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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Jun 04 2016

Evening Reading with 2016 Poet in Residence Robert Pinksy

Evening poetry reading by former US Poet Laureate and 2016 Poet in Residence Robert Pinsky. Refreshments will be served. Audience Q&A and Book Signing will be offered after the reading. A limited edition broadside will be available for purchase.

Admission:
$15 non-members
$10 WWBA members

Admission fee: $15.00
5:30pm
Walt Whitman Birthplace
246 Old Walt Whitman Road
11746 Huntington Station, New York
Jun 07 2016

Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading, Funded in part by the Jerome Foundation

Ten poets from our Emerging Poets Fellowship read breathtaking new work that promises an exciting future for poetry. The fellowship, now in its fifth year, assists poets by providing writing instruction, mentorship, and access to Poets House’s world class poetry resources and programming. Hosted by 2016 Emerging Poets Fellowship workshop leader Adam Fitzgerald.

This event is free and open to the public.

7:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace at Murray Street
10282 New York, New York
Jun 14 2016

24th Annual Poets House Poetry Publication Showcase Opening Reception & Readings

Readings open the 2016 Poets House Showcase, our free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 650 commercial, university, and independent presses.

Preceded by the Showcase Opening Reception. Exhibition on view through August 20.

This event is free and open to the public.

7:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace at Murray Street
10282 New York, 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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