For the last three years, Luci Tapahonso, a creative writing professor and the first Navajo Nation poet laureate, has organized UNM’s reading in honor of the project. She said she has made it a tradition at every school she’s taught at to host a Favorite Poem Project reading during National Poetry Month.
“I celebrate poetry all the time, but it’s nice to have one month designated to it and to be able to go to organized events that celebrate poetry,” she said. “It’s something that I love, and luckily almost everyone I’ve asked has responded.”
Tapahonso said she puts on these readings by simply reaching out to a diverse group of poetry lovers and asking them to come read their favorite poems to an audience.
“I want to show that everybody likes poetry. It’s not just poets that are reading poems to each other,” she said. “I hope it makes [listeners] reflect on the poems they like as well as poems they haven’t already heard before.”
Luci Tapanahonso was the Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place in 1995.
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