4/20 Suzi Garcia
Wednesday 4/21 Scott Beal
Thursday 4/22 Petra Kuppers
Friday 4/23 Nick Harp
Monday 4/26 Sarah Messer
Tuesday 4/27 Khaled Mattawa
Wednesday 4/28 Ben Paloff
Thursday 4/29 Molly Spencer
Friday 4/30 Christopher Matthews
2021 Poetry Blast!
2021 Poetry Blast!
How to Get Involved with Poetry Blast 2021
Take a few minutes to listen to a poem. Every weekday at noon in April, our Youtube channel will feature a U-M faculty member reading one of their poems. Videos will also be archived for those who wish to listen later. If you'd like to receive a daily reminder in your inbox, sign up here.
Prompt a Poem!—A Daily April Poetry Challenge
Creative expression through poetry for everyone! Every weekday in April, people from all walks of life can unite behind a common prompt by writing a poem. Sign up here to receive the daily prompts in your inbox, or look here where we will list them. Many thanks to Laura Kasischke for creating the prompts and collaborating on Prompt a Poem. If you're ready to submit a poem, you can submit your poem here. Inspired by the 2020 Life/Lines project at the Center for the Humanities at Washington University.
Stroll around campus and read a poem! We've teamed up with Michigan Quarterly Review to make poetry part of the campus landscape. Look for poems all over campus in windows, on the diag, on buses, and more. If you'd like to make a night of it, check out the Central Campus Poetry Blast Walking Tour, a poem-by-poem guide to the pop-up poems on central campus.
Poetry Blast would not have been possible without the generous support of many individuals and organizations, including Michigan Quarterly Review, U-M Museum of Art, North Quad Programs, Pierpont Commons, Palmer Commons, College of LSA, Laura Kasischke, Grace Geiger, Nate Liebetreu, MHealthy, Michigan Humanities, Ann Arbor District Library, Student Organization Resource Center, Sydney Hawkins, Matthew Adams, Nikki Cischke, Umich Arts & Culture, and the U-M poets who recorded and shared their poems.