National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

poetry month April 2019
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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

Feb 21 2019

Epic Voices: The Controlling Image: Digges & Levis with Dorianne Laux

Acclaimed for her own hybrid lyric-narrative long poems that explore wide-ranging experience, from working-class America to sex and love, poet Dorianne Laux discusses two long, discursive poems—by Deborah Digges and Larry Levis—examining how the personal “I” is used to disclose much and yet retain a sense of mystery.
Admission: $10 regular admisison, $7 students and seniors, free for members.
Poets House is an ADA accessible building.
Admission fee: $10.00
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 New York, New York
Feb 22 2019

New Works: Brionne Janae, Nabila Lovelace and Justin Phillip Reed

Join us for an evening of poetry showcasing new collections by three remarkable poets. Brionne Janae's debut collection, After Jubilee (Boaat Press, 2017), is described by Cave Canem faculty Amber Flora Thomas as "an excellent read, if for no other reason than the range and lyricism of Janae’s voice." Nabila Lovelace is the author of Sons of Achilles (YesYesBooks, 2018), of which Hanif Abdurraqib says, "There’s a real beauty to the way that she puts together words.” Winner of the 2018 National Book Award for Poetry, Justin Phillip Reed is the author of Indecency (Coffee House Press, 2018), praised by Dawn Lundy Martin as "the new duende. It is like no other book I’ve read; Reed is an extraordinary talent.” Free and open to the public. Refreshments served. This event is co-sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program.

Brionne Janae is a poet and teaching artist living in Brooklyn whose debut collection, After Jubilee (Boaat Press, 2017),was published by Boaat Press, 2017. She is the recipient of the 2016 St. Botoloph Emerging Artist award, a Hedgebrook and Vermont Studio Center Alumni and proud Cave Canem Fellow. Her poetry and prose have been published by the Academy of American Poets, American Poetry Review, the Sun Magazine, Los Angelas Review RattleBitch Magazine, The Cincinnati Review, jubilatSixth Finch, Plume, Bayou Magazine, The Nashville Review, Waxwing and Redivider, among others.

Nabila Lovelace is a first-generation Queens native, her people hail from Trinidad & Nigeria. Her debut book of poems, Sons of Achilles (YesYesBooks, 2018), is out now through YesYes Books. You can currently find her kicking it in Tuscaloosa.

Justin Phillip Reed is an American poet and essayist, and the author of Indecency (Coffee House Press, 2018), winner of the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry. His work appears in African American Review, Best American Essays, Callaloo, The Kenyon Review, The New York Times Magazine, Obsidian, and elsewhere. He earned his BA in creative writing at Tusculum College and his MFA in poetry at Washington University in St. Louis. Justin has received fellowships from Cave Canem Foundation, the Conversation Literary Festival, and the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. Born and raised in South Carolina, he lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Photo Credit: Nicholas A. C. Nichols

NYU Lillian Vernon House
58 W 10th Street
10003 New York, New York
Feb 23 2019

Book Launch: Edward Hirsch presents "A Passing Bell" by Paul Kane

Edward Hirsch, award-winning poet and President of the Guggenheim Foundation, launches Paul Kane's A Passing Bell: Ghazals for Tina. 

This collection by Paul Kane about the untimely passing of his wife performs the work of mourning by giving a shape to grief. Utilizing the poetic form of the classic Persian ghazal, A Passing Bell takes its place alongside other modern works on death and consolation, such as Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking and C.S. Lewis’s A Grief Observed.  We are taken through the deep process of grieving, in all its ebb and flow of emotion, its agonizing sorrow and sense of despair, to further stages of acceptance and self-recovery.

Paul Kane is a poet and critic who has published six collections of poems and a dozen other books. He has received a Fulbright award, Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships and grants from the Mellon Foundation. He is the editor of Poetry of the American Renaissance and the general editor of The Braziller Series of Australian Poets, and is currently Professor of English and Environmental Studies at Vassar College. 

Praise for A Passing Bell:
"a rare and soaring masterpiece” —Alex Miller
“so deep and fine it could and should last forever” —Barry Hill
“his masterwork” —David McCooey

The book launch will feature a reading by Paul Kane, as well as refreshments and copies of the collection for purchase. Please join us by RSVPing to the email listed. 


4:00pm to 6:00pm
Poet's House
10 River Terrace
10282 New York, New York

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.