Rejoice, poetry lovers, because April is here which means it's officially National Poetry Month, and entire 30 days dedicated to stunning stanzas, visceral verses, and prophetic poets. As part of your celebration this year, go beyond rereading your favorite collection or attending a poetry slam and learn how to host a fun poetry book club of your own. It's a unique and engaging way to make poetry a bigger part of your reading life, this month and beyond.
It's no secret I am a big fan of book clubs. As I write this, I am currently a member of five different groups, each one unique in its membership, reading list, and style. I love reading diverse books with Bustle's American Woman Book Club, diving into a new young adult read with my friends wine and cheese book club, and engaging in social conversations with my community members at the local library's identities book club. But it wasn't until this April's National Poetry Month that I realized I was missing something: poetry.
To fill this stanza-shaped hole I had in my heart and to honor April's celebration, I decided to rile up my favorite reader friends and start a poetry book club of my own. While I thought it would be just like a regular book club, the last two weeks have taught me that poetry book clubs are so much different — and can be so much more fun — than a regular book club.
Ready to recruit fellow readers and start a slam of your own? Then here are five tips on how to host a fun poetry book club for you and your friends. April may be considered the official time to celebrate poetry, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy it all year round.