National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

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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

 

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Apr 28 2018

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: The Universe in Verse 2018: Livestream (April 28, live from Brooklyn)

Don't miss The Universe in Verse 2018, brought to you by Maria Popova of Brain Pickings and astrophysicist Janna Levin of Pioneer Works. This celebration of the Earth—from the oceans and trees and volcanos to bees and kale and the armadillo—will feature poems by Maya Angelou, Adrienne Rich, Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Lucille Clifton, Elizabeth Bishop, Denise Levertov, Walt Whitman, and more, read by musicians Amanda Palmer, Zoe Keating, and Sean Ono Lennon, astrophysicists Janna Levin and Natalie Batalha, authors A.M. Homes and James Gleick, artist Maira Kalman, bryologist Robin Wall Kimmerer, and actors, writers, and directors America Ferrera, Anna Deavere Smith, and John Cameron Mitchell. Diane Ackerman, Academy Chancellor Emeritus Jane Hishfield, and Academy Chancellor Marie Howe will read their own work. Gracing the evening will be an original poem by Neil Gaiman, composed for the occasion, and a special musical surprise.

The livestream is donated by Kickstarter Live. All proceeds of The Universe in Verse 2018 benefit the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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7:00pm
Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer St
11231 Brooklyn, New York
Apr 24 2018

The Holloway Series in Poetry Presents Brenda Hillman

Brenda Hillman reads for the Holloway Series in Poetry at UC Berkeley.
 
The Holloway Series in Poetry is sponsored by the English Department at the University of California, Berkeley, and is funded through an Endowment made by Roberta C. Holloway in 1981. This generous fund has enabled us to establish a tradition of poetry on campus to celebrate the works of renowned and rising contemporary poets, and provide an opportunity for graduate student poets from the UC Berkeley campus community to introduce and read alongside a featured poet.
 
 
6:30pm
University of California, Berkeley
315 Wheeler Hall
Maude Fife Room
94720 Berkeley, California
Apr 24 2018

Beach=Culture: Red Hen Press

Join Red Hen Press and Sebastian Matthews, Chelsey Clammer, Ellen Rachlin, and Sarah Manguso for a night of words and music in Santa Monica.

9:30pm
Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy
90402 Santa Monica, California

recent news and updates

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.
Apr 19 2018
The Talking Chair at Robbins Library
The Talking Chair at the Robbins Library in Arlington, MA features audio recordings of poems written and read by Arlingtonians of all ages and by Arlington Poet Laureate Cathie Desjardins. It was developed by Emily Calvin-Bottis, a digital and interactive experience designer and Arlington resident, with support from the Arlington Cultural Council.

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