Nat’l Poetry Month begins…

cropped-National-Poetry-Month-B.jpgTo celebrate National Poetry Month, I joined the April Writes Challenge and I’ve promised to write a poem a day. Tonight it’s late and I’ve been having an intense phone conversation about life and the universe so I stuck with a lackluster haiku. The theme was autism. Here’s my tired and hurried poetical offering to begin the month…

I once knew a child
who saw life differently –
I saw joy through him.

There are a bunch of other things to do in the area to celebrate. Here’s a few:

April 1 was Say the Word! at French Quarter Bar and Grill in Niceville starting at 7:00 PM. It was fun. I thought I might recite a poem from memory but instead I chickened out and read from End of Mae.

April 14 ( Tuesday) : 3rd Annual Poetry Slam at Warriors Hall in Crestview ( in the Police Dept. building) 6PM until 8 PM.

April 16 (Thursday): Open Mic Poetry Reading hosted by Professor Amy Riddell’s Poetry Class. 12:30-2:00 PM Niceville Campus Building S, Room 303 Come ready to listen or to read your own poems (limit two poems per person). For more information, please contact Ms. Riddell at

April 20 (Monday) : Student Writer’s Workshop with Richard Blanco
11:00 AM-12:00 PM Niceville Campus SSC Building Room 133
Students will have the rare opportunity for an informal gathering to discuss topics about writing, about becoming a writer, and about being a writer with Richard Blanco. (Restricted to NWFSC students only.)
For questions, please contact Dr. Holmes at

Blackwater Review Reception
5:45 – 6:45 PM Niceville Campus McIlroy Gallery, Mattie Kelly Arts Center
Join us for the official unveiling and selected student readings of the 2015 issue of the Blackwater Review. The award-winning literary and fine arts journal highlights the creative talent of students at the college. Refreshments will be served.

Following the reception, Richard Blanco will read in the Sprint Theater at 7:00 PM

April 21 ( Tuesday): Poetry in the Park at Turkey Creek from 9:30 till?

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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