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Is there ever poetry news! April is National Poetry Month and there’s a ton going on! Be sure to attend these events:

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April is National Poetry month! Join the UW Common Book and celebrate imagination, voice, and writing.

To finish off this year of poetry for the UW Common Book, you are invited to participate in a host of events that may just inspire you to write a little verse.

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Engage in the Book

Learn more about the poets in You Are Never Where You Are and get involved in the project!

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Explore Poetry

Discover venues for experiencing poetry live as well as online poetry resources.

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Since 2006, the University of Washington has chosen a Common Book for the incoming freshman class. This year represents two major firsts: it's the first time the Common Book focuses on the genre of poetry--and it's the first time the selection committee has assembled an original anthology.

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“People like poetry like people like music: nobody doesn’t. If some think they don’t, they just haven’t listened to the right thing.”

—Richard Kenney,
UW professor and poet

UW Common


Through  poetry, we hope to provide a platform for individual voices, inspire imagination and highlight the power of the written and spoken word.

Creativity. It’s the Washington Way.

2010-11 Common Book is a
UW original

Celebrate National Poetry Month with the UW Common Book