National Poetry Month Events

Get Inspired! April is National Poetry Month

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Danell Jones, Anna Paige, & Ashley Warren are offering challenges and workshops to inspire your creativity.

Danell Jones invites you to take her POEM-A-DAY CHALLENGE ONLINE: write a draft of a poem or a fragment of poetry every day for the month of April. To spark your poetic fire, Danell will email you a writing prompt each day.

If you would like feedback on your poems, register for ANNA’S POETRY CRITIQUES—email her up to three poems per week and she will provide comments.

Ashley Warren will be leading a series of FOUR POETRY WORKSHOPS focusing on craft:
April 4 – Structure and Form
April 11 – Repetition and Rhythm
April 18 – Imagery
April 25  – Voice and Style
All workshops will meet Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 pm at This House of Books, 224 N. Broadway, Billings, MT 59101. Preregistration is required.

Poem-A-Day Challenge: $15 for month of writing prompts delivered daily through email
Anna’s Poetry Critique: $55 for feedback on up to 3 poems per week during the month of April
Ashley’s Craft workshops: $25 per workshop or $75 for all four

Register for the Poem-A-Day Challenge and Anna’s Poetry Critique at

Register for Ashley’s Craft Workshops at

Danell Jones’s poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous publications. She is the author of Desert Elegies and The Virginia Woolf Writers’ Workshop: Seven Lessons to Inspire Great Writing. Her new book,An African In Imperial London: The Indomitable Life A.B.C. Merriman-Labor is forthcoming in the UK in June and the US in September.

Anna Paige holds the 2013 Montana Slam Grand Champion title, as well as the haunting honor of being the 2011 Walking Dead Poet Slam champ. She has been honored for Best Spoken Word Artist in Billings by the Magic City Music Awards in 2012, 2014, and 2015. She’s performed in several collaborative pieces including a short act in Billings’ Fringe Festival fusing dance, slam poetry and street art. She cohosts “Resounds: Arts and Culture on the High Plains” with Corby  Skinner on Yellowstone Public Radio.

Ashley K. Warren is author of the poetry chapbook Today’s Body. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in The Examined Life, Easy Street, and in the anthology Poems Across the Big Sky II among other places. A graduate of the Stonecoast MFA program, she has taught writing at Montana State University Billings, in Billings public schools through the nonprofit organization Arts Without Boundaries, and to youth in the juvenile detention system through the nonprofit organization Free Verse.