It’s Rhyme Time in Seattle: Poetry events around town

Poetry Contest Beat PoetIt’s National Poetry Month once again, and Seattle’s got it covered. First of all, Seattle Public Library offers many opportunities to write, read, and hear poetry all month long at various branches around the city:

For the poetry contest at the Northest Branch, we’re trying to break our records for poets’ ages – the current title-holders being 4 and 84. Winners will earn prizes, publication in chapbooks, and the chance to read their winning poems aloud in the children, teen, and adult divisions. And our grand prize winner will walk away with the coveted Wedgie Award Trophy. The final awards ceremony and poetry reading is on Tuesday, May 21, from 6 to 8 p.m.

And there are also many other poetry readings and events around town in April. Highlights are:poetry home repair

Anyone can write a poem, so try checking out The Poetry Home Repair Manual by Ted Kooser, The Everything Writing Poetry Book by Tina Eliopulos, or Next Word, Better Word: The Craft of Writing Poetry by Stephen Dobyns.

And here is today’s featured haiku:

Open-ended treasure hunt
No book in mind
Serendipitous find!
                –  Betsy Forbes, Southwest Branch

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