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“Maira Kalman is the perfect choice to create the National Poetry Month poster,” said designer Chip Kidd, who commissions an artist to create the National Poetry Month poster on our behalf every April. “She is the John Ashbery of painted illustration, whimsical and haunting, but with more dogs and pastry. Which is always a good thing.”
To help celebrate National Poetry Month each year, we distribute more than 100,000 free posters to schools, libraries, and bookstores coast to coast.
If you're able to support our efforts, please consider a donation to the Academy of American Poets. Contributions from poetry lovers like you help us send posters to teachers, librarians, booksellers, and event organizers.
On the PDF version of this year's poster, each image is clickable and links to a poem. A related lesson plan offers classroom activities around the poster and poems, along with additional ways to engage your students with National Poetry Month.