April is National Poetry Month! Founded in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, bringing poetry into classrooms, the media, and to readers.
How will you celebrate National Poetry Month? If you’re coming into the library, you can find dozens of poetry books on the nonfiction shelves: anthologies are at 808.81, collections by American poets at 811, and British poets at 821. Many recent novels have been written in verse, from the Ellen Hopkins' classic teen novel Crank to the latest collection from award-winning author Kwame Alexander, Light for the World to See. Or pick up some books on how to write your own poems.
You can also access ebooks from home using CloudLibrary - just download the free CloudLibrary app for Android, iOS, Kindle Fire, or Windows/Mac, log in with your library card and PIN numbers, then Browse for Nonfiction using the category Poetry. Recent and upcoming releases include Amanda Gorman’s The Hill We Climb and American Melancholy from legendary writer Joyce Carol Oates. You can find streaming video about poetry and poets, too, with Kanopy! Just enter your library card and PIN numbers to access 10 streaming credits per week.
If you’re looking for in-depth poetry reading and research, try our Literature Resource Center database. Get articles from literary journals and reference books, including biographies of poets, analysis of poems and more. Try a "Works Search" for a complete listing of their poetry coverage. Log in for free with your library card and PIN numbers.
Can’t make it in to the library to get a card? We offer eCards that allow access to our online resources, including CloudLibrary, Literature Resource Center and Kanopy! If you’re a Maricopa County resident, you can fill out the online form to register for your eCard. See more at our Get a Library Card page. eCard users can come in to the library at any time to upgrade to a full-access card that allows checkout of books and other physical materials.