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 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

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Oct 18 2018 to Oct 21 2018

17th Biennial Dodge Poetry Festival

For the fifth time, the largest poetry event in North America, the 17th Biennial Dodge Poetry Festival, will return to Newark, New Jersey. For four days, Newark’s vibrant downtown Arts District will host the Festival, featuring some of our most celebrated, diverse and vibrant poets and spoken word artists.

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, Pulitzer Prize-winners Sharon Olds and Gregory Pardlo, as well as much-published and award-winning poets Sandra Cisneros, Sapphire, Eileen Myles, Ntozake Shange, Henri Cole, Gregory Orr, Mary Ruefle, and David Young, will be giving Featured Readings during the Festival and are among the dozens of acclaimed poets who will participate in the four-day event, which takes place at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and other venues in Newark’s Downtown Arts District from Thursday, October 18 through Sunday, October 21, 2018.  

And from October 18 through 20, 2018, the Academy of American Poets will present the award-winning and esteemed poets who serve as Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets at the Dodge Poetry Festival. Join Elizabeth Alexander, Ellen Bass, Marilyn Chin, Kwame Dawes, Forrest Gander, Linda Gregerson, Marie Howe, Brenda Hillman, Khaled Mattawa, Marilyn Nelson, Alicia Ostriker, Alberto Ríos, and David St. John for readings and conversations on How to Read a Poem, Poetry and Democracy, Eco Poetry, American Poetries, Poetry and Storytelling, and the Poetic Line.

For passes and more information, visit DodgePoetry.org. Members of the Academy of American Poets receive a 10% discount.

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Admission fee: $70.00
9:30am to 4:00pm
New Jersey Performing Arts Center & Newark Downtown Arts District
1 Center Street
07102 Newark, New Jersey
Oct 15 2018

Electronic Bards: Artificial Intelligence and Literature

Using Electricity is a series of computer generated books by Counterpath, meant to reward reading in conventional and unconventional ways. The series title takes a line from the computer generated poem A House of Dust, developed by Alison Knowles with James Tenney in 1967. This early work, a FORTRAN computer program and a signifcant early generator of poetic text, combines diferent lines to produce descriptions of houses. The series is edited by Nick Montfort.
 
Join the authors in conversation with series editor Nick Montfort, and Dan Rockmore, computer scientist and director of the Neukom Institute for Computational Science.
 
 
7:00pm
McNally Jackson Williamsburg
76 North 4th Street
11249 Brooklyn, New York
Oct 16 2018

Vocarium Reading Series: Forrest Gander & Brenda Hillman

Award-winning poets and close friends Forrest Gander (author of Be With, New Directions, 2018) and Brenda Hillman (author of Extra Hidden Life Among the Days, Wesleyan, 2018) will read from their new collections. A book-signing — provided by Harvard Book Store — will follow the event.

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6:00pm
Edison and Newman Room, Houghton Library
Harvard Yard
02138 Cambridge, Massachusetts

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.