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National Poetry Month

This guide will help you celebrate National Poetry Month!

Exciting news: Tracy K. Smith named the U.S. Poet Laureate

Tracy K. Smith has been appointed the U.S. Poet Laureate!

The new Poet Laureate is a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and a professor at Princeton University.

"Smith joins a long line of distinguished poets who have served in the position, including Juan Felipe Herrera, Charles Wright, Natasha Trethewey, Philip Levine, W.S. Merwin, Kay Ryan, Charles Simic, Donald Hall, Ted Kooser, Louise Glück, Billy Collins, Stanley Kunitz, Robert Pinsky, Robert Hass and Rita Dove." (from LoC news release, to see the full story, click here.)

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The FIU Libraries own two of Tracy K. Smith's three books of poetry:

The winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, The Body's Question:

available at the Green Library and

the Pulitzer Prize-winning Life on Mars: Poems

available at the Hubert Library.

O'Miami Poetry Festival--ongoing events all month

O, Miami is a biennial poetry festival in Miami, FL. Produced by the University of Wynwood with principal support provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, O, Miami creates a series of events and projects with the simple goal of every person in Miami-Dade County finding a poem during the month of April. Mixing traditional readings with innovative poetry-in-public-places projects, the festival weaves poetry into the fabric of the city’s existing infrastructure and cultural life.

Poetry on the Web

Poetry books by FIU alumni in the library!

How to Read a Poem