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April is Poetry Month

Writer/Poet Mary Langer Thompson

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Mary Langer Thompson, Poet/Writer

I love April, not only because of springtime, Easter, and Passover, but because it’s National Poetry Month, founded in 1996, to show poetry’s importance to our culture and lives.

Here are a couple ways you can celebrate:

  1. Read a poem every day.
  2. Order a free poster from the American Academy of Poets (
  3. Participate in Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 30, 2015.

But the best way you can celebrate is to enter our poetry contest. Because it’s spring and you can go to a new or favorite area, the theme is “Place.” It can be a tourist spot, a sacred spot, or even home. Tell us what it means to you in a poem not exceeding one page (saved in a Word document).

There is no entry fee. Please email your submission  by April 20, 2015, 11:59 p.m. to with “Poetry Contest” in the Subject and include your name and email with your poem.


1. $15 Barnes & Noble gift certificate

2. $10 Starbucks

3. Poems in Water by Mary Langer Thompson

Here’s my most recently published poem from The San Gabriel Valley Quarterly:

Viva Venice, Las Vegas

We’re staying closer to home
these days
and it’s okay
because it’s just like being there,
except better,
and quieter,
except in the casino.
There are no annoying pigeons,
no rats about to bob their heads
next to our gondola.
So what if the jester dolls
are made in China and there’s no
St. Mark in the Square?
I stand on the simulated Bridge of Sighs,
look through the clear, shallow water.


Mary Langer Thompson

Poems in Water by
Mary Langer Thompson

Click below to order Poems in Water:

Mary Langer Thompson’s poetry appears in various journals, anthologies, and writing textbooks. Her first collection of poetry, Poems in Water, is available on

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    April 6, 2015    

    First place prize should be Mary’s book!

  2. April 19, 2015    

    I love it. What a great way to celebrate National Poetry Month. I’ve entered my poem, and had a wonderful time writing it.
    Mary, you’re a wonderfully gifted poet and writer, and I’m blessed to know you!

  3. Mary Langer Thompson's Gravatar Mary Langer Thompson
    April 20, 2015    

    Molly, what a wonderful compliment coming from you, a terrific writer yourself. Good luck in the contest!

  4. Bonnie Judd's Gravatar Bonnie Judd
    May 2, 2015    

    May is here and a lovely month for writing about the flowers and spaces around us. I entered the Poetry Contest and really don’t know where to find info about it. It was a fluke that I saw it and send in my entry. Please let me know where to read about the event.

  5. May 3, 2015    

    Bonnie, thank you for entering the contest! The winners will be announced soon on and will also be contacted individually.

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