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Poet Laureate Calls for Favorite Poems during National Poetry Month


April is National Poetry Month. Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Sally Ashton is asking the community to participate in a project to compile an online collection of well-loved poems. I invite Santa Clara County residents, non-writers and writers, to participate in the creation of a collection of poems that reflect and celebrate our personal experiences with poetry, said Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Sally Ashton. Whether it's a poem you first read in school or one you came across at a particular moment in your life, let's take note of how poetry has had an impact on our lives, large or small.

Participants should select one well-known published poem that has proven meaningful at some point in their lives, listing the exact title and author's name. Also include a brief (100 word maximum) written explanation of what the poem means to them. Participants should include their name, city and occupation.

Participants should send their Favorite Poem to the Poet Laureate by May 15, 2011, via email at, with a subject line, Favorite Poem-Your Name. After the submission period closes, the County's Poet Laureate will publish selected entries at the Poet Laureate blog throughout the year and hold several Read-ins of Favorite Poems throughout the county.

View samples and keep up with the Poet Laureate by subscribing to her blog posts at

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Laurel Anderson, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119
Posted: April 26, 2011