National Poetry Month San Antonio (NPMSA)


Here’s a Few Ways You Can Celebrate the Art of Poetry in San Antonio:

  • Attend a National Poetry Month event. Click here for the events calendar. 
  • Check out a book of poetry from your local library. 
  • Get inspired by San Antonio’s Public Art and write a poem about your favorite. 
  • Take a walk and write a poem outside. 
  • Start your virtual classes or meetings by reading a poem. 
  • Share your favorite poem on social media. Make sure to use #NPMSA2021 in your posts.

Poetry Books

This book list highlights local writers and their published works in 2020 and 2021.To have your poetry book listed in future National Poetry Month calendars, contact Jim La Villa-Havelin at

Poetry Book or Chapbook
Sheila Black / All the Sleep in the World / Alabrava Press
James R. Dennis / Listening Devices / Stephen F. Austin Press 
C. L. “Rooster” Martinez / A Saint for Lost Things / Alabrava Press
Laurie Ann Guerrero / I Have Eaten the Rattlesnake; New and Selected Poems / TCU Press
Naomi Shihab Nye / Everything Comes Next: Collected and New Poems / Greenwillow
Naomi Shihab Nye / Cast Away: Poems of Our Time / Greenwillow
d. ellis phelps / What She Holds / Moon Shadow Sanctuary Press
Barbara Ras / The Blues of Heaven / Pitt Poetry Series / University of Pittsburgh Press
Andrea “Vocab”Sanderson / She Lives in Music / FlowerSong Press
Sarah Joy Thompson /  Driving into Black Mountains / FlowerSong Press
Laura Van Prooyen / Frances of the Wider Field / Lily Poetry Review Books
Mobi Warren / Thread and Nectar /  Finishing Line Press

Other Books by SA Writers
Marisol Cortez / Luz at Midnight / FlowerSong Press / Novel
Steven G. Kellman / Rambling Prose: Essays /  Trinity University Press
Edited by Kathy Sosa, Ellen Riojas Clark, and Jennifer Speed / Revolutionary Women of Texas and Mexico /
Trinity University Press
Regina Moya and Carmen Tafolla, Illustrated by Regina Moya / The Last Butterfly /
Juventud Press - FlowerSong Press / Children’s
Sharon A. Navarro and Lilliana Patricia Saldana / Latinas and the Politics of Urban Spaces / Routledge 
Laura Van Prooyen and Gretchen Bernabei / Text Structures from Poetry Grades 4-12 / Corwin / Textbook


Edited by Marisol Cortez / Words for Birds 2020 / Poetics for Pandemics
A Gemini Ink’s Writers in Communities Program Partnership / Prayers to the Sky: Poetry from the residents of Cyndi Taylor Krier Juvenile Correctional Treatment Program  
Edited by Rodney Gomez, Edward Vidaurre & Celina Suarez / Still I Rise: The Rio Grande Valley Youth Anthology 2020 / FlowerSong Press
Edited by Katherine Hoerth / Odes and Elegies: Eco Poetry from the Texas Gulf Coast / Lamar University Literary Press 
Edited by Milton Jordan / No Season for Silence / Kallisto Gaia
Edited by Rooster Martinez & Chibbi Orduna / CONTRA: Texas Poets Speak Out / FlowerSong Press
Edited by d. ellis phelps / Purifying Wind / Moon Shadow Sanctuary Press 
Edited by Odilia Galvan Rodriguez / Dreaming: A Tribute to Selena Quintanilla-Perez / FlowerSong Press
Edited by Jeanie Sanders / 2021 TX Poetry Calendar / Kallisto Gaia
Edited by Sergio Troncoso / Nepantla Familias: An Anthology of Mexican American Literature on Families Between Worlds / Texas A&M University Press
Edited by Edward Vidaurre & Vincent Cooper / Good Cop, Bad Cop / FlowerSong Press


Small Presses & Other Publication Opportunities

Alabrava Press  
Alamo Bay  
Aztlan Libre
Boundless Anthology
Cypress Book Co.
Di-Verse-City (AIPF Collection)
FlowerSong (and Juventud Press)
Kallisto Gaia
Lamar University Literary Press 
La Voz de Esperanza
Mezcalita Press
Moon Shadow Sanctuary Press 
San Antonio Express-News / Houston Chronicle – Poetry Corner, weekly*
Trinity University Press
Voices de La Luna

From Sunday, March 28 – Sunday, May 16: The weekly Poetry Corner Column in the San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle will carry a poem from one of the New Books This Year.

Bookstores, San Antonio
Antiquarian Book Mart
Barnes & Noble
Cheever Books
Dead Tree Books
Half Price Books
Nine Lives Books
Nowhere Bookshop
The Twig Book Shop

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

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021