National Poetry Month

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about the celebration

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month, held every April, is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry's vital place in our culture.

Thanks to all who helped make this April the best celebration yet. And join us in 2016 for the twentieth anniversary of National Poetry Month! 

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Dear Poet 2015

A multimedia educational project that invited young people to write letters in response to poems shared by our Chancellors.

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Naomi Shihab Nye

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Thousands of individuals across the U.S. carried a poem in their pocket on April 30, 2015. 
 

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Poetry & the Creative Mind

Our annual gala was held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 15, 2015.
 

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Sep 10 2015

A Celebration of Maya Angelou's Poetic Legacy with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Gregory Pardlo

Presented Alongside the First Public Exhibition of Dr. Angelou’s Art Collection by the Academy of American PoetsCave Canem Foundation, and Swann Auction Galleries

Gregory Pardlo is the author of two poetry collections, Digest (Four Way Books, 2014), which received the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and was shortlisted for the 2015 NAACP Image Award, and Totem, which received the American Poetry Review/Honickman Prize in 2007.

On September 15, 2015 Swann Galleries will auction The Art Collection of Maya AngelouAt 75, Swann is the oldest specialty auction house in New York. The auction of Dr. Angelou's collection will be preceded by a public exhibition of the work. For more information about the auction or the exhibition, please visit swanngalleries.com.

The event is free, but R.S.V.P.s are required: http://bit.ly/1WfHXD6

7:00pm to 9:00pm
Swann Auction Galleries
104 East 25th Street
#6
10010 New York, New York
Oct 08 2015 to Oct 10 2015

Poets Forum

This year’s Poets Forum will be held October 8 to 10, 2015, and will feature readings and conversations by the award-winning poets who serve on our organization’s Board of Chancellors. Purchase tickets at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/poets-forum-2015-october-8-10-tickets-17880472976


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8

A Reading by the Academy of American Poets Chancellors
6:30–8:00 p.m.
Location: The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York University, 566 LaGuardia Place

Join us for an unforgettable evening as award-winning poets from across the U.S. who serve as Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets come together on one stage to share their poems. Featuring Elizabeth Alexander, Toi Derricotte, Mark Doty, Linda Gregerson, Juan Felipe Herrera, Jane Hirshfield, Khaled Mattawa, Marilyn Nelson, Naomi Shihab Nye, Alicia Ostriker, Claudia Rankine, Alberto Ríos, Arthur Sze, Anne Waldman, and C. D. Wright. The reading will be followed by a book signing in the lobby.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9

Poetry Walking Tours of Brooklyn (For all-events passholders only)
10:30 a.m.–noon (led by Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang)
& 1:30–3:00 p.m. (led by poet Lynn Melnick)

Passholders may RSVP to take a walking tour exploring the literary history of Brooklyn, with stops at the Cave Canem Foundation and Berl’s Poetry Shop—the only all-poetry bookstore in NYC. More details in early fall.

A Reading by Marie Howe and Lecture by Joy Harjo
6:30–7:30 p.m.
Location: Theresa Lang Center, The New School, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor

Join us for a reading by recent New York State Poet Laureate Marie Howe and a lecture on contemporary poetry by Joy Harjo: “Ancestors: a Mapping of Indigenous Poetry and Poets.” In this, our annual Blaney Lecture, Harjo will give an overview of the current field of young indigenous poets, and their ancestral strands of relatives. The branches extend throughout the world, before the English language.The annual Blaney Lecture was created in memory of former Academy of American Poets Board member Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney by a gift from her estate. The event will be followed by a book signing and reception.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10

Chancellor Conversations
10:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.
Location: Theresa Lang Center, The New School, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor

A series of five dynamic conversations between the diverse poets who serve on our honorary Board of Chancellors on topics central to poets and readers today.

In Search of Poetry Today: Toi Derricotte, Anne Waldman, and C. D. Wright
10:00–10:50 a.m.
The dissolution of genres. Poetry as drawing. The City of Poetry. The Country of Poetry. The Bomb Shelter of Poetry. The Tenant Farm of Poetry. The Exclusion Zone of Poetry. Poets Anonymous. Poetry’s Anomie—Academy Chancellors explore the shifting definition of the art form.

