April 22, 2015

Behind The Mic: Diane Celebrates National Poetry Month At The White House

By Erica R. Hendry

Michelle Obama takes a selfie with young poets at a White House celebration.

Michelle Obama takes a selfie with young poets at a White House celebration.

You might know April for Earth Day and April Fool’s, but it’s also National Poetry Month — the largest literary celebration in the world.

Diane celebrated the art form last week at a reading and workshop at The White House with poet laureate Elizabeth Alexander, along with some of the country’s best young poets.

Photos: Courtesy of Diane Rehm.

We’ll celebrate poetry again in this month’s Readers’ Review: “Brown Girl Dreaming,” by Jacqueline Woodson. The book, which won the National Book Award for young adults, tells the story of the author’s childhood, exploring issues like race and identity.

Readers’ Review: “Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson – The Diane Rehm Show

For our April Readers’ Review, we celebrate National Poetry Month with a memoir written in verse.

What do you love about poetry? Share in the comments below, or join us on Facebook and Twitter with #DRReads.

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