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Celebrate National Poetry Month through April

It’s April, National Poetry Month and the Renegade Poets of Nevada County are going to great lengths to make the community aware of it.

“There will be poets on radio, on TV, handing out broadsides and doing flash poetry readings throughout the month,” said poet Bill Gainer. The poets of Nevada County are inviting the community to be part of what they do – celebrate poetry.

National Poetry Month is a major celebration of a literary art form. The Academy of American Poets wrote, “In 1996, with the help of a variety of government agencies, educators, publishers, sponsors, poets, and arts organizations the Academy of American Poets established April as National Poetry Month. The concept was to create a month-long, national celebration of poetry to increase the attention paid – by individuals and the media – to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our poetic heritage, and to poetry books and magazines. In the end, the Academy hoped to achieve an increase in the visibility, presence, and accessibility of poetry in our culture. National Poetry Month has been successful beyond all anticipation and has grown over the years into the largest literary celebration in the world.”

The Renegade Poets of Nevada County are an informal group of Nevada County poets who have come together to bring attention to our local poets and their work. “Nevada County is full of nationally and internationally recognized poets and writers,” Gainer said. “We walk past these people everyday without knowing who they are, or the grandness of their contribution to the literary world. The Renegade Poets hope to change that.”

This year Molly Fisk is working with KVMR to have poetry read on-air throughout the month. Bill Gainer and Adele Taylor will be filming poetry shorts for presentation on NCTV.

Bill Lee and Chris Olander will be setting up flash poetry readings around town. They could show up under the town clock in Grass Valley, or in Callahan Park in Nevada City.

Tom Wilson and Charity Bryson are scheduling poetry readings at venues around the community. “We do not have a final count,” said Gainer. “But it is expected that over 50 local poets and organizations will be participating in various events. Everyone is invited.” Despite the name, Renegade Poets of Nevada County, we will be business friendly and no laws will be broken, he said.

Anyone interested in participating, or who has ideas they would like to share, call (530) 432-8196.

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