National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

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about the celebration

about the celebration

National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

Thank you for joining in the celebration by listing your events and attending other events in your community, displaying this year's poster, participating in Poem in Your Pocket Dayrecommending the Dear Poet project to a young personsigning up to read a Poem-a-Day, and checking out 30 more ways to celebrate.

We hope National Poetry Month's events and activities will inspire you to keep celebrating poetry all year long!

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Dear Poet 

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

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Anne Waldman

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Join thousands of individuals across the U.S. who will carry a poem in their pocket on April 27. 
 

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poetry & the Creative Mind

This year's annual gala will be held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 19.
 

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Poetry and the Creative Mind

 

upcoming events

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Feb 25 2017

Short Talks On Large Legacies In Black History

In celebration of Black History Month, Timothy Donnelly, Margo Jefferson, and Mónica de la Torre present short talks on poetic giants of the past and how the legacy of African-American poetry continues to shape their own craft. Join us as we pay homage to black writers and artists who have helped shape contemporary poetry and take one last look at our exhibition American Stanzas: 2006-2016 by poet, photographer, and visual artist Rachel Eliza Griffiths.

Admission fee: $10.00
3:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 NYC, New York
Mar 01 2017

Robert Lowell at 100—March 1 Lecture & Roundtable Discussion

New York University will host “Robert Lowell: Setting the River On Fire,” a lecture by Lowell biographer Kay Redfield Jamison, followed by a roundtable discussion celebrating the works of the acclaimed poet, on Wed., March 1, 7 p.m. at NYU School of Law’s Greenberg Lounge (40 Washington Square South [between MacDougal and Sullivan Streets]).

The event, which takes place on the 100th anniversary of Lowell’s birth, will feature: Kay Redfield Jamison, author of a new biography, Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire; Katie Peterson, editor of Lowell's New Selected Poems; Frank Bidart, National Book Critics Circle-winning poet and longtime associate of Lowell; poet and The New Yorker poetry editor Paul Muldoon; and poet Ishion Hutchinson.

“Robert Lowell: Setting the River On Fire,” free and open to the public, will consider his impact on poetry and why he has remained a major presence in our literature after his death in 1977.

An RSVP is required—please register here. For more information, email transformative.lives@nyu.edu or call 212.998.4291. Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F, M (W. 4th St.).

The event, which will include a book signing of Jamison’s and Peterson’s new works, is sponsored by the Biography Seminar at NYU; the Center for the Study of Transformative Lives; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Lowell's publisher; Alfred A. Knopf, publishers of Kay Redfield Jamison; and the Poetry Society of America.

7:00pm
NYU School of Law’s Greenberg Lounge
40 Washington Square South
10012 New York, New York
Mar 01 2017

City Soul Cafe Open Mic

City Soul Cafe is the premiere spoken word poetry open mic in the triangle area. Come get on the mic and share your words with talented local poets from the Raleigh, NC area and hear nationally-known and award winning features from across the country. We are here at 44 Soul Cafe every Wednesday Night. Doors at 8:30 PM. Show at 9:00 PM.

Admission fee: $5.00
8:30pm
44 Soul Cafe
7361 Six Forks Road
27615 Raleigh, North Carolina

recent news and updates

Jan 11 2017
We're looking forward to this year's National Poetry Month and are excited to announce the following activities and initiatives for this coming April celebration of poets and poetry.
May 03 2016
Portland Art Museum's Poem in Your Pocket Day Handouts
From poets across the country challenging themselves to write a poem each day in April; to skyward murals of poems on the rooftops of Miami buildings for fliers to see; to students in Seattle, many of whom are refugees, telling their personal stories through poems broadcast on public radio... National Poetry Month is an umbrella for many innovative and inspiring local celebrations of poetry, which, together, reach tens of millions of individuals.

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