Merriam-Webster Sets Poetry in Motion As major sponsor of National Poetry Month, April 2001

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Merriam-Webster Inc.

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- This April, Merriam-Webster
 Inc. is once again a major sponsor of the Academy of American Poets' sixth
 annual National Poetry Month.  As America's most trusted authority on
 language, Merriam-Webster is delighted to help encourage greater general
 awareness of poetry in our culture and to help booksellers, teachers, and
 librarians respond to the public's interest in poetry as effectively as
 possible.  Merriam-Webster is joining other major publishers, book
 distributors, libraries, schools, and literary organizations whose financial
 contributions have made National Poetry Month the largest celebration of
 poetry in American history.
     "Merriam-Webster is pleased to support America's poets-the people who use
 our language in its most expressive form," said John Morse, President and
 Publisher of Merriam-Webster Inc.  "We encourage everyone to take part in the
 Academy's American Poet Stamp Project this year, by visiting www.poets.org to
 nominate a favorite poet for future U.S. Postal Service stamps."
     Merriam-Webster and the Academy of American Poets are exploring ways to
 expand the Merriam-Webster sponsorship through participation with the
 Academy's On-line Poetry Classroom, a Web site being created to increase and
 enhance the educational resources available to high school teachers of poetry,
 especially through the use of new technology.  The goal of this new site, due
 to launch in May 2001, is to create an online community of teachers and poets
 dedicated to teaching poetry and to set new benchmarks for poetry education.
 
     Merriam-Webster, Incorporated
     Merriam-Webster Inc. acquired the rights to revise and publish Noah
 Webster's dictionaries in 1843.  Since then, Merriam-Webster has maintained an
 ongoing commitment to innovation in language reference publishing.  Today, the
 company continues as the clear leader, with electronic reference products,
 learning tools, and word games.  For more information about the company, visit
 Merriam-Webster OnLine at http://www.m-w.com and Merriam-Webster's Word
 Central, the award-winning language site for kids, teachers, and parents at
 http://www.WordCentral.com.
 
      CONTACT:
      Arthur Bicknell, Publicist
      Phone: (413) 734-3134 ext. 119
      E-mail: abicknell@Merriam-Webster.com
 
 

SOURCE Merriam-Webster Inc.
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- This April, Merriam-Webster
 Inc. is once again a major sponsor of the Academy of American Poets' sixth
 annual National Poetry Month.  As America's most trusted authority on
 language, Merriam-Webster is delighted to help encourage greater general
 awareness of poetry in our culture and to help booksellers, teachers, and
 librarians respond to the public's interest in poetry as effectively as
 possible.  Merriam-Webster is joining other major publishers, book
 distributors, libraries, schools, and literary organizations whose financial
 contributions have made National Poetry Month the largest celebration of
 poetry in American history.
     "Merriam-Webster is pleased to support America's poets-the people who use
 our language in its most expressive form," said John Morse, President and
 Publisher of Merriam-Webster Inc.  "We encourage everyone to take part in the
 Academy's American Poet Stamp Project this year, by visiting www.poets.org to
 nominate a favorite poet for future U.S. Postal Service stamps."
     Merriam-Webster and the Academy of American Poets are exploring ways to
 expand the Merriam-Webster sponsorship through participation with the
 Academy's On-line Poetry Classroom, a Web site being created to increase and
 enhance the educational resources available to high school teachers of poetry,
 especially through the use of new technology.  The goal of this new site, due
 to launch in May 2001, is to create an online community of teachers and poets
 dedicated to teaching poetry and to set new benchmarks for poetry education.
 
     Merriam-Webster, Incorporated
     Merriam-Webster Inc. acquired the rights to revise and publish Noah
 Webster's dictionaries in 1843.  Since then, Merriam-Webster has maintained an
 ongoing commitment to innovation in language reference publishing.  Today, the
 company continues as the clear leader, with electronic reference products,
 learning tools, and word games.  For more information about the company, visit
 Merriam-Webster OnLine at http://www.m-w.com and Merriam-Webster's Word
 Central, the award-winning language site for kids, teachers, and parents at
 http://www.WordCentral.com.
 
      CONTACT:
      Arthur Bicknell, Publicist
      Phone: (413) 734-3134 ext. 119
      E-mail: abicknell@Merriam-Webster.com
 
 SOURCE  Merriam-Webster Inc.