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.
Sep 22 2017
Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and longlisted for the National Book Award for Poetry. His work has appeared in two chapbooks and in publications such as Poetry, The New York Times Magazine, and The Best American Poetry. He has received fellowships from Kundiman, Lambda Literary, and the Saltonstall Foundation. He holds an MFA from Syracuse University and is currently pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University.
Each year, the YMCA's Downtown Writers Center hosts more than 20 authors for free readings. In their first 17 years, they've hosted over 400 authors, from first-time novelists to Pulitzer Prize winners and Poet Laureates. Past guests have included such literary luminaries as Charles Simic, Ted Kooser, Cornelius Eady, Sapphire, Steve Almond, Dorianne Laux, Carl Dennis, and many others.
Downtown Syracuse YMCA
340 Montgomery St.13202 Syracuse, New York
Sep 20 2017
Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.
Visiting Writers Series events at Otis College of Art and Design are free of charge. Seating is limited.
The Forum, Goldsmith Campus
9045 Lincoln Boulevard90045 Los Angeles, California
Sep 21 2017
All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by Poetry Foundation library coordinator Maggie Queeney. In September, we will explore the ode, a lyric poem of address, praise, and celebration of a person, place, thing, or idea. After reading a wide range of poems, participants will be guided through composing original odes. Materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring texts that relate to a current creative project.
Albany Park Library
3401 W. Foster Avenue60625-4808 Chicago, Illinois