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Poetry in Motion – Times-Herald

Held in April since 1996, the American Poetry Academy established the National Poetry Month to highlight the important role poets have played in our culture over the centuries, and how they continue to thrive in a constantly changing world.

The events are about distributing materials and ideas to schools, encouraging the participation of people of all ages, and of course poetry readings.

Several local Poet Award winners — poets officially nominated by a government or other organization — will share their work as part of National Poetry Month this Saturday at the John F. Kennedy Library in Vallejo.

“Poetry has the power to break isolation, create compassion, and connect with each other. Empowering oneself to find one’s own poetic voice is liberating, ”said Mary Susan Gast, current Benicia Poet Award winner, who will read at the event.

Many of the programs organized during National Poetry Month are aimed at young people, and the ACA offers free lesson plans and tips for teachers to share with students.

“I believe that poetry is a useful tool for children to express their feelings, and I would encourage all children to explore their creativity,” said DL Lang, Vallejo Poet Award Emeritus.

Georgina Marie, an award-winning Lake County poet, echoed that sentiment.

“I started writing poetry when I was a teenager living with depression. I was introduced to Sylvia Plath and I learned that with my pain I could create art and have an outlet for what I could not speak out loud, ”said Mary.

In addition to K-12 schools, the ACA collaborates with libraries across the country to share National Poetry Month programs, highlighting the important role that public institutions play in the lives of citizens.

Retired staff of Jeff Kingman JFK Library, whose first book of poetry — Beyond That Hill I Gather — was published last year, helped organize this week’s celebration.

“As library staff, we were always looking for community involvement through our programming,” Kingman said. “Ever since I was immersed in the world of poetry, I’ve started putting on events.

“As a kid, libraries were a place of loneliness for me,” Kingman continued. “But as an adult working in the library, I learned about the interactive society and the benefits of a good public library. It’s an important element of the local culture. “

Lang said he would spend hours at his local library researching various topics for fun, agreeing that libraries remain an important resource for local residents.

“Libraries are a safe haven for ideas, free speech, and much-needed community space. They are very valuable to me, ”Lang said.

Sahs Gast: “I’m still amazed at all the resources and wisdom that libraries and librarians have to offer.”

Jeremy Snyder, Vallejo’s current award-winning poet, is scheduled to read along with other invited guests, and will be invited by the audience to participate in an open micro session at the end of the event.

“It is an honor to have the title of Poet Award winner,” said Mary. “If I think about my teenagers, I would never believe that I would have the ability to create a community and share my voice.”

  • If you go:
  • When: Saturday at 2 p.m.
  • Where: John F. Kennedy Library, 505 Santa Clara St., Vallejo.
  • Cost: Free.
  • For more information: solanolibrary.com.

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