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April 10, 2018

National Poetry Month 2018

April is National Poetry Month, a celebration that began in 1996 and was started by the Academy of American Poets. This is a month dedicated to the appreciation and spread of poetry in the United States.

The North Carolina Literary Map has a section dedicated to poetry about North Carolina, with 172 collections available to browse. This National Poetry Month we mark the memory of Kathryn Stripling Byer, former Poet Laureate and the first woman to hold the title. Her poetry often focused upon the lives of women in the Appalachians and their hardships. One such example is Black Shawl, a collection of poetry about the female ballad singers in western North Carolina. Her last published poetry collection, Descent, confronted and challenged the legacy of southern racism.

If you are interested, check out her poetry at your local library or bookstore! Celebrate National Poetry Month with poems inspired by our own state!

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