30 Poets in 30 Days


Welcome to Larksong's celebration of National Poetry Month - 30 Poets in 30 Days!  This annual event brings together poets from all over the country with poets local to Nebraska. This year we asked Larksong members first to fill half the reading slots, and the other half we filled during a visit to the Associated Writing Program's Conference and Book Fair in Seattle. Most of those were new acquaintances and this event was their introduction to Larksong. The mix of new and familiar allowed us to reach in this one program one of the primary objectives of all the programs we offer: to bring new voices to Nebraska audiences and help send Nebraska voices out into the world. Nebraska has a rich and active literary life and this 30 Poets program is designed to celebrate it.

We recorded 30 poets for this event - 31 actually, there's a bonus double reading on April 6! We reached them via Zoom, visited them in their homes, found them at work, at the airport, and at the Associated Writing Program Conference in Seattle. The poems range from heartbreaking to laugh-out-loud funny, and like such emotions in life they are all mixed up in this list, so you never know what you'll find when you click on a link and start watching. Be ready for anything!

The link to each daily reading will become "live" at 3 am CST on the date they're listed. To watch, click on the 30 Poets 30 Day thumbnail image. The video will play in your browser. Once live the link will stay live so you can watch as many times as you like. You can also find them on YouTube on Larksong's channel under 30 Poets in 30 Days. There's even a playlist! 

A big thank you to all the poets involved!




April 28 - Charlene Pierce

Friday, April 28, 2023
April 28 - Charlene Pierce

Charlene Pierce describes herself as a poet and author in love with the transformative power of words. She’s right, words can change the world, especially when backed up by action, and her life is a great example of that. Charlene saw a need in Nebraska for more organizations dedicated to the literary arts, talked to other writers about that need, and from those conversations Nebraska Poetry Society was born. She has transformed the literary landscape in Nebraska, helping to educate and uplift all writers. She doesn’t just love the transformative power of words, she lives it.

Charlene Pierce is the President and founder of the Nebraska Poetry Society, a non-profit organization that makes poetry accessible to all. It is an essential mission to her as one with a disability who grew up in poverty. Her poetry has appeared in Page and Spine, BlazeVOX, Literary Yard, and the Nebraska anthologies How it Looks from Here, Voices of the Plains, and Misbehaving Nebraskans. She wrote and published The Poet’s Journal: A Beginner’s Workbook for Writing Poetry. By day, she is a freelance writer appearing on websites and blogs across the country and a contributor to Women’s Edition Magazine.



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