From World Poetry Day to National Poetry Month

"Nile River Delta at Night"@ NASA Commons (

“Nile River Delta at Night” @ NASA Commons (

From World Poetry Day to National Poetry Month, the next few days and weeks are a poet’s dream. Here at YARN, we are celebrating with all kinds of poetic goodies in the pipeline. To start it all off, today—World Poetry Day—marks the day we open for submissions to our Enchanted Places and Spaces poetry contest, judged by YARN alum and general superstar, Margarita Engle.

The contest runs through Friday, April 8th at midnight, so polish up those fantastic places and get them to our inbox by then. Winners will be announced (and published) on Tuesday, April 26th.

Later in the month, we’ll be featuring poetry by Leza Lowitz, whose verse novel, Up from the Sea, shares hope amidst the tragedy and aftermath of the 2011 tsunami in Japan, and by Dana Walrath, whose verse novel, Like Water on Stone, likewise breaks hearts with its glimpse inside the Armenian genocide. We’re also sitting down for a virtual chat with both authors, which we’ll be sharing here on YARN during National Poetry Month.

Finally, we’re starting off a very full and rich poetry season by featuring work by two teens new to YARN whose images blew us away. As always, we’re looking forward to reading your poetry. Find out how to submit to us here.

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