about the celebration
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month, held every April, is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry's vital place in our culture.
Thanks to all who helped make this April the best celebration yet. And join us in 2016 for the twentieth anniversary of National Poetry Month!
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Dear Poet 2015
A multimedia educational project that invited young people to write letters in response to poems shared by our Chancellors.
Poem in Your Pocket Day
Thousands of individuals across the U.S. carried a poem in their pocket on April 30, 2015.
Poetry & the Creative Mind
Our annual gala was held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 15, 2015.
Sep 10 2015
Gregory Pardlo is the author of two poetry collections, Digest (Four Way Books, 2014), which received the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and was shortlisted for the 2015 NAACP Image Award, and Totem, which received the American Poetry Review/Honickman Prize in 2007.
On September 15, 2015 Swann Galleries will auction The Art Collection of Maya Angelou. At 75, Swann is the oldest specialty auction house in New York. The auction of Dr. Angelou's collection will be preceded by a public exhibition of the work. For more information about the auction or the exhibition, please visit swanngalleries.com.
The event is free, but R.S.V.P.s are required: http://bit.ly/1WfHXD6
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Swann Auction Galleries
104 East 25th Street10010 New York, New York
Oct 08 2015 to Oct 10 2015
This year’s Poets Forum will be held October 8 to 10, 2015, and will feature readings and conversations by the award-winning poets who serve on our organization’s Board of Chancellors. Purchase tickets at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/poets-forum-2015-october-8-10-tickets-17880472976
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8
A Reading by the Academy of American Poets Chancellors
Poetry Walking Tours of Brooklyn (For all-events passholders only)
Join us for a reading by recent New York State Poet Laureate Marie Howe and a lecture on contemporary poetry by Joy Harjo: “Ancestors: a Mapping of Indigenous Poetry and Poets.” In this, our annual Blaney Lecture, Harjo will give an overview of the current field of young indigenous poets, and their ancestral strands of relatives. The branches extend throughout the world, before the English language.The annual Blaney Lecture was created in memory of former Academy of American Poets Board member Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney by a gift from her estate. The event will be followed by a book signing and reception.
A series of five dynamic conversations between the diverse poets who serve on our honorary Board of Chancellors on topics central to poets and readers today.
In Search of Poetry Today: Toi Derricotte, Anne Waldman, and C. D. Wright
Tracing the Lyric: Mark Doty, Linda Gregerson, and Jane Hirshfield
Reports from Around the World: Khaled Mattawa, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Arthur Sze
Projects-in-Progress: Marilyn Nelson, Alicia Ostriker, Alberto Ríos
Poets Respond: Elizabeth Alexander, Juan Felipe Herrera, Claudia Rankine
Join us for a reading and reception featuring 2015 Walt Whitman Award winner Sjohnna McCray, in celebration of the new fall/winter issue of American Poets, the Academy’s biannual magazine. This event is free and open to the public.
Poets Forum is cosponsored by The New School Creative Writing Program and The New York University Creative Writing Program. The program is also made possible, in part, by support from the National Endowment of the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Admission fee: $95.00
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Various Venues 10011 New York, New York
Sep 10 2015 to Sep 12 2015
The festival begins Thursday night with a film about the creation of the US Forest Service. Friday and Saturday almost 30 authors including NC Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson, Sara Gruen and Wiley Cash will present free readings.
The Friday night banquet with Jay Erskine Leutze and Saturday night's "Conversation With Barbara Kingsolver and Ann Patchett" are ticketed events. Four writing workshops and a nature walk require registration and tickets. More information is at cmlitfest.org
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Burnsville Town Center
6 South Main Street28714 Burnsville, North Carolina