With yesterday’s excellent interview of Colleen Anderson, president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (I feel very fancy saying that, btw) consider National Poetry Month 2023 officially kicked off as far as I’m concerned. I warned Colleen that somehow we would wind up with an impromptu poetry assignment during the show, and we did. Slug sonnets are now on the menu. If you missed it, catch up on yesterday’s show here.

Celebrating with me was my poetry show co-hostess Amy Zoellers. You may remember that we usually do some kind of daily challenge every year for April. This year is no different. Amy is doing her challenge with block print poetry hats. Every day she pulls a random verse out of a can and prints it on a linocut print she has prepared. Check this out on her Instagram here.

Stephanie Ellis is doing a challenge on Instagram too. She is doing beautiful visual poetry, beginning with a found poem created from the HWA Poetry Showcase IX. The images are haunting, the poetry is dark and delicious. Indulge yourself with her Instagram here.

I am doing 30 Poets in 30 Days over on YouTube. I’m processing poetry videos as they came in as a swarm. I’ll go on record as saying I never mind a poetry swarm. As I process and prepare to post these, you will find them updated here. I am also doing something on Instagram. I am writing a poem with MidJourney. Every day I give it a line of a poem I write, and I let MidJourney AI decide what that line looks like. I’m posting one a day and then linking the images and poems together in one video each week. You can find that on my Instagram here. I’m also setting up the HWA Poetry Showcase submissions and posting an interview with a horror poet every day of this month on the HWA Poetry Blog. You can read all the poetry interviews here.

If you are doing anything to celebrate Poetry Month, let me know and I’ll add it to my weekly calendar mail out!

Angela Yuriko Smith

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Shimanchu-American and award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years of experience as a professional writer in nonfiction. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), producer of the Exercise Your Writes YouTube podcast, two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020. She shares a weekly calendar of author opportunities at authortunities.substack.com.

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