Tracing the Lyric: Mark Doty, Linda Gregerson, and Jane Hirshfield
11:00–11:50 a.m.
The personal sphere and the inner life have long been the domain of the lyric poem. How has this form, and our reading of it, changed over time?  Academy Chancellors share their insights on the lyric poem past and present.

Lunch Break
11:50 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

Reports from Around the World: Khaled Mattawa, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Arthur Sze
1:00–1:50 p.m.
Academy Chancellors discuss their experiences with poetry and poets from other countries. What does the poetry culture look like abroad? Which books and poets from around the world should we be reading?

Projects-in-Progress: Marilyn Nelson, Alicia Ostriker, Alberto Ríos
2:00–2:50 p.m.
Academy Chancellors discuss new poetic projects they are currently working on, including state poet laureate efforts and poems about the city, as well as long-cherished practices.

Poets Respond: Elizabeth Alexander, Juan Felipe Herrera, Claudia Rankine
3:00–3:50 p.m.
How poets and the poetry community respond to tragic events and challenges facing our country and the world today.

American Poets Magazine Publication Party
7:00–9:00 p.m.
Location: Wollman Hall, The New School, 65 West 11th Street, 5th Floor

Join us for a reading and reception featuring 2015 Walt Whitman Award winner Sjohnna McCray, in celebration of the new fall/winter issue of American Poets, the Academy’s biannual magazine. This event is free and open to the public.


Poets Forum is cosponsored by The New School Creative Writing Program and The New York University Creative Writing Program. The program is also made possible, in part, by support from the National Endowment of the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Admission fee: $95.00
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Various Venues 10011 New York, New York
Sep 05 2015

Poetry and Prose Pavilion at the National Book Festival

If you want to meet the authors behind the latest contemporary literature, level up on digital-age publishing, or enjoy a youth poetry slam, look no further than the Poetry & Prose Pavilion, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts at the Library of Congress National Book Festival.

The Poetry & Prose Pavilion is part of the Library of Congress’s 15th annual literary festival, which takes place on Saturday, Sept. 5, from 10 am to 10 pm at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW, in Washington, DC. This year’s free festival features more than 150 authors, poets, and illustrators.  

The line-up of presenters at the Poetry & Prose Pavilion includes Daniel Alarcón, (At Night We Walk in Circles), Jerome Charyn (I Am Abraham), Marilyn Chin (Hard Love Province), Claudia Rankine, (Citizen: An American Lyric), Ishmael Reed (The Complete Mohammad Ali), Eric Pankey (Crow-Work), and Kevin Young (Book of Hours). Five of the writers received NEA Literature Fellowships early in their careers: Charyn (1985); Chin (1985, 1993), Pankey (1988, 2005), Reed (1975); and Young (2005). 

Two panel discussions at the Poetry & Prose Pavilion consider both timely and timeless topics. “Publishing in the Digital Age: A Panel About the Ins and Outs of Publishing” offers discussion by Lynn Freed (Reading, Writing and Leaving Home); Geoffrey Kloske, president of Riverhead Books; and Kevin Larimer, editor-in-chief of Poets & Writers magazine. The second panel looks at “Why Literature Matters: A Conversation about the Importance of the Imagination” with Jane Hirshfield (Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World), Azar Nafisi, (The Republic of Imagination), and Jeff Brown (The News).    

Poetry’s next generation is getting center stage at the 2015 pavilion. In the morning, youth poetry reciters help celebrate the tenth anniversary of Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry recitation contest by reciting the poems that earned them top spots at this year’s National Competition Finals.

In the evening, the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center, the NEA, and Split This Rock will present the National Book Festival Youth Poetry Slam, which will bring together slammers from Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC.

For the complete Poetry & Prose Pavilion schedule, go to the Related Content section. For more information about the National Book Festival call 888-714-4696 or visit loc.gov/bookfest.

See more at: http://arts.gov/news/2015/nea-literature-fellows-showcased-library-congr...

10:00am
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
20001 Washington D.C., District Of Columbia

recent news and updates

May 21 2015
Dear Poet letter
Thanks to everyone who participated in Dear Poet, our National Poetry Month education project that invited young people to respond to poems written and read by some of the award-winning poets who serve on our Board of Chancellors. We received 1,500+ letters from students (and teachers), and our Chancellors were thrilled to respond to a selection of them. We've included others from across the country, and around the world. Take a look!
Apr 28 2015
Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people throughout the United States celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day. Take a look at how these innovative schools and libraries are celebrating this year.

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