I read an article today about the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. later this month. The article made me smile.
No, I didn’t smile because of a ticket to the event. I do not live close by. In fact, I live in another country Canada! Instead, I smiled because poetry is included in this major literary event. This is the 12th year for the Library of Congress event.
Back to my smile.
You see, I always worry that poetry will be overlooked by longer works of prose. I sometimes wonder whether people are so taken with gadgets that they will not try their own hand at writing poetry or taking a read. Events like the 2012 National Book Festival ensure that the poetry genre continues to be strong in terms of both writers and readers.
I attach the link to the festival details below. The specific link is the itinerary for September 22, which is the first day of the annual event.
The first day begins with Poetry Out Load, a 45 minute session in which high school students will read poetry. The goal, according to the post, is for students to learn more about poetry and also practice public-speaking skills and improve their self-confidence. I think the students who participate, both as speakers and in the audience, will be much richer for the experience.
This is christyb wishing you a day full of poetry.
- 2012 National Book Festival: Poetry and Prose, The Washington Post