This April, we’re excited to celebrate National Poetry Month with you by sharing poems and events from our community and partners that inspire us to write and honor the power of the poetic form.
Join us at three upcoming Salons to write together!
- April 16: Speaking the Unspeakable: Writing Yourself into Poems with Diana Whitney and Lynn Melnick
- April 30: Poetry Writing Salon with Christina Olivares
Check out some poetry prompts from past Friday Night Salons to get you writing!
- Calling Identity Home: Writing a Poetry Collection with Jasmine Mans. Write a love letter to your home. Things to consider (specificity): time, location, color, texture, street names, voice
- (Un)Spoken Rules of Growing Up Girl with Mahogany L. Browne. Think back to your childhood. What instructions do you remember being told you? Rules that may have contradicted themselves? Rules that you continue to follow to date? Write a poem in the format of an instruction manual, following these rules and demonstrating how you contradict or challenge them.
- Speak Your Truth: Finding Honesty Through Writing Poetry with Jasmin Kaur. I am free when… Finish this sentence. Write whatever comes to your brain, in prose or poetry, like a stream of consciousness. Try to incorporate metaphor and simile.
- Spoken Word Poetry with Cynthia Amoah. Write and describe what silence sounds like in a poem. Be sure to tell listeners what silence feels like. How does the absence of sound affect everything around you?
- Memory, Metaphor, & Magic: Writing Poetic Memoir with Arisa White. Bring attention to someone whose absence has affected you. Where do you feel it in your body? Write down the part of your body where you feel the absence. Describe the feeling as a series of colors and objects. Ask your absence a question. Write this question down. Turn it into a poem.
Find more writing prompts in the back of book curriculum of our annual anthologies!
- “Love Letter to Girls Write Now” by Tiffani Ren
- “Where Do We Go From Here?” by Giftbelle Lomotey
- “Ode to Being Au Natural” by Janiah Taylor
- “anxiety” by Faith Destiny Cummings
Inspired by these poems? Interested in joining our community of writers, poets, and changemakers? Fill out our interest form to be notified of when enrollment for the Girls Write Now Class of 2022 opens!
- Poetry.org posts a poem-of-the-day every day on Twitter and has lots of fun resources for how to celebrate National Poetry Month.
- Poetry Magazine (published by @poetryfoundation) features some of our favorite poets and friends of Girls Write Now.
- Poets & Writers posts prompts and resources for poets.