Random Goodness

April is National Poetry Month, and poets celebrate in a variety of ways. Many write a poem a day with writing groups or in online workshops. Some devote themselves to reading poetry books in April, and many attend or give poetry readings in libraries, bookstores, universities or other cultural and educational institutions. At Escape Into Life, we are happy to celebrate with some random good news about a few of our poets, and we’d love to hear about your good news and how you are celebrating, too. To start us off: 

Donna Vorreyer has a new book out, The Girl, from Porkbelly Press. The fabulous cover art is by Alexandra Eldridge, who is also a featured artist at Escape Into Life, so we are doubly delighted.

Kristin LaTour engages in an annual poem-a-thon to help erase hate in our world. This year she is writing poems to benefit the Matthew Shepard Foundation, and it’s not too late to join her in raising funds and receiving a poem a day by email.


Justin Hamm, whose newest book, American Ephemeral, is just out from Aldrich Press, via Kelsay Books, started us off  in our National Poetry Month celebration as guest blogger here at EIL. Hamm is the editor of the online magazine, the museum of americana. He will read from his new book at the McLean County Museum of History on April 8, 2017, in Bloomington, Illinois, with fellow poets and museum of americana contributors Tim Hunt and Kathleen Kirk (EIL’s poetry editor.)

And this Friday at noon, Kathleen Rooney will write you a poem as you wait at the Art Institute of Chicago! She and Eric Plattner will be responding to art in the current Go show about speed and modernity.

What’s your good news? And how are you celebrating April, National Poetry Month? Let us know here in the comments, or at the EIL page at Facebook!

Donna Vorryer at EIL 

Alexandra Eldridge at EIL 

Justin Hamm at EIL: Poetry & Photography 

Justin Hamm at the EIL Blog 

Kristin LaTour at EIL 

Kristin LaTour’s Poem-a-Thon

Kathleen Rooney at the Art Institute of Chicago

Kathleen Rooney at EIL

EIL at Facebook





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