National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

poetry month April 2018
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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 carry a poem in their pocket. 

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poetry & the Creative Mind

The 2018 annual gala was 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

Nov 16 2018 to Nov 18 2018

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Southern California Poetry Festival

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center celebrates fifty years of cultivating Los Angeles poetry with a free, three-day festival from November 16 through November 18, 2018.

The festival will kick off on Friday, November 16, with a special reception, reading, and discussion featuring Anne Waldman and Will Alexander. Events on Saturday, November 17 will include a retrospective focused on some of Beyond Baroque’s most notable alumni; readings curated by Red Hen Press, Kaya Press, and Jack Jones Literary Arts; a roundtable on poetic communities in Los Angeles; a poetry film festival; and a reading of new work commissioned for the festival by Kimiko Hahn, Morgan Parker, and Vanessa Angélica Villarreal. 
The festival will conclude on Sunday, November 18 with readings curated by PEN America, Rattle, Lambda Literary, and Gunpowder Press; and a reading from Best American Poetry 2018 featuring Ilya Kaminsky, Dana Gioia, and others. Kimiko Hahn, Janice Lee, Peter J. Harris, and Jeffrey Schultz will also teach free workshops.
For tickets and more details, including additional events, visit Presented in partnership with the Poetry Foundation. Additional sponsors include the Academy of American Poets and the Cal State LA Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics. 
To be considered for #PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week, we invite you to become a registered user of and use our online calendar Poetry Near You to promote local events in your community.
8:00pm to 6:00pm
Beyond Baroque
681 North Venice Boulevard
90291 Venice, California
Nov 14 2018 to Nov 15 2018

Academy Chancellor Marilyn Chin in New York City (November 14 & 15, 2018)

Join Academy Chancellor Marilyn Chin for readings, Q&As, and a craft talk in New York City on November 14 and 15, 2018.

On Wednesday, November 14, 6:30 p.m., at Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College, the Queens College MFA in Creative Writing and Translation will partner with Kundiman to present a reading by Chin. She will be reading from her latest collection, A Portrait of the Self as a Nation: New and Selected Poems (W. W. Norton, 2018), which will be followed by a Q&A session led by MFA alum Kiyomi Dong. A full reception will follow in the lobby of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College, as well as a book signing, with book sales courtesy of The Queens Bookshop. To find out more, visit:

And on Thursday, November 15, 7 p.m., the Poetry Society of America and Poets House will present a celebration of Chin's new collection. Chin will be reading from her work, presenting a brief craft talk, and taking part in a Q&A moderated by Poets House Program Director and poet Paolo Javier. A book signing and reception will follow. This event is co-presented by the Poetry Society of America, Poets House, W. W. Norton, and Kundiman, and is free and open to the public. To find out more, visit:

Spanning thirty years of dazzling work—from luminous early love lyrics to often-anthologized Asian American identity anthems, from political and subversive hybrid forms to feminist manifestos—A Portrait of the Self as Nation is a selection from one of America's most original and vital voices. 

Marilyn Chin was born in Hong Kong and raised in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of A Portrait of the Self As Nation: New and Selected Poems (W. W. Norton, 2018); Hard Love Province (W.W. Norton, 2014), which won the 2015 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award; Rhapsody in Plain Yellow (W. W. Norton, 2002); The Phoenix Gone, The Terrace Empty (Milkweed Editions, 1994); and Dwarf Bamboo (Greenfiled Review Press, 1987). In addition to writing poetry, she has translated poems by the modern Chinese poet Ai Qing and co-translated poems by the Japanese poet Gozo Yoshimasu. She is also the author of a novel, Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen (W. W. Norton, 2009).

She has won numerous awards for her poetry, including the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship at Harvard, the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship at Bellagio, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Stegner Fellowship, the PEN/Josephine Miles Award, five Pushcart Prizes, a Fulbright Fellowship to Taiwan, the SeaChange fellowship from the Gaea Foundation, the United Artist Foundation Fellowship, as well as residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Lannan Foundation, and the Djerassi Foundation.

Chin has taught at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and served as guest poet at universities in Singapore, Hong Kong, Manchester, Sydney, and Berlin. In 2018, she was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She is currently professor emerita at San Diego State University.

6:30pm to 8:00pm
Multiple venues 10038 New York, New York
Nov 14 2018

Poetry & Music: Fonema Consort

Fonema Consort delves into the expressive musical potential that lies in the convergence of painting and language in a program of works that take as their starting point the work of iconic Latin American artists and writers Clarice Lispector, Roberto Matta, and Chavela Vargas. This listening session explores the particular linguistic devices and manipulations used in two newly commissioned pieces by Fernanda Aoki Navarro and Pablo Santiago Chin, as well as a virtuosic tour de force by composer Richard Barrett. Navarro and Chin will draw connections between their approaches to language in composition and those used in various forms of poetry and prose, such as phonetic prominence in sound poetry.

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The Poetry Foundation
61 W Superior St
60654 Chicago, Illinois

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.