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National Poetry Month is a registered trademark of the Academy of American Poets.

National Poetry Month

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

What is National Poetry Month?: Frequently asked questions about NPM.

30 Ways to Celebrate: A month's worth of poetry activities that any community can take part in.

Keep up-to-date on the latest National Poetry Month news. Sign up for our free monthly newsletter.



Poet-to-Poet Project: A multimedia educational project that invites young people to write poems in response to those shared by award-winning poets who serve on the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors.

Poetry & the Creative Mind: Each April, the Academy of American Poets presents a star-studded celebration of American poetry.

Poem in Your Pocket Day: Join thousands of individuals across the U.S. and carry a poem in your pocket on April 24, 2014.

Poem-A-Day: Subscribers receive previously unpublished work by contemporary poets, as well as classic and historical poems, delivered daily.

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Celebration Highlights: Reminisce about Academy events and promotions of Aprils past.

Mayoral Proclamations: View the official proclamations that the Academy has received in support of National Poetry Month. Request an NPM proclamation from your own mayor!


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Our National Poetry Month poster for 2014 was created by acclaimed designer Chip Kidd.

Request a free poster for April 2014 >

Poster Gallery: Download this year's poster or purchase copies of posters from previous years.

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Many thanks to the organizations that help make National Poetry Month possible, including:

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