April is National Poetry Month!
National Poetry Month seeks to highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets, and introduce the pleasures and benefits of reading poetry. We want to bring poetry to the public in immediate and innovative ways, and make poetry an important part of children's education. Some creative opportunities that Carrboro is offering for National Poetry Month include: "Poets Open Mic Night," "Poetry on Your Plate," "Reading in the Round," and the 13th Annual West End Poetry Festival happening in the fall. For more information on how you can participate go to www.townofcarrboro.org.
“NATIONAL POETRY MONTH”
WHEREAS, the Academy of American Poets established the month of April as National Poetry Month in 1996; and
WHEREAS, National Poetry Month seeks to highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets; introduce the pleasures and benefits of
reading poetry; bring poets and poetry to the public in immediate and innovative ways; and make poetry an important part of our children's education; and
WHEREAS, as National Poetry Month, under the leadership and direction of the Academy of American Poets, is now the largest literary celebration in the world;
WHEREAS, poetry enhances and enriches the lives of all Americans and, as an essential part of the arts and humanities, affects every aspect of life in America
today, including education, the economy, and community pride and development; and
WHEREAS, the Town of Carrboro has had a Poet Laureate since 2002 and the current Poet Laureate is Gary Phillips; and
WHEREAS, the first Tuesday of each month, the Recreation and Parks Department hosts a “Poets Open Mic Night” at the Open Eye Cafe; and
WHEREAS, Carrboro’s monthly “West End Poetry Newsletter” highlights poetry readings, groups, workshops, websites, and events; and
WHEREAS, the 13th Annual West End Poetry Festival will take place from October 17 – 20, 2018 and will focus on the theme of intersections; and
WHEREAS, on Sunday, May 6, 2018, the Carrboro Poets Council will host a Poetry “Reading in the Round” to take place in the Town Hall Boardroom from 2:30 –
4:30 p.m. This is an open reading – all are welcome – come read your own work, come ready to share a poem you love by someone else, or come to listen only; and
WHEREAS, to celebrate National Poetry Month, a “Poetry on Your Plate” event will be hosted at the Century Center on Monday, April 23rd from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that I, Lydia E. Lavelle, Mayor of the Town of Carrboro, North Carolina, do hereby proclaim the month of April 2018
as “National Poetry Month”. I invite public officials, educators, librarians, and all the people of Carrboro to take the time to read a bit of poetry this month, and to
attend a program being offered this year in Carrboro celebrating poetry.
This the 3rd day of April 2018.
Lydia E. Lavelle, Mayor