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 Day, recommending the Dear Poet project to a young person, signing 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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A multimedia educational project that invites young people to write letters in response to poems shared by our Chancellors.
Poem in Your Pocket Day
Thousands of individuals across the U.S. carried a poem in their pocket on April 21, 2016.
Poetry & the Creative Mind
Our annual gala was held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 27, 2016.
Jul 23 2016
Explore the theme of restoration and renewal along with local and national artists who will read aloud or perform their stories, poems and music.
Cash bar and farm-to-table nibbles available for purchase. Register in advance online or just show up at 8pm for the show (you might want to come early to grab a delicious farm-to-table dinner, too).
Call 703-470-1121 for more information.
8:00pm to 10:00pm
616 North Main St24540 Danville, Virginia
Jul 24 2016
Lay Bare the Canvas presents a sumptuous array of ekphrastic poems, poetry inspired by and about art, by contemporary New England poets responding to masterworks in New England museums. Readings will include Henry Longfellow’s “Cross of Snow,” as well as works by noted authors from the anthology: Beatrice Lazarus (editor), Fred Marchant, Alice B. Fogel, Philip E. Burnham, Jr., Vivian Shipley, and Richard Hoffman.
Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site
105 Brattle Street02138 Cambridge, Massachusetts
Jul 24 2016
Dana Levin, Christopher J. Johnson and out-of-towner, Leah Umansky will read at Teatro Paraguas at 5pm at July 24, 2016.
3205 Calle Marie Suite B87505 Santa Fe, New York