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 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

Nov 17 2018

Maxe Crandall & Trish Salah

Maxe Crandall is the author of the chapbooks Emoji for Cher Heart (Belladonna*, 2014) & Together Men Make Paradigms (Yo-Yo Labs, 2014). He has received fellowships from Poets House, the Poetry Project, & Lambda Literary. His novel about AIDS archives, The Nancy Reagan Collection, is forthcoming from Future- poem.

Trish Salah is a poet & associate professor of Gender Studies at Queen’s University, Kingston. She is the author of the Lambda award winning Wanting in Arabic (TSAR, 2002) & of Lyric Sexology, Vol. 1 (Roof, 2014). She is co-editor of special issues of the Canadian Review of American Studies & TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly.

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Admission fee: $5.00
Zinc Bar
82 West 3rd Street
10012 New York, New York
Nov 18 2018

Cerddorion: And Love Waits

We open our 24th season with a celebration of American poetry set to music by American composers. The title work was commissioned by Cerddorion from New York composer Susan Kander and features the poetry of William Carlos Williams. In addition to this world premiere, we will offer the first-ever performances of compositions by Robert Applebaum, as well as music by  Elliot Carter, Aaron Copland, Elliot Z. Levine, William Schuman, and Eric Whitacre.  Other poets on the program include e.e. cummings, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Marianne Moore, Genevieve Taggard, and Walt Whitman. Join us for words and music that stir the soul and delight the ear!

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Admission fee: $20.00
Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopalian Church
552 West End Avenue
10024 New York, New York
Nov 19 2018

Cafe Muse Reading Series: Anne Becker and Myra Sklarew

Anne Becker will read from their work, and an open mic will follow. The evening starts with classical guitar by Michael C. Davis and includes refreshments. The Writer's Center is within a 10-minute walk from the Bethesda Metro Rail station on the Red Line.

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7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Writer's Center Bethesda
4508 Walsh St
20815 Bethesda , Maryland

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.