National Poetry Month was first introduced in April 1996 and is intended to celebrate poets and their work, as well as raise poetry’s awareness and appreciation.

Abiola Valentine is a poet who uses writing as a way to express the variety of human emotions people feel. Her poetry promotes self-esteem, self-respect, self-discipline and love for the unity of humanity. Valentine is also a speaking artist and has presented her original spoken work in many different capacities, as well as the works of others.  

Nikki Giovanni is one of the most widely-read American poets. Her poetry focuses on the individual and the power one has to make a difference in oneself and, in turn, the lives of others. Last week, Giovanni was on NPR reading aloud an original tweet poem about West Virginia.

Sonia Sanchez is a well-respected poet and international speaker. She has lectured at over 500 universities and colleges in the United States, and has read her poetry in Africa, Cuba, England, the Caribbean, Australia, Europe and more. Sanchez read her poem “Morning Song and Evening Walk for Martin Luther King” at the Peace Ball in Washington, D.C.

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