National Poetry Month is a celebration of poetry first introduced by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. Since 1999, National Poetry Month has also been celebrated each April in Canada, where it is sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets.
If you follow this blog regularly, you're probably well aware of the fact that I celebrate poetry pretty much every day of the year and don't need a special month to enjoy verse, but still, these sites are excellent resources. Here's a list of 30 Ways to celebrate National Poetry Month.
While I do see the celebration of National Poetry Month as an overall good thing, it has also sparked a debate among many poets. Critics suggest that National Poetry Month trivializes the art form and floods the market with books in a matter of just a few weeks, overwhelming readers. With that in mind, I'd also like to include a link to an essay by American poet, Charles Bernstein, calling for an International Anti-Poetry month. Read it here.