We’re a little bit early with this, but National Poetry Month will be here by Friday. We’re preparing for this annual celebration with open mic chats all this week. Poetry open mic will include discussions of poetry’s contribution to literature past, present and future, as well as opportunities for established and emerging poets to post links to published work.

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events. (From the Academy of American Poets).