Something that has been invaluable to me as a poet is getting involved in my local poetry community. When I was still in my undergrad I would frequent the University of Arizona Poetry Center – a contemporary poetry library with TONS of amazing books, as well as many comfy couches. The Poetry Center puts on frequent readings from up and coming poets, well-established poets, and MFA writing students. Going to these readings is totally awesome, because you get a Q & A with the poet(s) afterward, and can even purchase their book and have them sign it! A poetry nerd’s fantasy, really.
Luckily for everyone, even if you can’t be at these readings in body, you can still watch and listen to the readings on the Poetry Center’s Website via their free online audio visual library: VOCA. There are even some readings from the likes of Allen Ginsberg, and my poetic crush Zachary Schomburg.
Go now, explore!