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 marks 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.

Please join 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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National Poetry Month Sponsors



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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. will carry 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 will be 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

Feb 06 2016

Howard County Poetry and Literature Society's Beyond the Blues

Baltimore Poet Steven Leyva will read from his work, centered around the his tuneful hometown of New Orleans, accompanied by drummer Josh Soto on congas and drum set. Coffee and snacks will be served before and during the performance with a question and answer session to follow. General Admission is $15, students and seniors are $10.

Admission fee: $15.00
Kittleman Room of Duncan Hall at Howard County Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
21044 Columbia, Maryland
Feb 09 2016

One Page Poetry Circle

The One Page Poetry Circle will meet on Tuesday, February 9th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the St. Agnes Branch Library, 444 Amsterdam Avenue (near 81st Street; #1 train at 79th and Broadway), 3rd floor. Come and bring a single page of poetry by a known poet with the theme of Poetry from Afar—with copies for others, if you can. Email:

St. Agnes Branch Library
444 Amsterdam Avenue at 81st Street
10024 New York, New York
Feb 09 2016 to Feb 10 2016

Juan Felipe Herrera Residency

Tuesday, February 9Wednesday, February 10
US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will share his La Casa de Colores project and conduct workshops with elementary, middle, and high school groups at the Poetry Foundation. Herrera’s books include CrashBoomLove: A Novel in Verse (1999), Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems (2008), Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes (2014), and Notes on the Assemblage (2015). Space is limited. For further information, please email
Cosponsored with the Library of Congress

Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
60654 Chicago, Illinois

recent news and updates

Jan 26 2016
We are excited to announce the activities and initiatives for this coming April’s 20th anniversary celebration of poets and poetry. Follow the thousands of National Poetry Month Celebrations taking place using #npm16. We also invite schools, libraries, publishers, booksellers, reading coordinators, and poets to tweet their events to the Academy of American Poets at @POETSorg. We encourage the use of the National Poetry Month logo, which can be downloaded from
Jan 18 2016
Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people throughout the United States celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day as schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and other venues ring loud with open readings of poems from pockets. Join us this year on April 21st. Poem in Your Pocket Day was originally initiated in 2002 by the Office of the Mayor, in partnership with the New York City Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education, as part of the city’s National Poetry Month celebration. In 2008, the Academy of American Poets took the initiative national, encouraging individuals around the country to join in and channel their inner bard. Learn more about Poem in Your Pocket Day here.


Feb 5 2016
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Feb 4 2016
“RT @CanadianPoets: If you're planning an event for #NPM16 and keeping our theme of "The Road" in mind, check out our funding options! https…”
Feb 4 2016
“If you're planning an event for #NPM16 and keeping our theme of "The Road" in mind, check out our funding options!”
Feb 3 2016
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