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 26, 2018.
Poetry & the Creative Mind
The 2018 annual gala will be held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 25.
Mar 22 2018
The New Salon series brings writers into an intimate setting to discuss the implications of their work and craft.
Kaveh Akbar's debut full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, was published in 2017 with Alice James in the US and Penguin in the UK, and his chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, was published by Sibling Rivalry Press. Kaveh founded and edits Divedapper, a home for dialogues with the most vital voices in contemporary poetry. The recipient of a 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and currently lives and teaches in Florida.
Co-Sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program
Free and open to the public.
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street10003 New York, New York
New York University
Mar 22 2018
Join Red Hen authors and poets Mark Wagenaar, John Barr, Jim Tilley, and Ellen Rachlin for an evening of fantastic literature at the iconic Cornelia Street Cafe!
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St10014 New York, New York
Mar 23 2018
Our Spring 2018 Provocation series features award-winning poet and activist Layli Long Soldier, who will read from her recent collection Whereas (Graywolf Press, 2017), accompanied by visuals/footage, as well as share new collaborative works. Following her reading, Long Soldier will engage in a discussion about process, collaboration and working with the voices of community; that is, writing beyond the alone.
Co-sponsored by the Woodberry Poetry Room and the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, with special thanks to the Radcliffe Institute and the Harvard University Native American Program.
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
24 Quincy Street02138 Cambridge, Massachusetts
The Bookshop, Level 3