NaPoWriMo 2014 Begins Today




If you are planning to writing a poem a day in April, there are sources of inspiration all around. Starting in the most obvious place, check out the NaPoWriMo site. You will find everything you need to get started. Add your blog to the list of participants and join the community of writers.

There are also poetry prompts being published on blogs across the Internet. Check out:


The Bell Jar

Chris Jarmick




Writer’s Digest

When stuck (which will be soon enough) I plan to use The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice by Kelly Agodon and Martha Silano (Two Sylvias Press). Feel free to share your fave NaPo links here.

Resources for NaPoWriMo 2012

The official poster for National Poetry Month 2012 (Academy of American Poets)

If you’ve found a great source of writing prompts on the web, please share the link as a comment, and I will add it to the list.

The Poets: NaPoWriMo 2011

Here’s a list of poets participating in NaPoWriMo 2011. If you’d like your blog link added to (or subtracted from) the list, just leave it in thecomment section. In an effort to save time I carried over my list from last year.  If you’d like to set up a free blog, is an easy option. I have a blog that I use just for writing drafts with friends, and I have it set so that it is “hidden” from the search engines. It seems like a good idea to keep my horrid first drafts to myself and my friends!

A Poem a Day

If you want to receive a poem a day via email during April, National Poetry Month, send an email to Writers in the Schools (WITS) at this address:  These are not just any old poems; they’re poems written by bonafide children.  Here’s a free sample:

On the Other Side

I walked into a tunnel of blue

light and on the other side I

saw a world where mother

held babies, where muscle

men fall down, where ship

fly, where men take care of

men, where there is a castle,

where cats cry out loud, where

women have wings, where

birds sing, where there is

a heaven.

        by Ali, age 10


Actually the entire month of poems is 100% free.  Poetry and air have a lot in common in that both are free.  Quality can vary however!

Request your poem a day by emailing WITS.