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Recommended Reading: April: National Poetry Month

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National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets.

For a list of events and more information about National Poetry Month at Highline College please visit the National Poetry Month website (link below).

Online Poetry Resources

2022 Visiting Poets

Naomi Shihab Nye

In-person reading and workshop on Thursday, May 12th, 2022 from 10-12
Building 8, Mt Constance

Naomi Shihab Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother of German and Swiss descent, growing up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. Nye is the author/editor of over 30 volumes and has won countless awards for her work. She draws her work from her Palestinian-American heritage, using her writing to attest to our shared humanity. Nye’s work also derives from her travels to various countries around the world. Her most recent book is Cast Away: Poems for Our Time (2020).

Enzo Silon Surin 

Virtual reading and workshop on Thursday, April 21, 2022 from 11-1

Enzo Silon Surin is a Haitian-born poet, educator, speaker, publisher and social advocate who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the author of the award winning When My Body Was a Clinched Fist (2020) and two chapbooks, A Letter of Resignation: An American Libretto (2017) and Higher Ground. Surin’s work shines light on experiences he calls “broken spaces,” and his poems have been featured in various publications and exhibits.

Poetry from War-Torn Countries

Poetry Writing Resources