National Poetry Month: Getting Started

Helpful Library Links

My Library Account

Contact a Librarian

Email Us

Call Us
614-287-2460   Columbus
740-203-8183   Delaware

Book a Librarian

 Library Help

Virtual Library Hours

Virtual Services
Monday - Thursday:  7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday:  7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday:  9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

What's in This Guide


This guide includes information about National Poetry Month, an annual celebration in April, poetry at the Library, the local poetry scene in Columbus, poetry on the web, and Joy Harjo, the current U.S. Poet Laureate.

Poet Visits

Every year, the Columbus State Library hosts a visiting poet to help us celebrate National Poetry Month.  Click on the links below to learn more about the invited poets:  


April 23, 2020         Barbara Fant*  

April 11, 2019         Sara Abou Rashed

April 26, 2018         Vernell Bristow

April 19, 2017         Maggie Smith 

May 3, 2016            Amit Majmudar 


*Event cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.


Reference Librarian

Nicole Rencher's picture
Nicole Rencher
Columbus State Library
(614) 287-2460


The Ohio Poetry Association hosts the blog Poetry Matters: Poetry Book Reviews and Interviews at

Loading ...

Poetry Apps



HaikuJAM is a new free app that lets you create poetry with strangers.

Privacy & Confidentiality StatementLibrary Code of Conduct