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 will be held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 19.
Feb 22 2017
A reading to honor the late Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C.K. Williams, who published 22 books of poetry, including Falling Ill: Last Poems (FSG, 2016). Jonathan Galassi, Edward Hirsch, Paul Muldoon, James Richardson, Alan Shapiro, Chase Twichell, Susan Wheeler, and Adam Zagajewski will read and celebrate his work.
Sponsored by Poetry Society of America. Co-sponsored by Farrar, Straus and Giroux & The New School Creative Writing Program.
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Admission is free.
The Auditorium - Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12th Street10011 New York, New York
Feb 23 2017
Please join us on Thursday, February 23rd at 7pm for a reading with Mary Cappello, author of the new book “Life Breaks in: A Mood Almanack”. Joining her will be writers Elaine Sexton, Kristin Prevallet, and Dawn Raffel. A frequent contributor to the worlds of literary nonfiction and experimental prose, Mary Cappello is the author of five books of literary nonfiction, including Awkward: A Detour (a Los Angeles Times bestseller); Swallow, based on the Chevalier Jackson Foreign Body Collection in Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum; and, most recently, Life Breaks In: A Mood Almanack. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Salon.com, The Huffington Post, on NPR, in guest author blogs for Powells Books, and on six separate occasions as Notable Essay of the Year in Best American Essays. A Guggenheim and Berlin Prize Fellow, a recipient of The Bechtel Prize for Educating the Imagination, and the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize, Cappello is a former Fulbright Lecturer at the Gorky Literary Institute (Moscow), and currently Professor of English and creative writing at the University of Rhode Island. Visit her at her website: www.marycappello.com
Elaine Sexton's third collection of poetry, Prospect/Refuge, was published by Sheep Meadow Press in late 2015. Her poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in Art in America, American Poetry Review, Poetry, O! the Oprah Magazine, and elsewhere on line and in print, including Poetry Daily. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, and teaches text and image poetry workshops privately, and at various arts organizations and colleges including the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, and New York University. www.elainesexton.org
Dawn Raffel’s most recent book is an illustrated memoir, The Secret Life of Objects, which was a Wall Street Journal bestseller. She is also the author of a novel, Carrying the Body, and two story collections— Further Adventures in the Restless Universe and In the Year of Long Division. Her writing has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, BOMB, Conjunctions, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, The Quarterly, NOON, and numerous other periodicals and anthologies—most recently The Best Small Fictions 2015 (selected by Robert Olen Butler) and The Best Small Fictions 2016 (selected by Stuart Dybek). Her next book, a cultural history, is under contract at Blue Rider/Penguin.
Kristin Prevallet is a poet, essayist, and teacher with a private hypnosis practice in Westchester, NY. Recently, her poems and essays have appeared in The Boston Review, American Poetry Review, The New Republic, and featured in Rachel Zucker's Commonplace podcast. She is the author of five books of poetry including the fragmented memoir, I, Afterlife: Essay In Mourning Time; she is also the author of two non-fiction books about language and the unconscious mind: Trance Poetics: Your Writing Mind, and Visualize Comfort: Self-healing and the Unconscious Mind. She teaches for Bard College's Prison Initiative and leads private self-healing and trance writing retreats. Follow her blog: www.trancepoetics.com
Book Culture on Columbus
450 Columbus Ave10024 New York, New York
Feb 23 2017
“Violent Dances Fade · Choreae Violentae Dissolvvntvr” is Stefano Losi's poetry and multimedia art project created in Milan in 1991, and further developed in London and New York. It combines sculptures in bronze, steel, cast glass and LED lights, contemporary music and spoken word, and linen studies of the human figure in oils and oxidized metal minerals, with an epigrammatic Latin poetry.Journalist and writer Marco Mathieu captured its essence as: "Timeless. On the contrary, inside time. And beyond. Signficant. Blunt. Stirring, most of all."
53, Stanton Street.10002 New York, New York