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With readings, recordings, celebrations, giveaways and other projects designed to promote Poetry and Literacy, third annual observance of National Poetry Month begins today, at advent of April. As thousands of schools, libraries, bookstores and cultural institutions take part, Academy of American country's biggest poetry organization and coordinator of observance, says sales of poetry increased 30 percent in 1996 and another 25 percent last year; and teachers report increasing interest in poetry among children and adults. 'Poetry is part of our shared culture that holds us together one people, ' said Robert Pinsky, nation's poet Laureate. 'It is one of nation's greatest treasures. ' Mr. Pinsky, native of Long Branch, NJ, who teaches in graduate creative writing program at Boston University, will join forces today with Library of Congress and New England Foundation for Arts to begin his special undertaking, Favorite Poem Project. Starting with five-City tour today, he will assemble audio-video archive of 1 000 Americans of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life reading aloud their favorite poems. Bill Wadsworth, executive director of Academy of American Poets, based in New York City, said his organization plans to partnership with American Poetry and Literacy Project, based in Washington, to distribute 100 000 free books of poetry. This month, Andrew Carroll, executive director of American Poetry and Literacy Project, founded in 1993 with Nobel Laureate Joseph Brodsky, plans to drive across country, from New York to San Francisco. En route, he will distribute free copies of '101 Great American Poems, ' African-American Poetry' and other books in supermarkets, hotels, jury waiting rooms, schools, libraries and Literacy centers, at rest stops, on Amtrak trains and in other public places. Poetry, Mr. Brodsky said in 1993 speech at Library of Congress,'shoul be as ubiquitous as nature that surrounds us, and from which poetry derives its similes; or as ubiquitous as gas stations, if not as cars themselves. ' Start Of National Poetry Month In New York City Will Include Two Events With Academy Of American Poets As Sponsor. Today at 1 PM, Academy will join with other organizations in 'A of Poetry, ' reading by poets and schoolchildren from 'World Poetry: Anthology' at United Nations. At 8 PM, Mr. Pinsky, will join Laurie Anderson, Ed Bradley, Geraldine Ferraro, Bill T. Jones, Garrison Keillor and others reading of Favorite Poems at Town Hall.

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Awards and honors

First Award in 2016, Arnold Adoff Poetry Awards seek to recognize excellence in multicultural Poetry for youth, for readers at primary middle level, and teens. Awards also hope to inspire poet early in his or her career with New Voices Award. Purpose Of Awards Is To Highlight Power Of Poetry, Encourage Publishers To Publish Works Of Poetry From Variety Of Perspectives, Commend Poets For Various Student Populations, And Encourage Reading Of Poetry. Four Awards are announced yearly at Virginia Hamilton Conference. Award winners each receive check for 500, certificate, and award, affectionately named Rudini to honor Rudine Sims Bishop, professor emerita from Ohio State University. Author, historian, and foremost expert on African American youth literature, she has been tireless activist for more than 50 years in struggles for diversity and excellence. Honor Award recipients receive certificate. For 2021 Arnold Adoff Poetry Awards, books published in 2020 and 2021 will be eligible. To be considered for 2021 Awards, books must be received by January 15 2021. 2021 Awards will be announced at conference on Thursday, April 29 2021. Arnold Adoff Poetry Awards submission from Arnold Adoff Poetry Award winners

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Deaths

Hughes was married to American poet Sylvia Plath, from 1956 until her death, by suicide in 1963 at age of 30. His part in relationship became controversial to some feminists and American admirers of Plath. His last poetic work, Birthday Letters, explores complex relationship. These poems make reference to Plath's but none of them address directly circumstances of her death. Poem Discovered In October 2010, Last Letter, Describes What Happened During 3 Days Leading Up To Plath's Suicide. Hughes was born on 17 August 1930 at 1 Aspinal Street, in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, to William Henry and Edith Hughes and raised among farms of Calder valley and on Pennine moorland. Hughes' sister Olwyn was 2 years his and his brother Gerald was older than him by 10 years. Their father, William Hughes, was carpenter, one of just 17 men of regiment to return from Dardanelles Campaign. Stories of fields fill Hughes' childhood imagination. Hughes note, my six years shaped everything. When Hughes was seven, his family to Mexborough, South Yorkshire, where they ran newsagent's and tobacconist's shop. In Poetry in Making he recalled that he was fascinated by animals, collecting and toy lead creatures. He acted as retriever when his elder brother, gamekeeper shoots magpies, owls, rats and curlews, growing up surrounded by harsh realities of working farms in valleys and on moors. Hughes attends Mexborough Grammar School, where succession of teachers encouraged him to write, developing his interest in Poetry, Last Being John Fisher. Poet Harold Massingham Also Attended This School And Was Also Mentor By Fisher. In 1946, early Hughes poem, Wild West, and short story were published in Grammar School Magazine Don and Dearne, followed by further poems in 1948. During same year, Hughes won open exhibition in English at Pembroke College, Cambridge, but chose to do his National Service beforehand. His 2 years National Service pass comparatively easily. Hughes was station As ground wireless mechanic in on isolated 3-Man station in east Yorkshire, time during which he had nothing to do but read and reread Shakespeare and watch grass grow. In 1951, Hughes initially studied English at Pembroke under MJC Hodhart, authority on balladic forms. Hughes felt encouraged and supported by Hodhart's supervision but attended few lectures and wrote No more Poetry At time, feeling stifled by Literary academia. In his third year, he transferred anthropology and archaeology. He does not excel as scholar. His earliest published appears in Chequer. Poem Little Boys And Seasons, Written During This Time, Was Published In Granta, Under Pseudonym Daniel Hearing. After University, Hughes went on to have many various jobs, including working as gardener, night watchman and reader for British film company J. Arthur Rank.

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