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Students to Celebrate National Poetry Month with Daily Readings

Beginning April 1 and through April 30, new filmed readings will be available online daily.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-25-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of English is celebrating National Poetry Month in April through pre-recorded filmed poetry readings by students that will be posted on the English department’s website daily from April 1-30.

Minnesota State Mankato’s “National Poetry Month Video Project” will open Tuesday, April 1 with senior Megan Gilmore, a theatre generalist from Tracy, Minn., reading the poem “String Theory” by Jenny Yang Cropp, a graduate of Minnesota State Mankato’s master of fine arts in creative writing program. Gilmore’s reading lasts just under two minutes.

Then each day in April, new video of poetry readings by Minnesota State Mankato students will be posted online here. The filmed readings range in length from 1 minute, 12 seconds for the shortest reading to 3 minutes, 5 seconds for the longest. The previous days’ videos will be available on MavTube here.

A complete list of the students, poets and poems to be read is available in a downloadable poster available here. To generate social media discussion about the poetry readings, a Facebook group called “Minnesota State University, Mankato’s National Poetry Month Project” was created.

The poets featured in the readings are established poets from various eras. Among the 30 poems to be read, 10 are from writers such as William Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson.

The remaining 20 poems to be read were written by contemporary poets, many of whom have national reputations. The featured poets include the poet laureate for the State of Minnesota, a National Book Award finalist, a Minnesota Book Award winner, a New York Times best-selling author and two Guggenheim fellows. Five of the poets are Minnesota State Mankato alumni, and most teach at colleges and universities around the country.

National Poetry Month was started by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 as a way to promote and celebrate poetry. More information is available here.

For more information on Minnesota State Mankato’s National Poetry Month Video Project, please contact Diana Joseph, an associate professor in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of English, by phone at 507-389-5144 or by email at

The videos of the poetry readings were filmed and produced by Minnesota State Mankato’s Maverick Video Productions.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of English is part of the university’s College of Arts and Humanities.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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