Tuesday, March 31, 2009

National Poetry Month 2009

Over the years I've never given National Poetry Month more than a cursory thought. This year Letras Latinas would like to change that. Though it is true, where PALABRA PURA is concerned, that we partnered with the Poetry Foundation to present Victor Hernández Cruz in April of 2007, and Lorna Dee Cervantes and Rigoberto González in April of 2008. This year, PALABRA PURA will be showcasing Dan Vera and Carmen Alicia Murguia on April 15. And the Guild Complex will be presenting a very special reading on April 3, featuring the Chilean poet Raul Zurita and the poet/translator Daniel Borzutzky.

The Academy of American Poets took the lead when this annual initiative started in 1996. One of the more recent NPM initiatves that has caught my intention is its Poem in your Pocket Day program. Letras Latinas plans to spur and promote a variation on this project on the designated day, April 30. In the meantime, have a peek at what the Academy has in mind with this initiative---HERE.

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