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 with a San Antonio calendar of events 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.
Now, as we face unprecedented circumstances, National Poetry Month has taken on new meaning and importance. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all 2020 events will take place online. More than ever, it is a time to come together (via internet) and celebrate the great literary talent found in San Antonio, and to appreciate poetry as an art form. Take part in these virtual events and keep the effort to connect the poets and the public going.
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