National Poetry Month
April is National Poetry Month. Celebrate with the Library by checking out books, participating in the Haiku contests and joining us for virtual events.
Check out the catalog of poetry books, ebooks and audiobooks here.
- Thursday, April 1: This is What America Looks Like - An Author Talk and Poetry Reading
- Tuesday, April 6: "I Wish" Book Talk
- Thursday, April 8: Investigating the Poet-Playwright with Mosaic Theater
- Wednesday, April 14: Virtual Readers Theatre
- Tuesday, April 20: Celebrating National Poetry Month with Gigi Bradford
- Thursday, April 22: On Poetry and Activism: An Evening with Clint Smith
- Friday, April 30: DC Queer Flix - Reaching for the Moon
Write a haiku about one of the following themes:
✎your love of books, stories or the library,
✎something you’ve missed since the start of the pandemic,
✎ cherry blossoms, or
✎something special to DC.
The contest runs April 1-30 in honor of National Poetry Month. Prize-winners will take home library swag and have their poem posted in the library and on the DC Public Library website and social media channels in May.
Each branch will select children’s (6-12), teen (13-19) and adult winners.
Limited to 2 entries per person.
Submit your poem here.
En abril, celebre el Mes Nacional de la Poesía participando en nuestro concurso de Creación de Haiku. Haga click aquí para entrar.
I Wish which was written by Toon Tellegen, illustrated by Ingrid Godon and translated from the Dutch by David Colmer. DC Family Reads is a DC Public Library literacy program that complements DC Reads, featuring a book that families can enjoy reading, discussing and doing related activities together. This month's book with 33 poems and intriguing portraits is a 2021 Notable Book of Children’s Poetry by the National Council of Teachers of English. We encourage you to write a poem or to create art inspired by the book and to share it with Elsewhere Editions who will post it on their website. Visit the DC Family Reads page to learn more.