Poets, Painters, & Performers: It Must Be April!

It’s April (really? already?), spring is blooming (well, just about everywhere), and we’ve got lots of stamp-related fun to look forward to! In honor of National Poetry Month we’ll be celebrating the release of the Twentieth-Century Poets stamps on April 21 with in-depth posts about all ten poets featured on the pane. Other First Day of Issue ceremonies this month include William H. Johnson (April 11), The Civil War: 1862 (April 24), José Ferrer (April 26), and Louisiana Statehood (April 30). Whew! We’re also “going green” for Earth Day (April 22) and gearing up for National Park Week (April 21 – 29). And we haven’t even mentioned the birthdays we’ll be celebrating this month. Won’t you join us? Tell your friends about USPS Stamp of Approval and leave a comment letting us know what you’d like us to cover this April. Happy stamping!

“Sylvia Plath”, n.d.
Photograph by Rollie McKenna
@ Rosalie Thorne McKenna Foundation
Courtesy Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona Foundation

“Denise Levertov”, 1953
Photograph by Rollie McKenna
@ Rosalie Thorne McKenna Foundation
Courtesy Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona Foundation

“E. E. Cummings”, 1935
Photograph by Edward Weston
Collection Center for Creative Photography
@1981 Arizona Board of Regents

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