NaPoWriMo 2010

This is my favorite time of year, when poets shed their winter cocoons through a marathon writing process known as National Poetry Writing Month, or NaPoWriMo. (Or Inter-NaPoWriMo! It's really an international event.) I’ve participated for the past three Aprils, and each time I’ve managed to write 30 poems in 30 days.

For NaPoWriMo, I’m doing a hybrid challenge by participating in prompts created by Read Write Poem and the Poetic Asides PAD Challenge. This year will be a challenge because of the amount of travel I’m doing, but I’m optimistic about the kind of poetry I will write … well …under duress. (*smile*)

For the record, while my sidebar counter says otherwise, I have a few drafts started but have yet to post them. I may refine them a bit before making them public. Still, it's good to be writing poems again.

Happy NaPoWriMo!


Thanks to Rigoberto Gonzalez for this blurb on the National Book Critics Circle's Web site.


Tomorrow, I'm reading at Babson College, but on Thursday, I'll be at the Georgia Center for the Book to kick off National Poetry Month!

From the Poetry Atlanta blog:

Poetry Atlanta and Georgia Center for the Book team up to present another Poetry Atlanta Presents... with two fantastic poets performing and signing their latest work. The reading is Thursday, April 1, 7:15 p.m. at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St. Admission is free and free parking is available in the deck behind the library. This event is made possible by a grant from Poets & Writers.

The featured poets:

January Gill O’Neil is the author of Underlife (CavanKerry Press). Her poems and articles have appeared in The MOM Egg, Crab Creek Review, Ouroboros Review, Drunken Boat, Crab Orchard Review, Callaloo, Babel Fruit, Edible Phoenix, Literary Mama, Field, Seattle Review, Stuff Magazine, Can We Have Our Ball Back, Read Write Poem, and Cave Canem anthologies II and IV. In 2009, January was awarded a Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant. She is featured in Poets & Writers magazine's January/February 2010 Inspiration issue as one of their 12 debut poets. A Cave Canem fellow, she is a senior writer/editor at Babson College, and runs a popular blog called Poet Mom.

James May's work has recently appeared in The New Republic, The New Ohio Review, and 32 Poems. He is the editor-in-chief of New South and soon to be married to the poet Chelsea Rathburn.

Thanks to Collin Kelley for setting up the reading!


evelyn.n.alfred said…
Have any of the poems you've written for NaPoWriMo or PAD, ever end up as poetry you've published?
Jessie Carty said…
I like Evelyn's question! I can say that my NaPoWriMo poems have been published. I'd say out of 30 I usually have at least 5 keepers :)

Have fun with all of your traveling and poem writing!!!
January said…
Great question, Evelyn!

I've probably published five pieces each year from the 30 that I write in journals during April. But at least 15 have a shot of making it into a manuscript. I tend not to submit to a lot of journals, so that might have something to do with the low percentage.
evelyn.n.alfred said…
Thank you January and Jessie. That makes me hopeful that some of the poem I produce for NaPoWriMo will be good ones.

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