This Fortnight in Poetry Education: National Library Week

Hilary GanHilary Gan is an Education Intern, and an MFA candidate in Fiction at the University of Arizona.

First things first:  April is National Poetry Month, and this week is National Library Week!  It's like a Turducken for poetry lovers.  Our own Alison Hawthorne Deming and Norman Dubie are two of poets.org's featured poets, along with UA-alumnus-turned-ASU-faculty Alberto Rios.

Teachers can find National Poetry Month tips for incorporating poetry into the classroom here; feel free to check out the Poetry Center's lesson plan library here.

Brad Meltzer's article on the unsung heroics of school librarians at The Huffington Post is making the rounds, and you have until April 11 to participate in the six-word story contest hosted by atyourlibrary.org.

Gerry LaFemina claims that poetry in American is experiencing another Golden Age.

And our very own Tucsonian Joshua Furtado won the 2012 Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Competition! On March 29th, at Phoenix Center for the Arts, Furtado brought the house down with his renditions of Eve Merriam's "Catch a Little Rhyme," Edgar Allan Poe's "Annabel Lee," and Ravi Shankar's "Contraction." Josh will be heading to the Poetry Out Loud Nationals in Washington D.C., May 13-15, to represent the state of Arizona. Good luck, Josh! We're so proud of you!

Two new members of the Arizona Board of Regents were confirmed; Greg Patterson's confirmation hearing lasted more than an hour.

Finally, an article on why literature is important, discussing Michael Mack's new book, How Literature Changes the Way We Think, which I wish I'd had lying around last semester when my students asked me, on the day of the final, "Why should we care about literature?"  The argument here, specifically, is that art is not simply a reflection of the world, but a space created where revolution can happen, where sidelined ways of living can be brought to the surface and championed, and where current culture and norms can be challenged.  Why do you think literature is important?

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Monday, April 16, 2012
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