Authors to Check out This National Poetry Month

Poetry is the perfect way to escape for a little bit, no matter what kind of lifestyle you lead. Whether you’re enjoying a relaxing day off and looking for an easy, lazy read or you’re running around, busy as ever and just want a quick piece of inspiration to enjoy on your lunch break, immerse yourself in a short poem! April is National Poetry Month, so we put together a list of our fave authors for you to start exploring some great poetry!

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Image Source: The Book Review

Rupi Kaur

If you’re just beginning your foray into the world of poetry, go pick up Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur ASAP. It’s already a modern-day classic and odds are, you’ve already seen some of her incredible work - it’s usually all over Instagram, complete with adorable illustrations for each poem. There’s a lot of debate over the quality of Kaur’s work in comparison to other poets since it’s simplistic and one of the easiest reads out there, but that’s the joy of it! It’s effortlessly relatable, uplifting, and heart-wrenching all in one. Since it’s so easy to break down, it makes for a really introspective experience that’ll get you thinking more about your own life and feelings. If you like Milk and Honey, check out her new collection of poems in The Sun and Her Flowers!

Image Source: Alicia Cook

Image Source: Alicia Cook

Alicia Cook

It’s easy to write off poetry as “boring Shakespeare,” but Alicia Cook absolutely proves that judgement wrong in her book Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately. She tackles her poetry collection in a unique way that has her readers even more actively involved in the stories she’s telling by framing her work as a mixtape with Side A and Side B. Side A is classic, straightforward verse full of beautiful imagery, but Side B is made up of blackout poetry that makes for a really intriguing read. Even better? She treats the collection as if it really is a mixtape, and adds a song at the end of each piece that adds an entirely new element to her poetry!

Image Souce: Denice Frohman

Image Souce: Denice Frohman

Denice Frohman

Kar’s work isn’t as hard-hitting and controversial as some of the other incredible poetry that’s out there, so if you’re looking for poetry that’s a little bit more charged, check out Denice Frohman. Although some of the topics she writes about can be heavy, she makes them a lot easier to digest and understand by filming spoken word videos of each of her poems. This one, titled #SheInspiresMe, was a stunning collab with Twitter, and we love how empowering it is!

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Image Source: RM Drake

R. M. Drake

R. M. Drake is the king of Instagram poetry, and chances are, you’ve seen his work all over the Kardashian’s pages. His writing style is similar to Kaur’s, but it gets a little bit more in-depth and almost conversational at times. He covers first love, lost love, and everything in between, so if you’re currently post-breakup, ditch the ice cream and pick up one of his books instead! Get familiar with his work and his style by checking out his Instagram

Self-Care: Apps and Books for Your Mental Health

Now that we’re full swing into 2018, it’s time to check in with ourselves and make sure that we’re doing our best to really take care of ourselves! Life gets hectic and the first thing to go onto the back burner is your own self-care. This year, our goal is to stop this bad habit and make our well-being a top priority! We aren’t saying to go out and spend money on weekly massages or even that you need to take a ton of time each day to dedicate to yourself, that’s not necessarily realistic for everyone. However, there are some really easy ways to take a few minutes out of your day to slow down and check in with yourself. Today, we’re sharing our top tools that help us focus back in on our well-being.

1. The Calm App

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Image Source: Calm

We love the calm app! This meditation app offers a huge variety of guided meditation options to choose from. While there is a subscription fee, you can download the app for free and play around with some of the meditations before you decide if it’s for you or not. More often than not, you’ll end up receiving an email with a coupon code to use for your subscription! These guided meditations cover things such as stress relief, anxiety, happiness, focus, peace, sleep and so much more. Start your day with a five minute meditation session to put you out the door on the right foot. Listen to a sleep story to help you relax and fall into a deep, restful sleep at night. We truly cannot say enough wonderful things about this one!

2. The Daily Quote App

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Image Source: Daily Motivation

Do you respond well to inspirational and motivational quotes? Well, so do we! The Daily Quote app is a free app that provides you with daily inspirational and motivational quotes. Enable notifications to have it send you your quote of the day each morning! We have ours set to notify us the same time we wake up, because what’s better than waking up to some motivation waiting to greet you?

 
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Image Source: Samia's Photography

This is one of our all-time favorite books. The tagline is “How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life.” If you’re someone looking to really take control of your life and make positive changes, this is the book for you! Find a way to take even 5 minutes a day to read a few pages. Put yourself first, make a commitment to read each day, and transform your life into the one you want to be living.

 
Image Source: Rachel Hollis

Image Source: Rachel Hollis

As women, we unknowingly believe many lies about ourselves. The title “Stop believing the lies about who you are so you can become who you were meant to be” couldn’t be more true. Hollis starts each chapter with a lie that she, and most women, believed about herself that made her feel negatively. She then re-tells her experience with this lie, and finishes up with what helped her work through and unpack things to discover the truth of her situation. This story is so relatable and motivational, showing just how true it is that you can accomplish anything if you stick with it and believe in yourself!

2017 National Book Awards Winners

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It’s that time of year again when the National Book Foundation announces its National Book Award Winners for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature! Here are the winners! We cannot wait to read them all!


FICTION WINNER

Author: Jesmyn Ward

Author: Jesmyn Ward


NONFICTION WINNER

Author: Masha Gessen

Author: Masha Gessen


POETRY WINNER

Author: Frank Bidart

Author: Frank Bidart


YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE WINNER

Author: Robin Benway

Author: Robin Benway


Let us know what you think of the winning books!