For almost two decades, The Academy of American Poets has celebrated April as National Poetry Month (NPM) in order to increase public awareness about the importance of poetry and its essential place in American culture.
As a part of this initiative, in 2009 the City of San Antonio published its own local NPM calendar which provided the public with information about poetry readings, workshops, spoken word and slam competitions, panel discussions, and many more activities. A commitment to support the literary arts and a validation of San Antonio’s rich literary culture, this year’s calendar highlights over 90 events that take place across the city and in surrounding area. join the effort to connect the poets and the public.
San Antonio’s poet laureate, Laurie Ann Guerrero, and the City’s Department for Culture and Creative Development is partnering with the Palo Alto College to create a unique literary resource that documents San Antonio’s diverse literary voice with the papers and publications of local poets.
An archive traditionally documents a literary figure’s personal and professional history by gathering and organizing their personal papers, correspondence, event programs, books, drafts of works, ephemera, and other materials. Of particular interest are broadsides, chapbooks, and personal journals.
Success of the San Antonio Poetry Archive depends on the generosity of local poets to donate their personal papers. If you are a local poet, please consider donating your papers to the new San Antonio Poetry Archive and help us document San Antonio’s distinctive literary character for posterity.
For more information, please contact Sara Schmidt, Archivist at Palo Alto College’s Ozuna Library, 210-486-3575 or firstname.lastname@example.org.