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        SPECIAL ITEMS----Too Late to Print:


Ina Coolbrith Circle

SEPT TO MAY ONLY (hiatus in December)

Poets are limited to one poem, one page in length.

Deborah Schmidt


will be our Zoom hostess. 

Please let her know if you are coming

with your screen name and e-mail address. 

She will send you the Zoom invitation a day or two before the meeting and also admit you.

Deborah will share your poem on screen while you read it.


Updated April 7, 202111:53 AM ET



Calling all poets — even and especially if you don't call yourself one. Use #NPRpoetry to send us your mini poems, and we'll feature some of your submissions each week of April.

Every April, in honor of National Poetry Month, we call on our audience (yes, you!) to help us celebrate the art of the verse.

Keeping with NPR tradition, we're asking for your original poems: haiku, couplets, free form, you name it. This year — our spoken wordsmiths may be pleased to know — we're adding TikTok to the mix.

How to share your poem

On Twitter: Tweet your poem, in 140 characters or less, with the hashtag #NPRpoetry.

On TikTok: Post your poem to your TikTok page using #NPRpoetry. Remember to keep it to no more than 15 seconds and, of course, radio friendly.


Each week for the rest of the month, a professional poet will join All Things Considered to talk about some of the submissions that caught their eye. We'll continue to update this page with those conversations.

(Note: Your submission will be governed by our general Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. NPR may publish your submission in any media or format and/or use it for journalistic and/or commercial purposes generally, and may allow others to do so.)


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