Celebrate Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month!  What better way to celebrate than by exploring the works of different poets?  Here are a few to get you started:

William Shakespeare: Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564.  There are few records from this time, and little is known about Shakespeare's life before he signed on with a theatrical group that became first the Lord Chamberlain's Men, and later the King's Men... Read More


Margaret Atwood: Atwood earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Harvard.  Though perhaps best known today for her prose, Atwood's first publications were poetry... Read More


Howard Nemerov: Nemerov showed an early fascination with the arts.  He earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard in 1941 and joined the U.S. Air Force during WWII.  After the war, he returned to New York with his wife and began what was to become a lifelong career teaching career.  Read More


Maya Angelou: Maya Angelou grew up in Missouri and Arkansas.  Her childhood was far from charmed, as she recounts in the first and best known volume of her autobiography... Read More


Basho: Born in 1644 near Kyoto, Japan, Matsuo Kinsaku, later known as Basho, gained his early appreciation for literature while in the service of the son of a local lord...Read More



Fleda Brown: After earning her doctorate in English from the University of Arkansas, in 1978 she took a position at the University of Delaware, where, she created the Poets in the Schools program, which introduced children in local schools to poetry with the help of graduate student poets...Read More