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Inslee names April National Poetry Month in honor of Oso
Inslee names April National Poetry Month in honor of Oso

Governor Jay Inslee has declared April National Poetry Month in Washington and is hoping the state will use poetry as a way to send solace and well wishes to the communities affected by the mudslide in Oso.


Washington has been participating in National Poetry Month since 1996 as a way to bring poets and poetry to the public. But this year Inslee used the proclamation to “call upon poets, educators, librarians, public officials and all Washingtonians to observe National Poetry Month in a more meaningful, personal way by using poetry in activities, ceremonies and programs, as a means to offer comfort and solace to those who are suffering as a result of the Oso mudslide.”


The governor is hoping that state will observe National Poetry Month in a more meaningful and personal way. Poems can be submitted to the Tumblr forum, Art with a Heart--Response to Oso, which was created by the Washington State Arts Commission. Original works or any of your favorites can be submitted, just make sure you include the author, title and publisher and tag it #poemsforoso.


“At a time when so many of our neighbors are recovering from great loss, it seems appropriate that we use this poetry month observance as a way to send our collective support and thoughts to the grieving survivors and affected communities,” Inslee said.

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