National Poetry Month

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

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about the celebration

about the celebration

This April marked 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!

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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

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

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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.

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Poetry and the Creative Mind


upcoming events

Sep 25 2016

Poet Kathleen Ossip Kicks off KPS 2016/2017 Season

Award-winning Poet Kathleen Ossip Launches KPS 50th Anniversary SeasonThe Katonah Poetry Series launches its Fiftieth Anniversary Season with a reading by Kathleen Ossip, author of three highly acclaimed volumes of poetry, a chapbook inspired by cinema, and a verse play. Her most recent collection, The Do-Over (Sarabande, 2015), was a New York Times Editors' Choice. In these poems, she grieves both personal and cultural losses, yet she also embraces these losses as a step toward renewal. Recently honored with a 2016-2017 Radcliffe Fellowship, Ossip’s other accolades include the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize for her debut collection (The Search Engine) and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. Kathleen Ossip holds an MFA in creative writing/poetry from The New School, where she currently serves on the faculty. She also frequently leads workshops at the Hudson Valley Writers' Center in Sleepy Hollow. The reading will be followed by audience Q & A, as well as a reception and book signing. The KPS 2016/2017 Season will continue with Paul Muldoon on November 20th.

Admission: $10 donation; students free with ID. Doors open at 3:30 for seating. For further information please visit Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter! The Katonah Village Library is located at 26 Bedford Road, within easy walking distance of the Katonah Metro-North train station, one hour ride from NYC. 

Admission fee: $10.00
Katonah Village Library
26 Bedford Rd
10536 Katonah, New York
Sep 28 2016

Juan Felipe Herrera

Join us in the RCAH Theatre for an evening of poetry reading from Juan Felipe Herrera. 

Michigan State University
362 Bogue Street
Snyder Hall
48825 East Lansing, Michigan
Oct 03 2016

Poetry Reading with Ross Gay

CGU's Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards program joins with Fourth Sundays: Poetry at the Claremont Library, to present a poetry reading by Ross Gay, winner of the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. This event is free & open to the public. Books will be for sale, and light refreshments will be provided.
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Claremont Public Library
208 N. Harvard St.
91711 Claremont, California

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, together, 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.


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