National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

poetry month April 2018
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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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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 will carry a poem in their pocket on April 26, 2018. 

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poetry & the Creative Mind

The 2018 annual gala will be 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

Jul 16 2018

Reading with Joseph Legaspi, 신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin, & May Lee-Yang

Join us for a poetry reading with Joseph Legaspi, 신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin, and May Lee-Yang. 
Joseph O. Legaspi is the author of the poetry collections Threshold and Imago, both from CavanKerry Press; and three chapbooks: Postcards (Ghost Bird Press), Aviary, Bestiary (Organic Weapon Arts), winner of The Blair Prize, and Subways (Thrush Press). His works have appeared in POETRY, New England Review, Harvard Review, Best of the Net, World Literature Today, Water~Stone Review, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a- Day, and the anthologies Language for a New Century (W.W. Norton), Everyman Pocket Poets Anthology (Alfred A. Knopf), among others. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, and a Global Filipino Literary Award. He cofounded and currently serves on the board of Kundiman (, a nonprofit organization serving generations of Asian American writers and readers.
신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin is the author of poetry/essay collections Unbearable Splendor (Minnesota Book Award); Rough, and Savage; and Skirt Full of Black (Asian American Literary Award), editor of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, co-editor of Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption, and author of bilingual illustrated book for children Cooper’s Lesson. With poet Su Hwang she co-founded and co-directs Poetry Asylum, an arts organization dedicated to creating spaces for marginalized voices and poetries.
May Lee-Yang is a writer, performance artist, and teaching artist. She is the author of the children’s book The Imaginary Day and has been published in Nimrod Journal, Water~Stone Literary Review, Bamboo Among the Oaks: Contemporary Writing By Hmong Americans, and others. Her theater-based works include Confessions of a Lazy Hmong Woman, Hmong-Lao Friendship Play, and the upcoming The Korean Drama Addict’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity. She is a former participant of VONA (Voices of Our Nation) and the Kundiman Retreat. She is a recipient of the 2016 Ordway Sally Award for Arts Access. Through a grant from the Loft’s Spoken Word Immersion program, she is currently working on The Dead Hmong Women Project, which uses poetry to examine domestic violence.
Moon Palace Books
3032 Minnehaha Ave
55406 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jul 16 2018

New Poetry Book Club

The New Poetry book club dives deep into the latest and best poetry, from a wide variety of voices. Teacher and poet Arminé Iknadossian curates our reading choices and leads the discussion. For July: Hieu Minh Nguyen's Not Here is the experience of a queer Vietnamese-American, addressing shame, sexuality, and colonialism. Publisher's Weekly calls it "brilliant"; Alexander Chee calls it "essential". HOW IT WORKS: All book clubs require a ticket, and include the book, snacks/bevs, and a dedicated moderator - to keep the discussion on track! All clubs meet at The Last Bookstore. You can get your ticket (we'll ship the book to you!) online or just come in to the store and look for our book club display (near the book tunnel).

Admission fee: $29.00
The Last Bookstore
453 South Spring Street
90013 Los Angeles, California
Jul 17 2018

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Glitch: An Evening of Poetry & Catalogue Launch for ONE HAND CLAPPING

To celebrate the publication of the One Hand Clapping exhibition catalogue, the Guggenheim will present on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, an evening of readings by a roster of international poets including Tan Lin, Feliz Lucia Molina, Sawako Nakayasu, Lynn Xu, and catalogue contributor Nicholas Wong. Each poet will present new works addressing themes explored in the exhibition and accompanying catalogue, following a short conversation with catalogue designer Chris Wu and editor Andrew Maerkle. This event is guest curated by visual artist and poet Jen Bervin in collaboration with exhibition curator Xiaoyu Weng.

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Jen Bervin’s poetic, multidisciplinary, conceptually driven work results from intensive research and collaboration with artists and specialists ranging from material scientists to literary scholars. Bervin’s work has been exhibited internationally and receives support from the Asian Cultural Council, Creative Capital, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Silk Poems (2017) is her tenth book.
Sawako Nakayasu is an artist working with language, performance, and translation—separately and in various combinations. Her books and translations include The Ants (2014), Texture Notes (2010), and Mouth: Eats Color—Sagawa Chika Translations, Anti-translations, & Originals (a 2011 multilingual work of both original and translated poetry). She teaches at Brown University.
Nicholas Wong is the author of Crevasse (2015), the winner of Lambda Literary Award in Gay Poetry. Also a recent recipient of Australian Book Review’s Peter Porter Poetry Prize, he teaches at the Education University of Hong Kong.
Feliz Lucia Molina is the author of Undercastle (2013), a coauthor of The Wes Letters (2014), Roulette (forthcoming), and chapbook Crystal Marys 2016). Her writing has been published by Open Space, Fence, PEN America, Night Papers, and others. She can be found at
Lynn Xu was born in Shanghai. She is the author of Debts & Lessons (2013), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and June (2006), a chapbook. With her family, she divides her time between Marfa, Texas, and Chicago, where she teaches at the University of Chicago.
Tan Lin is a writer, artist, and critic who has authored over 13 books. Most recently, his works were the subject of a solo exhibition at Treize, Paris. His video work has been shown at numerous venues, including the Yale University Art Gallery, MoMA PS1, and Artists Space. He teaches creative writing at New Jersey City University.

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Admission fee: $15.00
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Ave
10128 New York, 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.


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