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For National Poetry Month 2014, we introduce Poet-to-Poet, a multimedia educational project that invites young people in grades 3-12 to write poems in response to those shared by some of the award-winning poets who serve on the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors: Poet Laureate of California Juan Felipe Herrera, National Book Critics Circle Award-winner Edward Hirsch, NEA and Guggenheim Fellow Jane Hirshfield, Lannan Foundation Fellow Naomi Shihab Nye, Pulitzer Prize-nominee Ron Padgett, Jackson Poetry Prize-winner Arthur Sze, and Cofounder (with Allen Ginsberg) of the Naropa Institute Anne Waldman.

Students—to participate in Poet-to-Poet, watch the videos below of Chancellors reading and discussing one of their poems. Then, write your own poem in response and email it to us at poet2poet@poets.org by April 30, 2014. Please include your name and the name of the poet below who has inspired your poem. We will consider all student poems for publication on Poets.org in May 2014.

Teachers—if you are interested in using Poet-to-Poet in the classroom, we worked with a curriculum specialist to design a series of activities, aligned with the Common Core, especially for you. Go to the Lesson Plans >

Happy writing!


Juan Felipe Herrera Reads "Five Directions to My House"

Juan Felipe Herrera

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Edward Hirsch Reads "Fast Break"

Edward Hirsch

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Jane Hirshfield Reads "My Skeleton"

Jane Hirshfield

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Naomi Shihab Nye Reads "Valentine for Ernest Mann"

Naomi Shihab Nye

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Ron Padgett Reads "Nothing in That Drawer"

Ron Padgett

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Arthur Sze Reads "The Owl"

Arthur Sze

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Arthur Sze Reads "Here"

Arthur Sze

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Anne Waldman Reads From "Manatee/Humanity"



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