Dear Poet Project 2019

For National Poetry Month 2019, we present Dear Poet, a multimedia education project inviting 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 can participate in this year’s Dear Poet project by watching the videos below of Chancellors reading and discussing one of their poems. Then, students can write letters in response and send them by post or email to the Academy of American Poets. We will considere all letters for publication on in 2019, 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. Please send all letters via post or email by the end of day on April 30, 2019. Please include your name and contact information; each student’s name and grade; the poet who inspired each letter; and the name and mailing address of your school.

The Academy of American Poets
ATTN: Dear Poet
75 Maiden Lane, Suite 901
New York, NY 10038
[email protected]

read the featured poems

read the lesson plan

read previous dear poet letters

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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