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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

NYPL's National Poetry Month Contest

As I have mentioned multiple times this month, I have really made an effort to be more cognisant of poetry during April, National Poetry Month. 

Today, for the last day of the celebration, I have a link to share, and it is one that features a BPL staff member.

This month, the New York Public Library sponsored a contest entitled, "Little Poems, Big Thoughts."  From their site:
"April is National Poetry Month. Celebrate with the winners of NYPL's National Poetry Contest on Twitter chosen by our judges from nearly 400 registrants from 224 Cities in 41 States, ranging from Alaska to Wyoming."
They posted a winner a day, all month long.  There is some fun, accessible, and well written poetry here.  I also love how they used  technology to put a new shine on an old medium.  They may have been tweeted poems, but they are still poems.  What a fun way to stay true to the core mission of the library while still attracting new writers and readers.

As if that were enough, about halfway down the page, one of the winners is the BPL's very own reference librarian, Verna Austen.  Click here for her twitter feed.

Congratulations Verna.  And thanks to the NYPL for running the contest.  And, one last time, Happy National Poetry month.  I hope we all think about poetry a little more all the year through.

1 comment:

Kimberly said...

Congratulations to Verna. That's wonderful that she's been recognized!