We Are Poets & You Know It(s)! Great Reads During National Poetry Month

We Are Poets & You Know It(s)! Great Reads During National Poetry Month

We Are Poets & You Know It(s)! Great Reads During National Poetry Month

By: Anders Arnold

April is National Poetry Month and this is the perfect time to discover (or re-discover) the beautiful art of poetry. Here’s a great little guide to help you check out some awesome titles, learn more about some modern poets and gather general information about the month-long celebration.
Check these out:


For Teens / Young Adults


Solo by Kwame Alexander



Black Girl Magic by Mahogany L. Brown



Audacity by Melanie Crowder



Bull by David Elliott



Enchanted Air: two cultures, two wings: a memoir by Margarita Engle



Blue Lipstick: concrete poems by John Grandits



Poisoned Apples: poems for you, my pretty by Christine Heppermann



Crank by Ellen Hopkins



October Mourning: a song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman



Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds



I Just Hope it’s Lethal: poems of sadness, madness and joy by Liz Rosenberg



True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff


Other YA suggestions via GoodReads

1. YA Novels in Verse
2. Young Adult Poetry


For Children & Families



The Crossover by Kwame Alexander



Love by Matt de la Pena; illustrated by Loren Long



Voice from the Underground Railroad by Kay Winters; illustrated by Larry Day



Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson


For Older Teens & Adults



Hamilton East Public Library is proud to offer some poetry-themed programs in April. Please make sure to mark your calendars and check out these exciting events:

4/17 – Fishers Verse Come, Verse Served Poetry Slam! (Teens only, Grades 8-12, Fishers Library 6:30-8pm)

4/28 – An Afternoon with Award Winning Poet, Adrian Matejka (Adult program, Fishers Library, 1-2:30pm)

Want more info about some modern poets? Three are highlighted below…
1. Kwame Alexander
2. Ellen Hopkins
3. Adrian Matejka

There’s a lot more information out there featuring other talented poets. Do some searching and don’t forget to check with your librarian…we’re here to help!

Looking for general information about National Poetry Month? Click here.