National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

poetry month April 2018
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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!

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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

Join thousands of individuals across the U.S. who will carry a poem in their pocket on April 26, 2018. 

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

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.

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Poetry and the Creative Mind


upcoming events

Mar 22 2018

The New Salon: Reading and Conversation Kaveh Akbar, with Deborah Landau

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 Street
New York University
10003 New York, New York
Mar 22 2018

Red Hen Press at Cornelia Street Cafe

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 St
10014 New York, New York
Mar 23 2018

A Provocation: Whereas We Respond

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 Street
The Bookshop, Level 3
02138 Cambridge, Massachusetts

recent news and updates

Apr 28 2017
For National Poetry Month, Academy Chancellor Alberto Ríos is collaborating with Arizona State University (ASU) Now photographers Charlie Leight and Deanna Dent to create “visual sonnets." The project, whose name takes inspiration from the number of lines found in a sonnet, features fourteen photographs and poems.
Apr 19 2017
June Jordan
The Center for Black Literature, the Center for Law and Social Justice, and the Brooklyn Public Library are celebrating National Poetry Month with the program “June Jordan: Reflections on Her Life and Activism.” A poet, playwright, and essayist, June Jordan was the author of numerous poetry c


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