This month, one of our resident poets, Susan Chase-Foster, gives us some encouragement to join in on the National Poetry Month activities and festivities. Check out her blog post below. Thanks, Susan!
Hi April Writers,
Itâ€™s a blustery day here in Bâ€™ham and for a while the sky was so white and the temperature so cold it looked like snow. Normally, Iâ€™d murmur (or shout) an unglamorous expletive, but today I simply added â€œApril Snow!â€ to my expanding list of poem possibilities for National Poetry Writing Month or, way more fun to say,
Now, many Red Wheelbarrow writers are familiar with NaNoWriMo, the November write-a-thon in which a novel is written in 30 days. Some of you have created a novel of your own, while others have written a chapter in one the collective RWB masterpieces that Laura Kalpakian and Cami Ostman initiated. Both were great fun! Well, NaPoWriMo is kind of like that only, instead of a novel, participants write a-poem-a-day so that by the end of the month you pretty much have a chapbook of original poetic musings. Thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m taking the plunge.
Donâ€™t worry! There are a ton of supports for those who participate.
â€¢ On the NaPoWriMo website, which you can access by clicking on the link above (or right here), what you will see right away is the blog on which each day a wonderful and optional prompt appears (no kidding) along with an explanation, supporting links and an example or two.
â€¢ There is a daily â€œfeatured pressâ€ to which you might consider submitting your writing.
â€¢ A daily â€œfeatured participantâ€ whose poems and blog you can access by a click also appears, and if youâ€™d like to share your blog with other participants you simply click on the tab at the top of the page that says â€œSubmit Your Site.â€ I did that with my blog.
â€¢ There is an FAQ tab for those who need more information and a Participants Sites tab for those who want to read other writersâ€™ work and maybe make some new friends.
â€¢ You can also access NaPoWriMo via Twitter (@napowrimo2o14) and NaPoWriMoâ€™s Facebook page.
Lastly, I want to let you know what a delightful time Iâ€™m having writing a poem each day. Before Day 1, I was terrified thinking that Iâ€™d never be able to keep up, but what a surprise! With the delicious prompts and supports itâ€™s been surprisingly easy and, most importantly, itâ€™s not too late to start! Not at all. I really hope we can make this an RWB event and that, if you arenâ€™t already participating, youâ€™ll decide to join me and other writers from around the world for this delightful challenge.
If youâ€™d like to take a look at my poems for the first couple of days please head to http://stilllifewithtortillas.com and check out â€œIf Only Eyebrows Were Wings,â€ â€œWild Night! Wild Night!â€ â€œLa Llorona,â€ and â€œHow to Enthuse a Muse.â€