Dear Poet Project

For National Poetry Month 2018, 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 [email protected] by April 30, 2018. Please include your name, the name of the poet to whom you’ve written, and (when applicable) your teacher's contact information. We will consider all letters for publication on Poets.org in 2018. 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.

And, for the first time ever, American Girl—one of our 2018 National Poetry Month sponsors—is pleased to offer participating classes the chance to win a Gabriela McBride doll. We’ll provide teachers with more information about this opportunity, if your class is eligible, once we’ve received students’ letters.

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