Happy spring, new and seasoned poets! 

Welcome to our Red Wheelbarrow Writers NaPoWriMo event for 2023! During the month of April to celebrate National Poetry Writing Month we are delighted to invite you to write one poem per day, for 30 days. Post them if and when you wish on this page. By the end of the month you will have accomplished 30 poems and had fun in the process. Because our group is private, poems you post here do not count as “published.” So, you are free to submit them elsewhere as original/unpublished work.

In addition to reading each other’s posted poems, we love the idea of encouraging fellow poets by writing supportive comments to let them know their efforts are appreciated.

Here are some useful links:

If you are already a member of our RWB NaPoWriMo group on Facebook simply go to RWB NaPoWriMo.

Because we are a private group, if you are not yet a member, on Facebook go to RWB NaPoWriMo, ask to join and we’ll be happy to include you.

You can also Google https://www.facebook.com/groups/1550386535224686 to reach the group.

If you’d like to try using a fresh prompt each day, www.napowrimo.net is home to NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo (Global Poetry Writing Month), an excellent resource. A daily prompt is offered, along with examples and resources for a variety of poetic possibilities.

If you are interested in exploring a variety of poetic forms, here is a link to a related resource from Writer’s Digest:


Last year many poets had a sweet time writing American Sentences during the month, an alternative to haiku created by Allen Ginsberg. An American Sentence, like haiku, has seventeen syllables, but it is written horizontally, like a regular sentence. The idea is to capture a moment, an observation, a snapshot of experience, and insight in a single 17-syllable sentence. A few examples: 

            A housefly floated overnight in my cup of cold French roast coffee.

            Is an American Sentence a poem or a wild wisp of wonder?

            Two nomad gulls float on a driftwood plank headed to Victoria.

Looking forward to reading your poems and sharing ours with you this April.

All the best,

Susan and Victoria