Sponsored by Workhorse, Lexington Poetry Month is an easy to use
platform for poets to publish and share their work in an attractive
way. The community is supportive and diverse, commenting and
encouraging one another throughout June. Money we raise goes
to maintaining the cost of the website and publishing the yearly
anthology. Our goals are to provide every poet (~150) a copy of
the anthology, lower printing costs, and expand opportunities
offered during Lexington Poetry Month, such as featured readings
and poetry workshops.
Lexington Poetry Month (#LexPoMo) is a month-long celebration of all things poetry in Lexington, Kentucky. Everyone in the community is welcome to use the phrase “Lexington Poetry Month” for any events or activities.
#LexPoMo was founded in 2013 by Hap Houlihan and Katerina Stoykova. On June 30th, 2013, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray declared June as “Lexington Poetry Month”.
Lexington Poetry Month is often conflated with the LexPoMo Writing Challenge, since they were founded by the same people and have continued for just as long. But they are (technically) different ideas and events.
The LexPoMo Writing Challenge
How it Works
The #LexPoMo Writing Challenge is an annual event during June where all participants are challenged to write a poem every day and (if they want) post it to the blog. Poems appear on the homepage and other members of the community can comment on your poem.
If you post at least five (5) poems during LexPoMo, your poems will be reviewed by a guest editor for inclusion in an annual anthology. The editor picks one poem, using their own criteria and discretion, from each poet1. If our publisher – Workhorse – has raised enough money for the year, then each published poet will receive a free copy of the anthology.
The #LexPoMo Writing Challenge was hosted on the Accents PublishingBlog from 2013-2016. Poems were emailed directly to an account monitored by Accents intern Bronson O’Quinn, who manually posted them to the site. After the first year, Bronson taught himself to code to make the process easier on himself and is now a web developer at Mediocre Creative.