National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

poetry month April 2018
read more


about the celebration

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 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!

download the national poetry month logo

sponsors & partners 


National Poetry Month Sponsors



get involved

Dear Poet 

A multimedia educational project that invites young people to write letters in response to poems shared by our Chancellors.

learn more

Anne Waldman

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Join thousands of individuals across the U.S. who carry a poem in their pocket. 

find a poem

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poetry & the Creative Mind

The 2018 annual gala was held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 25.

read more

Poetry and the Creative Mind


upcoming events

Nov 16 2018 to Nov 18 2018

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Southern California Poetry Festival

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center celebrates fifty years of cultivating Los Angeles poetry with a free, three-day festival from November 16 through November 18, 2018.

The festival will kick off on Friday, November 16, with a special reception, reading, and discussion featuring Anne Waldman and Will Alexander. Events on Saturday, November 17 will include a retrospective focused on some of Beyond Baroque’s most notable alumni; readings curated by Red Hen Press, Kaya Press, and Jack Jones Literary Arts; a roundtable on poetic communities in Los Angeles; a poetry film festival; and a reading of new work commissioned for the festival by Kimiko Hahn, Morgan Parker, and Vanessa Angélica Villarreal. 
The festival will conclude on Sunday, November 18 with readings curated by PEN America, Rattle, Lambda Literary, and Gunpowder Press; and a reading from Best American Poetry 2018 featuring Ilya Kaminsky, Dana Gioia, and others. Kimiko Hahn, Janice Lee, Peter J. Harris, and Jeffrey Schultz will also teach free workshops.
For tickets and more details, including additional events, visit Presented in partnership with the Poetry Foundation. Additional sponsors include the Academy of American Poets and the Cal State LA Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics. 
To be considered for #PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week, we invite you to become a registered user of and use our online calendar Poetry Near You to promote local events in your community.
8:00pm to 6:00pm
Beyond Baroque
681 North Venice Boulevard
90291 Venice, California
Nov 16 2018

Soul Sister Revue's Fall Event

Join Soul Sister Revue for its Fall event at The Cornelia Street Cafe where we ask "what does Soul mean to you?" Readers include Kyle Dargan (Anagnorisis), Camonghne Felix (Build Yourself a Boat), Desiree Bailey (In Dirt or Saltwater) Kristin Chang (Past Lives, Future Bodies), and R.A. Villanueva (Reliquaria)  with superfly host Ed Toney. $10 incl. 1 drink!

learn more

Admission fee: $10.00
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
10014 New York, New York
Nov 16 2018

Friday Night Series: Readings by Brandon Shimoda & Anna Della Subin

Brandon Shimoda‘s recent books are The Desert (poetry and prose; The Song Cave), Dept. of Posthumous Letters (drawings; text by Dot Devota and Caitie Moore; Argos Books), and The Grave on the Wall (an ancestral memoir, forthcoming from City Lights). He is currently researching/writing a book on the afterlife of Japanese American incarceration, passages from which have appeared in/on The Asian American Literary Review, Densho Blog, Hyperallergic, The Margins, and The New Inquiry. He lives in the desert.
Anna Della Subin is a writer, critic, and independent scholar. She is the author of Not Dead But Sleeping (Triple Canopy, 2016), a book-length essay on the cultural politics of sleep. Her work has appeared in the London Review of Books, Harper’s, The New York Times, The White Review, and The New Yorker online, as well as in several artists’ publications. She is also a contributing editor at Bidoun, a publishing and curatorial initiative focused on the Middle East and its diasporas. Her book Accidental Gods, on men inadvertently turned into deities, is forthcoming from Metropolitan/Henry Holt.   
Online tickets are available at the link above until an hour before this event. Unless otherwise noted, tickets will continue to be available at the door.
Admission fee: $8.00
The Poetry Project
131 E 10th Street - St. Mark's Church
10003 New York, New York

recent news and updates

Apr 26 2018
The Atrocious Poets, a poetry collective based in Woodstock, Illinois, is observing National Poetry Month with One City, One Poet. This year's celebration aims to bring the life and legacy of "the people's poet" Carl Sandburg to the streets of Woodstock.
Apr 24 2018
The Howard County Poetry & Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) is partnering with Howard Community College to present the tenth annual Blackbird Poetry Festival on April 26, 2018, in Howard County, Columbia, Maryland.