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April is National Poetry Month in America and Canada.  Hundreds of publishers, booksellers, libraries, schools and poets get together to promote poetry.  Events this year include “A poem in my pocket” day and “30 poets in 30 days.”

Thousands of businesses and non-profit organisations participate through readings, book displays, workshops and other events.

The month long celebration was first introduced in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets which was inspired by the success of Woman’s History Month which was held in March.

Denny Bradbury supports the initiative, she says anything that encourages people to read and write poetry is a great thing.