National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

poetry month April 2017
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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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sponsors & partners 


National Poetry Month Sponsor Logos



get involved

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 27. 

find a poem

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poetry & the Creative Mind

This year's annual gala was held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 19.

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Poetry and the Creative Mind


upcoming events

Apr 29 2017

Seattle Bookstore Day at Open Books

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country! This year, 19 indie bookstores in Seattle are celebrating with prizes, exclusive merchandise, giveaways, and the ambitious Bookstore Day Challenge. For more details on the day — including how to get 25% off for a year at Open Books! — visit the Seattle Bookstore Day Facebook Page.

Extended hours

We’re opening early and staying open late; come and see us anytime, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Poem-inspired edible treats throughout the day


Because April is National Poetry Month, we’ll also have the following ongoing offers and specials available:

15% Discount for Students and Educators

For the entire month of April we are pleased to offer a special 15% discount on new books to all students and educators.

Mount Analogue Erasure Display

For the past few months, Mount Analogue has been working with poets Joseph Massey, Catherine Bresner, Jenni B. Baker, Andy McAlpine, and Caroline Crew on a new Erasure Series. Mount Analogue is a new kind of press, focused on words and images, collaboration and community, and intellectual courage.

Visit here for the Indie Bookstore Day FAQ

1:00pm to 10:00pm
Open Books: A Poem Emporium
2414 N. 45th St.
98103 Seattle, Washington
Apr 29 2017

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with Poetry

Flintridge Bookstore celebrates Independent Bookstore Day with poetry for all ages!

Schedule of events:

10:00 to 11:30 AM: Visit Cedar the reading therapy dog, and read him a poem from our children's selections

12:00 to 4:00 PM: RENT POET offers poetry-on-the-spot for your pet. Bring a photo (or not), and RENT POET Brian Sonia-Wallace will write a poem using his manual typewriter. Brian will also bring his own dog, a Shiba Inu, and his book, I Sold These Poems Now I Want Them Back. The session will end with a book signing

1:30 to 3:00 PM: 2nd grade students from Paradise Canyon Elementary School recite their original poetry and display their inspired Lego creations

3:00 to 5:00 PM: Poetry open mic for adults. Come early to sign up



1:00pm to 8:00pm
Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
1010 Foothill Blvd.
91214 La Canada Flintridge, California
Apr 29 2017

Beginning Poets Boot Camp

Instructor: Liz Whiteacre
Date: Saturday, April 29
Time:  1-4 p.m.
Location: IWC
Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

Curious about writing poems? Written something that might be a poem? Stuck in a rut writing the same poem over and over? Eager to write when you’re not heartbroken? In this three-hour class for beginning poets, we will explore basic strategies you can use to create and shape poems. In-class exercises will help you invent poems, break lines, add layers of meaning, and more. When you leave Beginning Poets Boot Camp, you will have the tools and exercises you need to continue to write poems.

Register here

or call the office at 317-255-0710

Admission fee: $48.00
Indiana Writers Center
812 E. 67th St.
46220 Indianapolis, Indiana

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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