Want To Read Some Great Poetry This Month? Follow @30Poets30Days

‘Tis the time of year when poets wax poetic Web-wide, sharing their work and participating in writing contests (like our flash fiction contest that’s running all month).

It’s also a time to discover some great writing if you’re of the ‘reader’ variety – and we have a Twitter account to tell you about that will be sharing 30 poets’ work during these 30 days of April.

It’s called 30 Poets/ 30 Days.

We told you last year about 30 Poets/30 Days, but caught it at the end of the month so wanted to alert  you early enough to follow along this time around.

Greg Pincus is the person behind the @30poets30days Twitter and the corresponding blog, GottaBook, where he shares the poems. The focus is always on children’s poetry and here’s a brief Q&A sharing a bit more about the poets you’ll find and how they’re selected.

Q: How do you select poets to participate?

A: I pick the poets personally based on a few factors: people who have books out being the biggest, but also people who I see all the time in the children’s poetry world (blogging poets, for example). People can always email me to put their names in the ring, but there’s no submission or audition process.

Q: How can folks submit and is it too late to submit for this year?

A: There is never a theme beyond celebrating children’s poetry. The range of poems I get is remarkable each year, and sometimes small themes develop from that, but poets are encouraged to send what they love, not what I want. It’s not an anthology but a celebration.

And yes, it’s too late to submit for this year.

But if you’re an established poet and interested in participating next year, be sure to follow along and reach out! And be sure to try your hand at AllTwitter’s Flash Fiction contest – also running the entire month of April.

Do you have a favorite poet you’d like to plug for National Poetry Month?

(Image from 30 Poets/30 Days)

@MaryCLong maryclong@digitalmediaghost.com Mary C. Long is Chief Ghost at Digital Media Ghost. She writes about everything online and is published widely, with a focus on privacy concerns, specifically social sabotage.