No April Fools about it, April 1st marks the beginning of National Poetry Month.

The month of April is dedicated to poetry in my Advanced Writing class. Students will have the opportunity to tune in to their creative side as they enter a Poetry Contest just for our class.

National Poetry Month is finally here! I have been looking forward to it all semester. Other than writing and/or analyzing love poems for extra credit back at Valentine’s we have concentrated on argumentative writing for an academic audience. This month my students will be able to flex their creative muscles.

I will celebrate on other levels as well. The weekend after Easter weekend, I will host a “Celebrate All Things Bookish” in my yard with free books, plenty of cookies and lemonade, and a drawing for journals and a gift card to Half-Price Books. Hopefully, it will be fun for all. I am inviting my neighbors, friends, and all the patrons of my Little Free Library. Maybe I will have someone read a poem in honor of National Poetry Month, or better yet, hold a Limerick contest. I can hardly wait for this month to get underway.

Celebrate with me this month! Leave a note in the comments to explain what you will plan for celebrating National Poetry Month.

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."


  1. Celebrate All Things Bookish sounds like so much fun. I wish I didn’t live so far away. šŸ˜ šŸ‡ØšŸ‡¦ Have a wonderful Easter Weekend, Rae and Happy Poetry Month.


  2. Yippee! I’ve got two wonderful collections produced by students – one that came out earlier in the year and one that is being released on the 15th April, so I’ll be featuring those:)). And congratulations on producing a wonderful programme of events for this very special month – I’ll be swinging by, now that I’m FINALLY starting to feel better!


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