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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sponsors & partners 


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 12 2016

Library Book Club: Juan Felipe Herrera

All experience levels are welcome to a monthly book group moderated by library staff. In February, the book club discusses Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems by Juan Felipe Herrera. Space is limited to 15 participants. Please reserve your spot by emailing

12:30pm to 1:30pm
Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
60654 Chicago, Illinois
Feb 19 2016

Howard County Poetry and Literature Society's 38th Irish Evening of Music and Poetry

Poet Guest Eamon Grennan will read from his work , followed by Narrowbacks Eileen Korn Estes, Jesse Winch, Terence Winch, Llinda Hickman, and Brendan Mulvihill on fiddle in a concert of traditional Irish music with stepdancers from the Culkin School and Irish coffee and beer for sale in the lobby.

Admission fee: $35.00
Smith Theatre in the Horowitz Center for Visual and Performing Arts at Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
21044 Columbia, Maryland
Feb 23 2016

Poetry Reading Hosted by Scott Hightower

Hosted by Scott Hightower, poet, reviewer, translator, and faculty at NYU Gallatin.

Readers include:
* B.K. Fischer, author of St. Rage's Vault (Word Works, 2013)
* Patricia Spears Jones - author of A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems (White Pine Press, 2015)
* Terese Svoboda, author of When the Next Big War Blows Down the Valley: Selected and New Poems (Anhinga Press, 2015).
* Jonathan Wells, author of The Man with Many Pens (Four Way Books, 2016)

NYU Bookstore
726 Broadway
10003 New York, New York

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.


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