Inspired by the nationwide observances of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), the Academy of American Poets
claimed April as National Poetry Month
back in 1996. Now billed as “the largest literary celebration in the world,” the initiative posts thousands of homegrown events on its online calendar and also champions the art of poetry in the information age via signature programs such as Poem in Your Pocket Day (which encourages participants to choose a poem, carry it with them and share it with others on April 27), Dear Poet (a multimedia education project that tasks students with writing responses to contemporary poems) and Poem-a-Day (a free, digital subscription service available via poets.org). Initiated in 2009, the City of San Antonio’s National Poetry Month calendar (online at getcreativesanantonio.com
) comprises workshops, readings, open mics and recurring events like “Voices and Vibes.” Presented by the interfaith organization Celebration Circle, the monthlong series brings together award-winning poets for readings “interwoven with lively music.” Hosted by SAY Sí, “Voices and Vibes” kicks off Sunday with a spotlight on Lahab Assef Al-Jundi — a San Antonio-based Arab-American poet whose work has been described as “both political and personal” — and continues weekly with readings from Naomi Shihab Nye (April 9), Lesléa Newman (April 23) and Amanda Flores (April 30). Free, 11am Sun, Apr. 2, SAY Sí, 1518 S. Alamo St., (210) 212-8666, getcreativesanantonio.com.