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

Jul 23 2016

from these pages: restore and renew

Explore the theme of restoration and renewal along with local and national artists who will read aloud or perform their stories, poems and music.

Cash bar and farm-to-table nibbles available for purchase. Register in advance online or just show up at 8pm for the show (you might want to come early to grab a delicious farm-to-table dinner, too).

Call 703-470-1121 for more information. 

8:00pm to 10:00pm
616 Restaurant
616 North Main St
24540 Danville, Virginia
Jul 24 2016

Lay Bare the Canvas: An Anthology Reading

Lay Bare the Canvas presents a sumptuous array of ekphrastic poems, poetry inspired by and about art, by contemporary New England poets responding to masterworks in New England museums. Readings will include Henry Longfellow’s “Cross of Snow,” as well as works by noted authors from the anthology: Beatrice Lazarus (editor), Fred Marchant, Alice B. Fogel, Philip E. Burnham, Jr., Vivian Shipley, and Richard Hoffman.

Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site
105 Brattle Street
02138 Cambridge, Massachusetts
Jul 24 2016

Poetry reading with Dana Levin, Christopher J Johnson and Leah Umansky

Dana Levin, Christopher J. Johnson and out-of-towner, Leah Umansky will read at Teatro Paraguas at 5pm at July 24, 2016.

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teatro paraguas
3205 Calle Marie Suite B
87505 Santa Fe, New York

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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