Raising Voices: Support Poetry Education

Raising Voices: Support Poetry Education
April 11, 2016 No Comments » For Authors, Writing Advice Amanda Hester

The following information is shared directly from an email sent to me via poets.org:


Happy National Poetry Month! This April marks 20 years since we founded the occasion, which has become an important opportunity to celebrate poets and poetry, especially in schools.

Because of our efforts, a generation of young people have grown up with National Poetry Month. And for many, it was events in April that introduced them to the art form and inspired a deeper interest in poetry.

As our Education Ambassador Richard Blanco says, “When we realize that poetry is still being written, that it is still relevant, we’ll have a different appreciation for the poetry of the past.”

That’s why we’re expanding our free resources for K-12 educators, and we need your help in this effort. Please donate today to help bring poetry to more students.

This month and in the year ahead, tens of thousands of teachers will use Poets.org, as well as our growing suite of lesson plans and new Teach This Poem activities. More than 100,000 schools and libraries will display our National Poetry Month poster and share information about Poem in Your Pocket Day. And more than 20,000 young people will engage with this year’s Dear Poet project.

Please help us continue these increased efforts, which inspire the next generation of readers and poets. Our educational programs are only possible with your support.

Thank you!

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Jennifer Benka,
Executive Director

P.S. Thanks to a generous corporate partner, all contributions up to $10,000 will be matched, making your donation go further. And, when you donate $30 or more, we’ll be happy to send you an Academy of American Poets travel pouch with exclusive Academy pencils.


Amanda Hester Amanda Hester is the founder and CEO of Our Write Side. As an author, she enjoys writing in all genres and forms, even grocery lists. She is an artist and Wiccan who has an obsessive love of vampires, kilts, and blue butterflies. She is passionate about many topics and her posts are often laced with the snarky sense of humor one acquires from raising five teenagers, all at once. In her downtime, she can be found with her loving husband, Shawn, exploring the wilderness. She maintains her shreds of sanity with yoga, tea, and cats.

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