The Academy of American Poets inaugurated National Poetry Month in 1996, which is celebrated every April in the United States. Schools, libraries, publishers, booksellers and poets throughout the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Individuals and organizations participate through readings, book displays, festivals, workshops and other poetry-related events to commemorate a genre that is reviving itself as a viable contributor to the development of creativity, awareness and education around the nation.
Poetry is a movement and Charlotte is considered a hotbed of spoken word art and poetry. A plethora of poetry readings and related events takes place every week throughout the city in venues like the NoDa District, various cultural art centers, coffee shops, tea houses and local theater houses. Twice in previous years, the city hosted the National Poetry Slam event. Touch One Productions works together in Charlotte and nationwide to bring the ultimate poetry experience to their audience. Their mission is to have people feel the poetry, not just listen to it. Moving Poets is an international community of artists and creative professionals of different disciplines, cultures and age groups based in Charlotte and Berlin, Germany. They deliver a consistent poetry scene to Charlotte. Also making its home in the uptown area are The Wall Poems of Charlotte. Here visitors will see murals that bring poetry to life on the side of city buildings. Mayor Clodfelter understands how poetry enhances and enriches the lives of Charlotteans. As he proclaims April as National Poetry Month, it is quite evident that schools, writing clubs, publishing houses, art centers, book clubs and theaters showcase poetry as an essential part of the arts and humanities in the city and surrounding areas. Learn more about Charlotte and the culture it offers by visiting http://charmeck.org/
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