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Writing Center Celebrates Women’s History Month and National Poetry Month

Stefanie Wielkopolan Mar 22, 2022

As spring begins to gently, but assertively, escort winter out the door, we arrive at the months of March and April. The days are longer, and the sun shines a little brighter. Flowers begin to emerge, and the buzz of creativity is awakened in many.

March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate and highlight women from around the world who have made immeasurable contributions to the fields of science, math, civil rights, art, literature, and more. Who is your favorite female history maker? Shirley Chisholm, the first woman to run for President of the United States? What about Amanda Blackhorse, the contemporary social worker and activist? Maybe Mae Jemison, the first black woman to travel to space? Kamala Harris, Alice Wong, Harriet Tubman, Virginia Woolf, Dolores Huerta, and Phyllis Wheatley are just a few of the inspiring women we honor this month. Who are you celebrating this March?

As the month of March comes to a close, we look to April. April is National Poetry Month and is a time to look at the poems and poets who amplify ordinary moments and turn them into art. Do you have a favorite poet or poem? From formal poets to contemporary poets who like to push the boundaries of language, there is a poet for all of us! In fact, did you know that April 29 is Poem in Your Pocket Day?

Spring is a time to soak up the outdoors. Spring is also a time to celebrate making it through another winter. Women’s History Month invites us to see a more complete version of our nation’s history. National Poetry Month remind us to look deeper, to dig, and to uncover the ordinary moments that hold beauty in them.

Throughout this month and next, please stop by the Writing Center to chat with a fellow tutor about writing and to pick up a poem for Poem in Your Pocket Day. Then, join the fun and pass your poem on to a stranger, friend, or classmate! We hope to see you soon.

National Women’s History Museum

Poem in Your Pocket Day

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