Let Poetry Ignite Your Life: National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month and Kansans can celebrate by participating in the To the Stars Poetry Contest and the new Poetry Pen Pal Project. The activities are facilitated by Poet Laureate of Kansas Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg.

The weekly poetry contest features Kansas poets from To the Stars: The Ad Astra Poetry Project. To compete, writers must submit a poem (or poems) based on the week’s given theme. The first week’s theme is Rivers of Our Lives by Langston Hughes.

The new Poetry Pen Pal Project is designed to help writers better support and work in greater connection with each other. The project matches writers to share, revise and strengthen, and witness one another’s poetry. To learn more, please visit the Kansas Arts Commission page on this project, and fill out the participant form.