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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Jan 20 2018

"Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence" at Clinton School

The event, in partnership with the Oxford American, is part of the Clinton School Speaker Series. Guests will include Brian Clements, the book's editor, the poet Tarfia Faizullah, Crystal C. Mercer, Leifel Jackson, Warwick Sabin, Jay Barth, Police Chief Kenton Buckner, and Austin Bailey of Moms Demand Action.
 
About the book
 
Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence (Beacon Press, 2017) brings together poems by dozens of our best-known poets, including Billy Collins, Patricia Smith, Natalie Diaz, Ocean Vuong, Danez Smith, Brenda Hillman, Natasha Threthewey, Robert Hass, Naomi Shihab Nye, Juan Felipe Herrera, Mark Doty, Rita Dove, and Yusef Komunyakaa. 
 
Each poem is followed by a response from a gun violence prevention activist, political figure, survivor, or concerned individual, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams; Senator Christopher Murphy; Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts; survivors of the Columbine, Sandy Hook, Charleston Emmanuel AME, and Virginia Tech shootings; and Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir, and Lucy McBath, mother of Jordan Davis.
 
The result is a stunning collection of poems and prose that speaks directly to the heart and a persuasive and moving testament to the urgent need for gun control.
 
 
3:00pm
Sturgis Hall, Clinton School of Public Service
1200 President Clinton Ave
University of Arkansas
72201 Little Rock, Arkansas
Jan 20 2018

Garret Hongo & Jeffrey Schultz

Garrett Hongo's collections of poetry include Yellow Light (1982), The River of Heaven (1988), which received the Lamont Poetry Prize and was nominated for a Pulitzer, Coral Road: Poems (2011), and The Mirror Diary (2017). Jeffrey Schultz, author of two National Poetry Series selections, will read from his newly released collection, Civil Twilight.

Regular admission. Members FREE.

Admission fee: $10.00
4:00pm
Beyond Baroque
681 N Venice Blvd
90291 Venice, California
Jan 20 2018

Writers Rising: #LouderTogether

On January 20, one year after our inaugural Writers Resist event, PEN America will be joining dozens of artists, arts organizations, and advocacy groups staging public events on Art Action Day. We’ll be hosting a sundown reading on the steps of the New York Public Library featuring literary texts that radically reimagine community and mutual aid in the face of xenophobia, hatred, and threats to our sense of truth. Our exciting and growing lineup so far includes André Aciman, Tina Chang, Álvaro Enrigue, George Emilio Sanchez, Anne Waldman, and others reading from the work of Gloria Anzaldúa, James Baldwin, Joy Harjo, and many more. Join us as we assemble to energize our community action and coalition building for the year ahead.

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5:30pm
The New York Public Library
476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St and Fifth Ave)
10018 New York, New York

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

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