National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

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about the celebration

about the celebration

National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

Thank you for joining in the celebration by listing your events and attending other events in your community, displaying this year's poster, participating in Poem in Your Pocket Dayrecommending the Dear Poet project to a young personsigning up to read a Poem-a-Day, and checking out 30 more ways to celebrate.

We hope National Poetry Month's events and activities will inspire you to keep celebrating poetry all year long!

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sponsors & partners 

 

NPM Sponsors 2019

 

 

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Dear Poet 

A multimedia educational project that invites young people to write letters in response to poems shared by our Chancellors.

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Anne Waldman

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Join thousands of individuals across the U.S. who carry a poem in their pocket. 
 

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poetry & the Creative Mind

The 2018 annual gala was held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 25.
 

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Poetry and the Creative Mind

 

upcoming events

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Mar 24 2019

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Ferlinghetti at 100 / Open House Birthday Party at City Lights

On Sunday, March 24, 2019, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., join City Lights Books in celebrating Lawrence Ferlinghetti's 100th Birthday with a day of readings, reminiscences and joy at City Lights—along with neighborhood events at the Canessa Gallery, Vesuvio's, and Café Zoetrope—featuring an amazing lineup of poets, writers, and friends reading Lawrence's work.
 
See the full schedule of birthday events celebrating Lawrence Ferlinghetti here: http://www.citylights.com/ferlinghetti/
 
 
To be considered for #PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week, we invite you to become a registered user of Poets.org and use our online calendar Poetry Near You to promote local events in your community.
 
1:00pm to 5:00pm
City Lights Books
261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway
94133 San Francisco, California
Mar 19 2019

Bryant Park Winter Poetry with Tupelo Press

Hear established and emerging poets read their poetry as Bryant Park Poetry goes indoors for the winter. This month's program is presented in partnership with Tupelo Press.
 
Featuring the poets: Chaun Ballard, Joseph Campana, Mario Chard, and Nomi Stone.
 
Kinokuniya Bookstore provides a warm environment where you’ll meet other poetry aficionados. Located at 1073 Avenue of the Americas, between West 40th and West 41st Streets. The bookstore sits opposite Bryant Park. Books are available for purchase and for signing by the poets.
 
Winter Poetry readings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, January - April, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
 
Readings are free and open to the public.
 
*Please note: programs are subject to change
 
6:00pm
Kinokuniya Bookstore
1073 Avenue of the Americas
between West 40th and West 41st Streets
10018 New York, New York
Mar 21 2019

Official Launch of The Question Authority by Rachel Cline

Celebrate the launch of The Question Authority by Rachel Cline at Nuyorican Poets Cafe on March 21st at 7:00 p.m. Learn more about Cline's latest novel, which features a protagonist hailed by Kirkus Reviews as "beautifully crafted" and reignites the #MeToo movement by examining the effects of sexual abuse on two friends from childhood. The event will also feature an appearance by author Dennis Must and a musical performance by Marykate O'Neil.

Tickets are only $10 if you order now: https://ci.ovationtix.com/35133/production/1007088?performanceId=10384641

Admission fee: $15.00
7:00pm
Nuyorican Poets Cafe
236 E 3rd Street
10009 New York City, New York

recent news and updates

Apr 26 2018
The Atrocious Poets, a poetry collective based in Woodstock, Illinois, is observing National Poetry Month with One City, One Poet. This year's celebration aims to bring the life and legacy of "the people's poet" Carl Sandburg to the streets of Woodstock.
Apr 24 2018
The Howard County Poetry & Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) is partnering with Howard Community College to present the tenth annual Blackbird Poetry Festival on April 26, 2018, in Howard County, Columbia, Maryland.