2015 National Poetry Month Highlights

National Poetry Month Poster

Each year, the Academy of American Poets partners with award-winning designer Chip Kidd to commission a poster in celebration of National Poetry Month.

The 2015 poster was illustrated by National Book Award finalist Roz Chast and was inspired by a poem by the late Mark Strand. This year we distributed 120,000 posters to schools, libraries, bookstores, community centers, and our members.

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2015 National Poetry Month Poster

2015 Poster Illustrated by Roz Chast


Dear Poet 2015

To help teachers and students celebrate National Poetry Month, each year we offer a signature education project. This year, we launched Dear Poet, a multimedia project that invited young people in grades five through twelve to write letters in response to poems written and read by some of the award-winning poets who serve on the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors. We produced, and made available for free on Poets.org, a series of videos featuring  our Chancellors reading their poems. And to further help teachers bring Dear Poet to the classroom, we worked with a curriculum specialist to design a lesson plan, aligned with the Common Core.

Read a selection of the 1,500+ letters we received from young people to our Chancellors and their heartfelt responses back.

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Juan Felipe Herrera

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

Read This Poem

We teamed up with 826 National, a youth writing organization,
to produce Read This Poem, a celebration of poets in seven
cities with 826 chapters.

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826 National

Poetry & the Creative Mind

The 13th annual Poetry & the Creative Mind was held
on April 15, 2015, at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, and
featured a star-studded cast, including 
Iron & Wine's Sam Beam
Nick Cannon, Holly Hunter, Judith Jamison
, Kris Kristofferson,
Gloria Steinem
, Vanessa Williams
, and Debra Winger, among others. 

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Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem at the 13th annual Poetry & The Creative Mind, New York City, 2015

Reading at the High Line

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, more than twenty poets—including
poetry slam stars, sign language poets, and prize-winners—
presented work at different points along New York's High Line
as part of “After Sunset: Poetry Walk.” The performances
culminated with a reading by National Book Award-winner
Mark Doty

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Lemon Andersen

Lemon Andersen reads on the High Line, New York City, 2015

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people throughout the
United States celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them,
and sharing it with others throughout the day as schools,
bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and other venues
ring loud with open readings of poems from pockets.

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poem in Your Pocket Day packet