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UMKC Libraries Book Displays

This guide acts as an accompaniment to our monthly book displays on various topics. It features books, ebooks, online resources, and links to related events.

"April 2024 National Poetry Month" w/ an image of a child doing a cannonball into a lake

In April, UMKC Libraries celebrate National Poetry Month with a book display. This display has books available to borrow, as well as an interactive poetry activity. Digital resources, such as eBooks, audio recordings, and local events, can be found on this accompanying online resource guide.

The 2024 National Poetry Month poster (shown in part in the banner above) features artwork by award-winning children’s author and illustrator Jack Wong, and lines from “blessing the boats” by beloved poet Lucille Clifton. Wong was selected by Scholastic—the global children’s publishing, education, and media company—to create the artwork for this year’s poster as part of a new National Poetry Month initiative between the publisher and the Academy of American Poets.



Poetry Readings & Songs

Local Events

Image of Taylor Byas and their book "I Done Clicked My Heels Three Times"I Done Clicked My Heels Three Times

April 11, 6-7 PM at the Kansas City Public Library

Discussion between poet Taylor Byas and Kansas City's poet laureate, Melissa Ferrer Civil.

Image of person performing at Kansas City Poetry SlamKansas City Poetry Slam

1st Wednesday of every other month, 7:30 PM at Blip Roasters

Competitive, elimination style poetry event

Sign up night of, 10 chosen via random draw

$5 entry fee

$50 cash prize

Image of audience at Poetic Underground KC ShowcasePoetic Underground KC Showcase

1st Wednesday of every other month at Blip Roasters

Curated showcase of KC performers

6 performers, 15 minutes each

Application opens 1 month before via Instagram

$5 entry fee

Image of person performing at Poetic Underground Open MicPoetic Underground Open Mic

Every Wednesday, 8-10 PM at Blip Roasters

Open mic


Image of Writing WorkshopWriting Workshops

2nd and 4th Wednesday each month, 6 PM at Blip Roasters

2nd Wednesday: Generative workshops focused on writing new material

4th Wednesdays: Revision workshops focused on editing material