New York, March 19— National Poetry Month 2007 kicks off this April with the announcement of America’s biggest poetry fans—individuals who have demonstrated a passionate devotion to poetry that goes beyond the usual. After a national search unlike any other, poetry’s biggest fans will be profiled on Poets.org in April with creative media showcasing why these "poetfans" are more than mere readers in their unrivalled engagement with poetry.
For more information: www.poets.org/poetfan
Other activities planned for National Poetry Month 2007 include:
Free National Poetry Month Poster
Designed by renowned graphic designer Christoph Niemann, the 2007 National Poetry Month poster features the encoded image of poet Walt Whitman, composed of repeating white type reading “National Poetry Month April 2007.” The image is accompanied by a line from Whitman’s poem “Leaves of Grass”: “And our visions, the visions of poets, the most solid announcements of any.” The poster is downloadable via this link. It will also be mailed for free while supplies last to teachers and librarians by online request.
After 20,000 readers signed up in 2006, the Academy will again offer a daily dose of new poetry each day this April. The poems represent some of the best work being published in 2007, and include new poems by authors such as Eavan Boland, Henri Cole, Kevin Young, and Carl Dennis. www.poets.org/poemaday
We each carry lines of poetry with us. Words that others have written float back and stay with us, indelibly. This year, the Academy of American Poets has asked poets with new spring books, friends and other visitors to Poets.org to share the lines of poetry that are most vital to them—their Life Lines. These Life Lines will be featured during National Poetry Month 2007. www.poets.org/LifeLines
Poetry & The Creative Mind
The Academy will host its fifth annual star-studded benefit, Poetry & The Creative Mind, on Wednesday, April 11, at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. This year, the Academy presents such luminaries as Lauren Bacall, William F. Baker, Glenn Close, David Halberstam, Ethan Hawke, Simon Schama, John Simon, Alfre Woodard, and others to be announced on Poets.org. Tickets ($35-$75) are available by calling (212) 721-6500. www.poets.org/gala
New Spring Poetry Titles
The first place to look for new books of poetry, the Academy’s Spring Books List features over 180 titles. Highlights include A Worldly Country, John Ashbery; The Kitchen Sink, Albert Goldbarth; Magnetic North, Linda Gregerson; Littlefoot, Charles Wright; Acolytes, a new collection by Nikki Giovanni; new books from Carl Phillips, Grace Schulman, Derek Walcott, W.S. DiPiero, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Susan Hahn, Elaine Equi, Maurice Manning and Tom Sleigh; the selected poems of Kenneth Koch; and more. www.poets.org/npmbooks.php
Poets.org: New Features & Resources
It's already the most popular poetry site on the web, but this April, Poets.org will get even bigger, offering a double helping of new poems, biographies, essays, interviews, audio clips, and educational resources. In addition, a new and improved National Poetry Map will be relaunched with hundreds of new resources, profiles, and event listings, to help people discover great poetry across the country.
About National Poetry Month
Inaugurated by the Academy in April 1996, National Poetry Month (NPM) brings together publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools, and poets around the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. To learn more, please visit: www.poets.org/npm
About the Academy of American Poets
The Academy of American Poets is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1934 to foster appreciation for contemporary poetry and to support American poets at all stages of their careers. For over three generations, the Academy has connected millions of people to great poetry through programs such as National Poetry Month, the largest literary celebration in the world; Poets.org, the most popular site about poetry on the web, presenting a wealth of great poems, audio recordings, poet biographies, essays, and interactive discussions about poetry; the Poetry Audio Archive, capturing the voices of contemporary American poets for generations to come; American Poet, a biannual literary journal; and our annual series of poetry readings and special events. The Academy also awards prizes to accomplished poets at all stages of their careers. For more information, visit www.poets.org.