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Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Library

National Poetry Month April 2023National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture. Madison Public Library is celebrating National Poetry Month this year with workshops, book displays and a poem a day. 



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Poem A Day

From 2018-2020, Madison Public Library celebrated National Poetry Month by posting a poem a day throughout the entire month of April. In various years, poems were recommended by Madison-area readers and writers, curated by City of Madison Poets Laureate, or selected by Library staff.

You can check out the highlighted poems and find out why each was chosen on the A Poem a Day page.

Past Years' Selections

2020 Selections

Chosen by City of Madison Poet Laureate Angela Trudell Vasquez

2019 Selections

Chosen by Madison Public Library staff.

2018 Selections

Curated by 2018 City of Madison Poet Laureate Oscar Mireles.