Each April, the Academy of American Poets creates and distributes—for free—100,000 copies of the current National Poetry Month posters to U.S. schools, libraries, bookstores, and community centers to help promote the month-long celebration and to increase poetry awareness.
If you are a school or library administrator and require multiple copies, please send an email to our National Poetry Month Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copies of National Poetry Month posters from previous years are available for $5 each while supplies last. To obtain a poster from previous years, send your request in writing, along with a check payable to Academy of American Poets, Attn: NPM Poster Request, 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 901, New York, NY 10038.
Please note that we are unable to ship posters to international recipients.
Posters from Previous Years
The 2013 poster features the line "Write about your sorrows, your wishes, your passing thoughts, your belief in anything beautiful." from Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet.
The 2011 poster features the line "bright objects hypnotize the mind" from Elizabeth Bishop's poem "A Word with You." Bishop was born February 8, 1911, so we celebrated her centennial in 2011.
The 2010 poster features the lines "We make a dwelling in the evening air, / In which being there together is enough." from Wallace Stevens's poem "Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour."
2009 Poster [SOLD OUT]
The 2009 poster features the lines "Do I dare / Disturb the universe?" from T. S. Eliot's poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock."
The 2008 poster features a line from Jay Wright's poem "The Healing Improvisation of Hair": I carried my life, like a stone, / in a ragged pocket, but I / had a true weaving song, a sly / way with rhythm, a healing tone.
The 2007 poster features a line from Walt Whitman's poem "As I Walk These Broad Majestic Days": And our visions, the visions of poets, the most solid announcements of any.
2006 Poster [SOLD OUT]
2005 Poster [SOLD OUT]
The 2005 poster features Emily Dickinson's dress and a quote from her letters: "Nature is a haunted house—but Art—is a house that tries to be haunted."
2004 Poster [SOLD OUT]
2003 Poster [SOLD OUT]
2002 Poster [SOLD OUT]
Painting: Jasper Johns, Map (1961). Oil on Canvas, 6'6" x 10'3-1/8" (198.2 x 314.7 cm) © Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Design: Betsy Bell
Illustration: Edward Koren
Design: Jessica Weber
Photo: Arthur Tress
Design: Michael Ian Kaye
1999 Magazine Advertisement [NOT FOR SALE]
|1998 Postcard [NOT FOR SALE] |
Andrew Carroll, Executive Director of the American Poetry & Literacy (APL) Project on the eve of his coast-to-coast drive to distribute 100,000 books on poetry.
Photo & Design: Betsy Bell
|1998 Magazine Advertisement [NOT FOR SALE]|
Photo: Boris Godunov © William Wegman
Quotation: The Poems of Emily Dickinson, Thomas H. Johnson, Ed., Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
Design: Bennett Book Advertising
|1997 Magazine Advertisement [NOT FOR SALE]|
Photo: Darius Kinsey, from Kinsey, Photographer, by Dave Bohn and Rodolfo Petschek, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
Design: Betsy Bell