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 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
Join thousands of individuals across the U.S. who will carry a poem in their pocket on April 27.
Poetry & the Creative Mind
This year's annual gala was held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 19.
Apr 29 2017
Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country! This year, 19 indie bookstores in Seattle are celebrating with prizes, exclusive merchandise, giveaways, and the ambitious Bookstore Day Challenge. For more details on the day — including how to get 25% off for a year at Open Books! — visit the Seattle Bookstore Day Facebook Page.
1:00pm to 10:00pm
Open Books: A Poem Emporium
2414 N. 45th St.98103 Seattle, Washington
Apr 29 2017
Flintridge Bookstore celebrates Independent Bookstore Day with poetry for all ages!
Schedule of events:
10:00 to 11:30 AM: Visit Cedar the reading therapy dog, and read him a poem from our children's selections
12:00 to 4:00 PM: RENT POET offers poetry-on-the-spot for your pet. Bring a photo (or not), and RENT POET Brian Sonia-Wallace will write a poem using his manual typewriter. Brian will also bring his own dog, a Shiba Inu, and his book, I Sold These Poems Now I Want Them Back. The session will end with a book signing
1:30 to 3:00 PM: 2nd grade students from Paradise Canyon Elementary School recite their original poetry and display their inspired Lego creations
3:00 to 5:00 PM: Poetry open mic for adults. Come early to sign up
1:00pm to 8:00pm
Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
1010 Foothill Blvd.91214 La Canada Flintridge, California
Apr 29 2017
Instructor: Liz Whiteacre
Curious about writing poems? Written something that might be a poem? Stuck in a rut writing the same poem over and over? Eager to write when you’re not heartbroken? In this three-hour class for beginning poets, we will explore basic strategies you can use to create and shape poems. In-class exercises will help you invent poems, break lines, add layers of meaning, and more. When you leave Beginning Poets Boot Camp, you will have the tools and exercises you need to continue to write poems.
or call the office at 317-255-0710
Admission fee: $48.00
Indiana Writers Center
812 E. 67th St.46220 Indianapolis, Indiana