April marks National Poetry Month, and 2021 is the 25th annual celebration of poets and poetry. The Academy of American Poets began the yearly event in 1996. Over the years, National Poetry Month has become a major literary celebration recognized by libraries, schools, and bookstores worldwide.  

This year, Milner Library is hosting an event to showcase Naudia Williams’ poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month. Naudia is a current Illinois State University education major and reigning winner of America’s Best College Poet competition. Last fall, Williams competed against students from across the country to claim the title of Best College Poet. Her slam poetry is influenced by hip hop and focuses on her life experiences.  

Join us on Thursday, April 22, from 4 to 5 p.m. via Zoom for a reading from Naudia Williams and some time for questions and answers about her poetry.  

Event Details

National Poetry Month Reading with Naudia Williams
Thursday, April 22, 2021
4–5 p.m. via Zoom: https://illinoisstate.zoom.us/j/96006545985 

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Milner Library by joining us for a reading from Naudia Williams. Williams is an education major who recently won America’s Best College Poet competition. The event will feature Naudia’s poetry and leave time for questions and answers with the audience about her work. This event will be recorded. If you would like access to the event recording, please email Milner Library Director of Communications and Outreach Erin Link at ellink@ilstu.edu.

This is a free event open to ISU students, faculty, staff, retirees, alumni, and friends. If you need accommodation to participate in the event fully, please contact Erin Link by email at ellink@ilstu.edu or by phone at (309) 438-3897.