Poetry Month Fayetteville 2014Fayetteville (Arkansas) Public Library has announced it is co-sponsoring an official municipal celebration of National Poetry Month, April.

It is scheduling more than 15 poetry-related activities such as performances, film screenings and writing workshops. The schedule and other details are at its page on the library website. There’s also a dedicated page on Facebook for up-to-the-minute news.

Notable are the “An Evening with Maya Angelou,” presented by the library April 11 and which is sold out, and on April 17 a performance by two-time World Poetry Slam Champion Buddy Wakefield. See the library web page for particulars.

The Ozark Poets & Writers Collective is participating. For its April 29 program at Nightbird Books on Dickson Street, the OPWC presents contributors to Connotations,” the annual literary journal of Fayetteville High School. The Collective has hosted FHS’s top poets every April for several years. The program begins at 7 that Tuesday evening.

The city program’s other coordinators are public radio station KUAF-FM and area spoken-word artist Houston Hughes. Another sponsor is Last Saturday, aka Fayetteville Word Wars.

National Poetry Month was proclaimed by then-President Bill Clinton in 1996. While the city has hosted poetry related events during April, the library says 2014 is the first time for a month-long coordinated plan.