National Poetry Month San Antonio (NPMSA)



For almost two decades, the Academy of American Poets has celebrated April as National Poetry Month to increase public awareness about the importance of poetry and its essential place in American culture. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world. The City of San Antonio started celebrating National Poetry Month in 2009. In 2012, San Antonio was the first major city in Texas to appoint a Poet Laureate. San Antonio's fifth and current Poet Laureate is Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson

Here's a few ways you can celebrate in April: 

red dot  Attend a National Poetry Month San Antonio event. Click here for the events calendar.

greenCheck out a book of poetry from your area library.

yellowGet inspired by San Antonio’s Public Art and write a poem about your favorite. 

peachTake a walk and write a poem outside. 

red dot Start your virtual classes or meetings by reading a poem. 

greenShare your favorite poem on social media. Use #NPMSA on your posts. 

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Poetry Books

This book list highlights local writers and their published works in 2019 and 2020. To have your poetry book listed in future National Poetry Month calendars, contact Jim La Villa-Havelin at

- The Tiny Journalist - Naomi Shihab Nye (BOA Editions Ltd.)
- What Holds Her- D. Ellis Phelps (Main Street Rag)
- The Book of the Dead - Jeanie Sanders (Tip You Hat Press)
- Cast Away: Poems for Our Times - Naomi Shihab Nye (HarperCollins Publishers)
- Gloss - Wendy Barker (Saint Julian Press)
- Shimmer - Wendy Barker (Glass Lyre Press)
- Thread and Nectar - Mobi Warren (Finishing Line Press)
- Michael + Josephine: A Novel in Verse - Jo Reyes Boitel (FlowerSong Books)
- The Taco Magician - Diane Gonzales Bertrand (Arte Publico)
- Bluebonnet Sutra - Lawrence Musgrove (Lamar University Press)
- Poems of My Life - Laura Corso (Amazon)
- Warbles - Alex Salinas (Hekate Publishing)
- No Way to Die - Dario Beniquez (FlowerSongBooks)
- The Way of Reckoning - Joyce Collins (Truthteller Publishing)
- She Tastes Like Music and She Lives in Music - Vocab / Andrea Sanderson (Independent, SA)
- Driving into Black Mountains - Sarah Joy Thompson (FlowerSong Books)
- What Singing Completes Us - Sharon Ankrum (Finishing Line Press)
- The Cancion Cannibal Cabaret & Other Songs - Amalia Ortiz (Aztlan Libre Press)
- How I Remember It / A Collection of Fond Memories - Esther Cantu (DiggyPod)
- Awaken Memories - Ruth C. Friedberg (Word Design Press)
- Esther and the Genius - Mo Saidi (Word Design Press)
- Text Structures from Poetry - Laura Van Prooyen & Gretchen Bernabel(Corwin Literacty-Sage Publishing)
- Cabanuelas: A Novel - Norma Elia Cantu (University of New Mexico Press)


- A Fire to Light Our Tongues
- Through Layered Limestone: A Texas Hill Country Anthology of Place, Edited by D. Ellis Phelps (Friends of the Boerne Public Library)
- Prayers to the Sky – Poems from the Cyndi Taylor Krier Juvenile Correctional Treatment Center (Gemini Ink, Writers in Communities) 
- Selena Anthology (FlowerSong Books)
- Boundless Anthology (FlowerSong Books)


- Poetry Corner / San Antonio Express-News & Houston Chronicle
- Ocotillo Review – a publication by Kallisto Gaia Press
- Voices de la Luna, @VoicesDeLaLuna
- Borderlands, @BorderlandsTexasPoetryReview
- Blue Hole / The Enigmatist
- El Placazo
- La Voz de Esperanza
- Boundless Anthology – a publication by the Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival, @VIPFPoetryPachanga
- Word Design Press, @wdpress
- Aztlan Libre Press, @AztlanLPress
- FlowerSong Books, @flowersongbooks
- Mutabilis Press,
- Kallisto Gaia Press, @kallistogaiapress
- Trinity University Press, @trinityuniversitypress
- School by the River Press

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Sunday, March 7, 2021