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Celebrate Poetry Month with We Are All Poets

Update!: The We Are All Poets 2015 Grand Finale has been postponed due to plumbing issues at the Koret Auditorium in the SF Public Main Library. The even will be rescheduled in May. Check back here for updates when they are available.

Did you know April is Poetry Month? Celebrate your love of poetry with the kids in your life!

Poetry is a great way to foster a love of language and encourage “playing with words.” Ever wonder why all those kids songs focus on silly rhymes? Because rhyming is an important early reading skill. When kids get older, poetry is a great way to teach figurative language and the critical thinking skill of inference. Even more important, poetry is just plain AMAZING!

We Are All Poets 2015 Grand Finale

Come out and honor some great youth poets with We Are All Poets this Saturday at the SF Public Library

I just learned about this amazing event because the 4th grade teachers at my daughters’ school participated in a We Are All Poets poetry workshop held at the local Chinatown Library (Ms. Mackey and Mr Owyang – You guys seriously ROCK!)

As a result of this workshop several students from our school received awards, and my daughter was recognized (how cool is that?) Selected youth poets from all over San Francisco (with 3 separate categories: 4th-5th, 6th-8th, and 9th-12th) are being invited to read on stage with public officials at this Saturday’s finale event, along with selected students from the entire San Francisco Bay area. In addition, all youth who submitted poems are receiving a “Youth Poet Laureate” certificate.

My daughter’s winning poem.


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We Are All Poets 2015 Grand Finale!

Please join selected youth poets and their families for an uplifting afternoon of poetry on the theme “The Power of Peace.”

Hear guest poets devorah major (San Francisco Poet Laureate emeritus) and Adrian Arias (Peruvian-American artist and poet) along with civic leaders in solidarity with our youth.

Where: Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Public Library 100 Larkin St
When: Saturday, April 18th 2-4pm

Hope to see you there . . . the event is FREE and open to the public. The poems of our selected youth poets will truly inspire.

Keep the “poetry love” flowing!

This event is ending for this year, but to keep the poetry love flowing…

Follow Alison Collins’s board Poetry Love on Pinterest.

Do you know of any great poetry resources? Please share them in the comments below!

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