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

Mar 21 2018

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Writers Speak Wednesdays with Jericho Brown

Stony Brook Southampton MFA in Creative Writing & Literature presents Writers Speak Wednesdays with poet Jericho Brown on March 21, 2019, 7 p.m., in the Radio Lounge on the second floor of Chancellors Hall at Stony Brook Southampton.

Brown is the author of two books of poetry. The New Testament (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), which received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, was described by Yusef Komunyakaa as a chronicle of “life and death, personal rituals and blasphemies, race and nation, the good and the bad” that illuminates “scenarios of self-interrogation and near redemption.” His first collection of poetry, Please (New Issues, 2008), won the 2009 American Book Award. The collection has received tremendous praise since its release; Ilya Kaminsky notes: “His lyrics are memorable, muscular, majestic. His voice in these lines is alive—something that is quite rare in his generation of very bookish and very ironic poetics. Brown’s poems are living on the page, and they give the reader that much: a sense of having been alive fully, if only for a duration of 75 pages of this volume. Indeed, Jericho Brown’s first book is one of those rare things: a debut of a master poet.”

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To be considered for #PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week, we invite you to become a registered user of and use our online calendar Poetry Near You to promote local events in your community.

Chancellors Hall at Stony Brook Southampton
39 Tuckahoe Road
11968 Southampton, New York
Mar 17 2018

2018 Women of the World Poetry Slam

The Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWps) is a four day poetry festival celebrating women's voices, in which 96 of the best female-identified poets in slam will compete against each other in order to crown the Women of the World Poetry Slam champion. In this event, poets compete in preliminary competitions (referred to as “bouts”) over two nights. The poets with the top 14 scores from those days move on to Finals, where one poet is crowned the champion!

In addition to the competition, each day of the festival features poetry workshops, themed open mics, special nighttime events, and parties. Taking place March 15th - 17th in multiple venues in Dallas, the top poets will go on to finals at Majestic Theater to compete for the title of The 2018 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion! Competition at WOWps is limited to poets who live their lives as women, which includes female assigned or identified individuals (including gender non-conforming or non-binary individuals) who are 18+ years of age.  All competing poets must be individual members of Poetry Slam, Inc. 

Admission fee: $32.50
Majestic Theatre
1925 Elm Street
75201 Dallas, Texas
Mar 19 2018

Saint Vincent College Visiting Writers Series: Paula Bohince

Paula Bohince is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Swallows and Waves (Sarabande, 2016). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Granta, and elsewhere. Honors for her work include the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, and the “Discovery”/The Nation Award. She lives in Pennsylvania.

Since its inception in 2008, the Saint Vincent College Visiting Writers Series has brought writers of merit to our campus in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. In addition to poets hailing from across the country, the series targets international writers in translation as well as writers from Western Pennsylvania.

Free and open to the public.

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Saint Vincent College
300 Fraser Purchase Road
Luparello Lecture Hall
15650-2690 Latrobe, Pennsylvania

recent news and updates

Apr 28 2017
For National Poetry Month, Academy Chancellor Alberto Ríos is collaborating with Arizona State University (ASU) Now photographers Charlie Leight and Deanna Dent to create “visual sonnets." The project, whose name takes inspiration from the number of lines found in a sonnet, features fourteen photographs and poems.
Apr 19 2017
June Jordan
The Center for Black Literature, the Center for Law and Social Justice, and the Brooklyn Public Library are celebrating National Poetry Month with the program “June Jordan: Reflections on Her Life and Activism.” A poet, playwright, and essayist, June Jordan was the author of numerous poetry c


Mar 17 2018
“RT @tspoetry: 30 Days, 30 Poems Challenge. See you there, with poem bells on! :) • #npm #nationalpoetrymonth #write…”
Mar 17 2018
“RT @tspoetry: 30 Days, 30 Poems Challenge. See you there, with poem bells on! :) • #npm #nationalpoetrymonth #write…”
Mar 17 2018
“30 Days, 30 Poems Challenge. See you there, with poem bells on! :) • #npm…”
Mar 17 2018
“RT @theVogelman: New #poemaday post this morning from @writeguyjeff showing how a poem by Barbara Ras can give our students new eyes. Try…”
Mar 17 2018
“RT @Gilder_Lehrman: "Only a private killed": a soldier mourns his fallen friend in a touching Civil War poem- #Nati…”
Mar 17 2018
“RT @90secondnewbery: Our students need to see that poetry is a living, breathing thing, that they can create like real live poets creating…”