National Poetry Month

U.S. Poet Laureate and Academy of American Poets Chancellor Juan Felipe Herrera

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about the celebration

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 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

Thousands of individuals across the U.S. carried a poem in their pocket on April 21, 2016. 
 

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poetry & the Creative Mind

Our annual gala was held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 27, 2016.
 

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Poetry and the Creative Mind

 

upcoming events

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Sep 09 2016

Robert Frost Night at the Poetry Café

In September we will resume our exploration of poetry one poet at a time with Robert Frost. Please join us in a comfortable, informal setting to approach anew this great poet. We will be meeting upstairs at Village Lights Bookstore. In preparation, and in support of our hosts, please order the compilation we will be using for the evening. All information, including ordering information for the book, can be found through the above link. Invite your friends. We'll make them feel welcome and appreciated.

http://www.villagelightsbooks.com/event/village-lights-poetry-caf%C3%A9-2

7:00pm
Village Lights Bookstore
110 E Main Street
47250 Madison, Indiana
Sep 10 2016

“COUPLET”—A Quarterly Poetry Reading Series & Social. Fall 2016 Edition:The Five Year Anniversary)

Produced by Leah Umansky & DJ Ceremony, and hosted by poet Leah Umansky, COUPLET is a quarterly reading series held on the Lower East Side featuring both emerging and established poets. Every event features music & after-party by DJ Ceremony. No cover.

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This edition’s featured poets:

Jen Fitzgerald is a poet, essayist, and a native New Yorker who received her MFA in Poetry at Lesley University. She is the host of the New Books in Poetry Podcast, a member of New York Writers Workshop, and was a Bread Loaf 2014 Conference participant. Her first collection of poetry, “The Art of Work” will be published on 9/1/16 with Noemi Press. Her work has been featured on PBS Newshour and Harriet: The Poetry Foundation Blog and in Tin House, Salon, PEN Anthology, Cosmonauts Avenue, among others and is forthcoming at Colorado Review and Public Pool. She is now in the D.C. area and at work on her memoir.

Dorothea Lasky is the author of ROME, Thunderbird, Black Life, and AWE, and co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry. She is an assistant professor of poetry at Columbia University's School of the Arts and lives in NYC. She can be found on Instagram at Dorothea Lasky

Tommy “Teebs” Pico is author of IRL (Birds, LLC, 2016), Nature Poem (forthcoming 2017 from Tin House Books), and the zine series Hey, Teebs. He was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, and has poems in BOMB, Guernica, and the Offing. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn and co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA) with Morgan Parker. @heyteebs

John Reed is the author of Snowball's Chance, All The World's a Grave, and other works; Free Boat: Collected Lies and Love Poems is forthcoming 9/15 (advance orders shipping now from C&R Press). More atJohnReed.org

Jeanann Verlee is author of Said the Manic to the Muse and award-winning Racing Hummingbirds. She has earned the Third Coast Poetry Prize and the Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry, and her work appears in Adroit, BOAAT, The Journal, and BuzzFeed Reader, among others. She has served as poetry editor for Union Station Magazine, For Some Time Now, and Winter Tangerine Review: Fragments of Persephone,as well as many individual poetry collections. Verleeperforms and facilitates workshops at schools, theatres, libraries, bookstores, and dive bars across North America. She wears polka dots and kisses Rottweilers. She believes in you.

Monica Youn is the author of the upcoming Blackacre, out in September, with Graywolf Press, and two previous poetry collections, Barter and Ignatz, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. A former lawyer, she teaches at Princeton University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

7:00pm to 10:00pm
The Delancey
168 Delancey Street
10002 New York, New York
Sep 14 2016

Cave Canem at the National Book Awards

Join the National Book Foundation, Cave Canem Foundation, Inc. and Weeksville Heritage Center as we celebrate 20 years of Cave Canem’s influence on the literary landscape. Year after year, Cave Canem fellows and faculty members have been winners and finalists for the National Book Awards, bringing fresh diction, form and imagery to our poetics. NBA winners and finalists Terrance HayesYusef Komunyakaa and Marilyn Nelson read and discuss their work with Kyla Marshell, moderator. 

7:00pm
Weeksville Heritage Center
158 Buffalo Avenue
11213 Brooklyn, New York

recent news and updates

May 03 2016
Portland Art Museum's Poem in Your Pocket Day Handouts
From poets across the country challenging themselves to write a poem each day in April; to skyward murals of poems on the rooftops of Miami buildings for fliers to see; to students in Seattle, many of whom are refugees, telling their personal stories through poems broadcast on public radio... National Poetry Month is an umbrella for many innovative and inspiring local celebrations of poetry, which, together, reach tens of millions of individuals.
Apr 27 2016
Speedway & Swan is a one-hour free-format radio program that presents contemporary poetry against a context of musical selections. In each episode, creator and host Brian Blanchfield, who won the 2014 James Laughlin Award, is joined in conversation by a rotating cohost who reads a selection of poetry from his or her personal canon, along with poems from recently released poetry collections.

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