National Poetry Month

U.S. Poet Laureate and Academy of American Poets Chancellor Juan Felipe Herrera

national
poetry month 2016
read more

about the celebration

about the celebration

This April marks the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, which was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, National Poetry Month 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!

download the national poetry month logo

sponsors & partners 

 

National Poetry Month Sponsors

 

 

get involved

Dear Poet 

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

learn more

Anne Waldman

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Thousands of individuals across the U.S. carried a poem in their pocket on April 21, 2016. 
 

find a poem

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poetry & the Creative Mind

Our annual gala was held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 27, 2016.
 

read more

Poetry and the Creative Mind

 

upcoming events

date
May 04 2016

Leabhar na hAathghabhála/Poems of Repossession: A Reading of Modern Irish Poetry

Join us for the launch of the first comprehensive critical anthology of modern poetry in Irish Gaelic with English translations. Leabhar na hAthghabhála/Poems of Repossession, edited by Louis De Paor, consists of poems in the Irish language written since 1900 with translations by Valentine IremongerMichael HartnettPaul MuldoonEiléan Ní ChuilleanáinBernard O’DonoghueMaurice Riordan, Peter SirrDavid Wheatley and Mary O’Donoghue. Most of the poems have not previously been available in English. Poems will be read in Irish Gaelic and English.

$10 General Admission; $7 Students and Seniors; Free for Poets House Members

Admission fee: $10.00
7:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace at Murray Street
10282 New York, New York
May 05 2016

San Jose State University Legacy of Poetry Day

Legacy of Poetry Day is an annual event to celebrate National Poetry Month, which we will extend by almost a week. The theme of this year’s tenth Legacy of Poetry Day celebration is “Ways and Ways to San Jose: A History of Santa Clara/Silicon Valley.” The theme comes from a poem by Al Young. The event will celebrate San Jose State University’s boisterous poetic legacy dating to Edwin Markham (1852–1940).

Other featured readers also include Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Arlene Biala; recent Santa Clara County Poet Laureates Sally Ashton and Nils Peterson; San Mateo County Poet Laureate Caroline Goodwin; Los Gatos Poet Laureate Emeritus Erica Goss; award-winning SJSU faculty poets including Alan Soldofsky, Creative Writing director, Persis Karim, and Tommy Mouton. Also featured will be poets on the SJSU staff including Vuong Vu, poet and publisher of Tourane Poetry Press.

For more information, click on: http://legacyofpoetryday.wix.com/hammer*          *          *

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
2016 LEGACY OF POETRY DAY: SCHEDULE
“POETRY ON THE PASEO”5:00 pm – Introduction: Music by Cuatro Con Tres, a San Jose-based Latin musicians.5:05 pm: Opening remarks by SJSU President Susan Martin and by Academic Senate Chair Dr. Michael Kimbarow. Tribute to SJSU’s heritage in poetry in the history of Santa Clara Valley, including the poetry of Edwin Markham (1852–1940).

5:15 – 7:00 pm – Short readings by SJSU student, alumni, faculty, staff, and community poets.

7:00 – 8:15 pm – Pachanga on the Paseo: A Roving Spectacle of Public Art.

8:15 p.m. – U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera blesses Hammer Theater Center.

POETS LAUREATE READING:

8:20 pm – Al Young leads off the Poet Laureates Reading. Followed by (here listed in alphabetical order): Sally Ashton, Santa Clara County Emerita * Arlene Biala, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate * Jennifer Swanton Brown, Cupertino Poet Laureate Emerita * David Denny, Cupertino Poet Laureate Emeritus * Stan Garber, Los Gatos Poet Laureate *  Caroline Goodwin, San Mateo County Poet Laureate * Erica Goss, Los Gatos Poet Laureate Emerita* Parthenia M. Hicks, Los Gatos Poet Laureate Emerita * Alejandro Murgía, San Francisco Poet Laureate * Nils Peterson, Santa Clara Poet Laureate Emeritus * Amanda Williamsen, Cupertino Poet Laureate * Co-hosted by Rachelle Escamilla, producer/host of KKUP-FM’s Out of Our Minds radio program.

9:15 pm – Keynote reading: Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate.

9:30 pm – Juan Felipe Herrera book signing, Hammer Theater Café, off the lobby.

5:00pm to 9:30pm
Hammer Theater Center
101 Paseo de San Antonio
95192 San Jose, California
May 07 2016

Blooms Reading at Menil Fest

We invite you to bring a blanket and a lawn chair and spend the afternoon with us enjoying poetry, music, film, and yoga at this festival for the whole family. For more information about the festival and a timeline of events, please visit the Menil Collection website. 

11:00am
Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross St.
77006 Houston, Texas

recent news and updates

May 03 2016
Portland Art Museum's Poem in Your Pocket Day Handouts
From poets across the country challenging themselves to write a poem each day in April; to skyward murals of poems on the rooftops of Miami buildings for fliers to see; to students in Seattle, many of whom are refugees, telling their personal stories through poems broadcast on public radio...National Poetry Month is an umbrella for many innovative and inspiring local celebrations of poetry, which reach tens of millions of individuals.
Apr 27 2016
Speedway & Swan is a one-hour free-format radio program that presents contemporary poetry against a context of musical selections. In each episode, creator and host Brian Blanchfield, who won the 2014 James Laughlin Award, is joined in conversation by a rotating cohost who reads a selection of poetry from his or her personal canon, along with poems from recently released poetry collections.

twitter

May 3 2016
“RT @missggalbraith: Excited for tomorrow - hosting our Poetry Slam Cafe. #ebdiv2 are BRINGING IT! #npm16 #ubcbed2016 #PoetrySlam #sd37 http…”
May 3 2016
“Excited for tomorrow - hosting our Poetry Slam Cafe. #ebdiv2 are BRINGING IT! #npm16 #ubcbed2016 #PoetrySlam #sd37 https://t.co/InGK0XjlQx”
May 3 2016
“RT @POETSorg: Congrats @witshouston! You're on our list of favorite events that took place during #npm16: https://t.co/DnlkfRQOYr”
May 3 2016
“RT @lidywilks: Days of Poetry Love 2- Anthology- Rudyard Kipling #tuesdayshares #poetry #npm16… https://t.co/zdK1e47vFE https://t.co/le4dH7…”
May 3 2016
“RT @POETSorg: Congrats @PDXArtMuseum! You're on our list of favorite events that took place during #npm16: https://t.co/DnlkfRQOYr”
May 3 2016
“RT @TsengIsland: Holy. World. This Li-Young Lee blurb for Ocean Vuong is divine. #NationalPoetryMonth #NPM16 https://t.co/schTE77MPZ”