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Local Writers Fair 14 April 2012

GTP staff members Feliza Casano and Alan Beyersdorf will be at the Local Writers Fair at the Wood County District Public Library in Bowling Green, Ohio on April 14.

The event, which lasts from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., features writers from Northwest Ohio discussing the various methods of publishing. After the panel discussion, local authors will be available for book sales and signings.

Feliza will be selling and signing copies of The TECH Project, a young adult sci-fi/action-adventure novel published in 2010.  All visitors are encouraged to attend the event to meet local writers and learn more about the literary community in Northwest Ohio.

Learn more about The TECH Project at the book site and learn more about the author on her blog.

If you are also planning to attend the event as a local author, please feel free to stop by and meet us both.  We always love to meet new people, especially authors, and make sure to drop off a business card or even a few pages of your work.

Learn more about the Wood County District Public Library on their website.

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National Poetry Month: Poetry Prompt #1

Today’s prompt is based on the current Christian holiday: Good Friday.

Consider the concept of salvation.  What is salvation?  Religious, personal, community, or something else?  How do you define it – and how would you describe it?

Check back next Friday for another prompt.

The Literary Month of April

April isn’t usually considered a very special month.  It’s not like December, which is chock-full of holidays, or even like May or July with their barbecue holidays.  Yet April is a very literary month, hosting both National Poetry Month and the Script Frenzy writing challenge.  Today, we’ll discuss National Poetry Month.

National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996.  According to the FAQ page on the AAP’s NPM site, the mission of National Poetry Month is to make poetry – and those who write it – more visible.

The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern. We hope to increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated.

There are many ways to celebrate National Poetry Month, and the AAP has even started you off with a small list of possibilities.  Here are a few suggestions from Glass Tower Press.

  • Read your favorite book of poetry.  If you don’t have a favorite, try something new.  I would suggest my own favorite book of poetry, Dread by Ai.
  • If you are financially able, donate a book of poetry to your local library or school system.  Library systems face cuts all the time, especially in this economy, so the donation of a single tome means another book to fill your favorite library’s shelves.
  • Learn more about your local literary community.  Most regions have literary communities, though they could be difficult to find.  Toledo has the Northwest Ohio Writers Forum, PRIZM, the regional branch of Romance Writers of America, and much more.
  • Attend a literary event – regardless of whether or not it’s related to National Poetry Month.  Many organizations host literary events, including universities and libraries, so check your local paper or library events page to find out what’s going on in April for you to attend.
  • Support your literary community: attend events, readings, or signings hosted by local groups.  You don’t even have to spend any money: many literary groups hold free public events.  Of course, any financial support is appreciated, so if possible, try to purchase a book or make a small donation.  Even a tiny bit helps!

No matter what way you celebrate National Poetry Month, don’t keep it to yourself!  Bring a friend with you to an event, pass along your book to a family member, or read a poem out loud to your kids.  Poetry is made to be shared, and National Poetry Month is the perfect time to share it.

– Feliza Casano is the editor in chief of Glass Tower Press.

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