National Poetry Month

Austin Library 2021

The month of April is National Poetry month. We are celebrating several different ways in the AAE library.

Poetry Contest

Submit your poems to be published in the 2021 Young American Poetry Digest.


All poems should be submitted in the Library Canvas Course. More details and information are included in the Canvas course.


Poems must be submitted to Mrs. Harris by April 16, 2021.

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Add your poem to our Flipgrid

Write an original poem, or find your favorite poem from a book or online. Record yourself reading your poem. Be sure to tell us the name of the poet (author) and the title of the poem.

Be as creative as you want with this... for example: act out the poem, write the poem on the sidewalk using sidewalk chalk, or create a video on your computer.

Below are some websites where you might find some poems:

poets.org/poems-kids
www.poetryfoundation.org
www.poetry4kids.com
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Blackout Poetry

Blackout Poetry is a form of “found poetry” where you select words that catch your interest from a newspaper, book, or other printed text – along with a few additional words to make it flow. Then you “redact” all the words you don't want.


I encourage you to try this out! Create your own blackout poetry and bring it to the library or share with me digitally. I would love to have some poems displayed outside the library.


You can come by the library and get a book page from me. You could also make a copy of one page of your favorite book to use, instead of the book itself.


What you will need:

  • a page from an old book
  • markers, paint, or crayons
  • creativity


Watch the tutorial below, and see some examples. Blackout poetry can take many forms.

How To: Black Out Poetry