April is National Poetry Month!!!

The 2013 National Poetry Month poster

 To celebrate, Matlock would like to honor two great living poets: The multi-talented Dr. Maya Angelou, on her 85th Birthday, and the US Poet Laureate (2012 – 2013), Natasha Tretheway.

Both poets’ use of the craft to share a world unfamiliar to some and close to the hearts of others is definitely worth exploring. Check out some of the great poetry written by these talented writers: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/maya-angelou /http://www.blueflowerarts.com/natasha-trethewey.

Also, the cultures of SLAM Poetry, Spoken Word and other performance poetry groups are becoming more and more prominent in minority communities.  The tradition of expressing one’s self through words, sounds, and movements has been embraced by many movements.  If you are interested in becoming active in the poetry community, check out the American Academy of Poetry or #NationalPoetryMonth…snap on!

And Happy Birthday Maya!!