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

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Jun 29 2016

Book Launch for Blue Hallelujahs

Join Cynthia Manick in the launch of her debut book of poetry Blue Hallelujahs (Black Larence Press). Special guests include Amber Atiya, Linda Susan Jackson, Tyehimba Jess, Leigh Stein, and Ed Toney.  

Advanced Praise for Blue Hallelujahs - "What we remember is what we become. Rocking chairs holding mothers and "animals that root the ground for peaches, bones and stars." In Blue Hallelujahs Cynthia Manick holds fast to what brought us across. These are not the things you will hear about Black people on the nightly news. But they remain the things that lock the arms of Black people around Black people when we need what we need to keep moving on. I am so grateful to this sweet box of sacred words."
—Nikky Finney, Author of Head Off & Split, Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry

6:30pm to 9:00pm
A.R.T./NEWYORK
138 S. Oxford St
11217 Brooklyn, New York
Jun 30 2016

Longfellow: How a Poet Became a Millionaire

From the time he relinquished the Smith Professorship of Modern Languages at Harvard in 1854 until his death in 1882, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a professional poet, a feat which no one in the United States had previously pulled off. He and the family not only survived, but thrived. Literary Historian Rob Velella joins us to tell the story of how Longfellow's popularity and business acumen made him a millionaire.

Please call (617)876-4491 or email reservationsat105@gmail.com to sign up!

6:30pm
Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site
105 Brattle St
02138 Cambridge , Massachusetts
Jul 08 2016

Dave Day

Dave, born into slavery, lived for the first three-quarters of the 19th century in the Edgefield District of South Carolina. Thirsty for knowledge, he dared to challenge anti-slave-literacy laws by learning to read and write. He left an indelible record of his life and times in a series of original poems inscribed on his pots. This is the moment to celebrate him, for David Drake, as he was known after Freedom came, has just been inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame!

The celebration begins in Aiken at 6:00 pm on Friday, July 8 at the Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. SW. At the opening reception, experts on Southern Folk Pottery will exhibit examples from their collections and discuss them with attendees. Author Lucinda Clark will offer a program of local children reading poems inspired by Dave’s writings. Filmmaker George Wingard will present the prize-winning documentary film “Discovering Dave.” Refreshments will be served.

On Saturday, July 9, the celebration moves to Edgefield’s historic Courthouse Square. Festivities will begin at 11:00 am with live bluegrass music. Area artisans, including award-winning woodcarver Ike Carpenter, will demonstrate their skills. Master potter Justin Guy will recount the story of Edgefield Pottery in his newly opened studio, The Phoenix Factory. A blacksmith, painters, and other artists will exhibit their work.

6:00pm
Aiken County Historical Musuem
433 Newberry St. SW
29801 Aiken, South Carolina

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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