National Poetry Month just Around the Corner

     April is National Poetry Month. The one month out of the year that we actually get to acknowledge and appreciate poetry as a whole should we be so fortunate to. In all reality, there isn’t too much coverage of poetry in the mass media about NPM, but perhaps on your local National Public Radio station, or something like that & in schools  and libraries, as well. But, regardless of the coverage, there is always much to do during national poetry month. It is a time where the literati really get to come out and play. I, for one will be attending the Austin International Poetry Festival at the end of the month. AIPF has been going on for over a decade now during NPM and is the largest gathering of poets in the USA. Poets convene from all across the U.S. and internationally as well on Austin, TX for a handful of days to celebrate the art of poetry. Readings take place all around the city in local bookstores, libraries, universities and coffee shops. I had the distinction of reading there twice, one year at a reading held at St. Edwards U. and the another year at La Resistance Bookshop. Literally hundreds and hundreds of writers and poets flock to Austin for this event and Channel Austin will be holding it’s EXSE Spoken Word event in honor of NPM as well. The EXSE Spoken Word showcase is set to air April 24, 2009 from 12pm-12am. There will be an encore presentation of the showcase aired many times during 2009 and upcoming years on channelAustin’s Cable channels 10, 11, and 16.  How exciting! The Austin International Poetry Festival will take place April 23-26, 2009 in Austin,TX. I recommend you try  and make it out this year for AIPF– it’s looking to be a promising year. Don’t worry, there are a lot of things coming up for April and I’ll try to keep you abreast on the situation as the details roll in…

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