Dear Poet Project

For National Poetry Month 2017, we presented Dear Poet, a multimedia education project that invites 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.

Students participated in this year’s Dear Poet project by watching the videos below of Chancellors reading and discussing one of their poems, writing them a letter in response, and sending it to us by April 30. We considered all letters for publication on Poets.org, and our Chancellors replied to select letters of their choosing.

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

read 2017 dear poet letters

go to the lesson plan