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It’s National Poetry Month!: 30 Unique Ways to Celebrate Poets and Their Craft

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April is National Poetry Month! Inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, it has become the largest worldwide literary event. Schools, libraries, bookstores, publishers and fans of literature celebrate poets and their craft with events like Poem in Your Pocket, Poem-a-Day, and Dear Poet. If you are looking for creative ways to celebrate poetry in all its forms, here are 15 suggestions from the Academy of American Poets’ list of 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month: Sign up for Teach This Poem, a weekly series for teachers. Review these concrete examples of how poetry matters in the United States today. Learn more about poets and poetry events in your state. Ask your governor or mayor for a proclamation in support of National Poetry…

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A book of histories found within objects: BookTrib talks to Aurelie Sheehan

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Aurelie Sheehan is the author of two novels and two collections of short stories—most recently, Jewelry Box: A Collection of Histories (BOA Editions, 2013). Her writing is funny, intimate, and occasionally mordant—like a conversation you wish to be included in. Sheehan has received a Pushcart Prize, a Camargo Fellowship, and the Jack Kerouac Literary Award. She teaches fiction at the University of Arizona in Tucson. You can learn more about her at www.aureliesheehan.com.   Can you explain the origin of Jewelry Box? I wrote Jewelry Box over many years, in rushes of inspiration, in between drafts of two or three novels and longer stories. It began like this: I had just finished a draft of The Anxiety of Everyday Objects [Penguin…

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