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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."

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. on the Noon Poems, Poetry Blast 2022 playlist.

View the Noon Poems Lineup

April 1: Ruth Behar
April 4: Scott Beal
April 5: Darcy Lee Brandel
April 6: Hannah Ensor
April 7: Suzi F. Garcia
April 8: Linda Gregerson
April 11: Keith Taylor
April 12: Nick Harp
April 13: Tung-Hui Hu
April 14: Laura Kasischke
April 15: Petra Kuppers
April 18: Lorna Goodison
April 19: Christopher Todd Matthews
April 20: Raymond McDaniel
April 21: Sarah Messer
April 22: Benjamin Paloff
April 25: Molly Spencer
April 26: Keith Taylor
April 27: Cody Walker
April 28: H.R. Webster
April 29: Khaled Mattawa
 

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.

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. Or, 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.