National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

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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

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Jun 21 2018

Terrance Hayes and Mary Karr

Terrance Hayes is the author of Lighthead, winner of the 2010 National Book Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books are Wind In a Box, Hip Logic, and Muscular Music. His honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship. How To Be Drawn, his most recent collection of poems, was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award and received the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry.
 
Note: Several of these sonnets have been adapted by Hayes for a new song cycle that composer Tyshawn Sorey has written for the tenor Lawrence Brownlee. “Cycles of My Being,” which explores the realities of life as a black man in America, will have its world premiere at the Opera of Philadelphia on February 20th, and will also be performed at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on February 22 and at Carnegie Hall on April 24.
 
Mary Karr is a poet, essayist and memoirist. She rose to fame with the publication of her bestselling memoir The Liars' Club. She is the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of English Literature at Syracuse University. Her latest book is Tropic of Squalor: Poems, out in May from Harper.
 
7:00pm
Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway
10003 New York, New York
Jun 21 2018

Jason Koo and Catherine Blauvelt

Join us for a reading by Jason Koo from his new collection, More Than Mere Light (Prelude, 2018) with Catherine Blauvelt, author of Here High Note, High Note (Prelude, 2017). 

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7:00pm
McNally Jackson Williamsburg
76 North 4th Street
11249 Brooklyn, New York
Jun 22 2018

POETRY NIGHT hosted by STUDIO 483 NYC

STUDIO 483 NYC is a popUP! gallery in NYC, currently exhibiting art work surrounding the concept of isolation. The stark and stunning exhibition, entitled IN ISOLATION, will stage a night of readings by the following poets:
 
Diana Goetsch is the author of several poetry collections, most recently In America (2017, Rattle) and Nameless Boy (2015, Orchises Press). Appearing in The New Yorker, Poetry, The American Scholar, The L.A. Times, The Chicago Tribune, Best American Poetry & The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Diana is also the recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the New York Foundation for the Arts, & The New School, where she was the 2017 Grace Paley Teaching Fellow.
 
Joanna Fuhrman is the author of 5 books of poetry, most recently The Year of Yellow Butterflies (Hanging Loose Press 2015) and Pageant (Alice James Books 2009.) New poems are in current issues of LiveMag, La Vague + Barrow Street. She teaches creative writing at Rutgers University.
 
Jennifer Michael Hecht is a poet, historian, and commentator. Her latest poetry book is Who Said (Copper Canyon, 2013). Her poetry appears in The New Yorker, Poetry, and The American Poetry Review. Hecht is the author of Stay: A History of Suicide and the Arguments Against It (Yale, 2013) and Doubt: A History (HarperOne, 2003).
 
Madhuri Pavamani is a resident of the Rhode Island Writers Colony. She is the author of the middle reader series, The Survival Files, the paranormal romance trilogy, The Sanctum, and the urban fantasy trilogy, The Keeper Series.
 
7:00pm to 9:00pm
STUDIO 483 popUP GALLERY
27 Wooster St
10013 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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