Dear Poet Project

For National Poetry Month 2017, we present 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—to participate in this year’s Dear Poet project, watch the videos below of Chancellors reading and discussing one of their poems. Then, write them a letter in response and send it by post or email to the Academy of American Poets, 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 901, New York, NY 10038 or by April 30, 2017. Please include your name and the name of the poet to whom you’ve written. We will consider all letters for publication on in May 2017, and our Chancellors will reply 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