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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sponsors & partners 

 

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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 27. 
 

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poetry & the Creative Mind

This year's annual gala will be held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 19.
 

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Poetry and the Creative Mind

 

upcoming events

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Mar 30 2017

Red Hen Press Open-Mic at Der Wolfskopf

Come and enjoy an evening of poetry with Red Hen Press. Join us as we showcase readings of our intern and staff’s original works and share your own. The evening will be filled with laughter, life stories and no doubt some rather nervous first time readers. Help us support our budding authors and poets by coming out and sharing a drink and a poem or two.

One drink minimum.

Find out more on our website: http://redhen.org/rhp-open-mic-poetry-night/

9:30pm to 11:00pm
Der Wolfskopf
72 N Fair Oaks Ave
91103 Pasadena, California
Mar 31 2017

Riverfront Readings featuring Mary Bunten and Greg Cenac

Mary Bunten's work has appeared in SAVEUR, Art Lies, The Houston Press, The Austin Chronicle, and elsewhere. She has an MFA from the University of Houston, where she received a C.Glenn Cambor Inprint Fellowship. Previously she worked in the publicity department of W. W. Norton, as a teacher for Writers in the Schools, and as the director of The Writers Place. She lives in Kansas City.

Greg Cenac writes poetry and poetic narratives. His favorite poets are Raymond Carver and Robert Frost who he believes, along with Anton Chekov, have influenced his writing. Mr. Cenac is an engineer by trade, but a poet at heart. He grew up in a French-speaking household in South Louisiana, lived his adult life in Alaska and in the Pacific Northwest, and then settled in Kansas City in 2000. Along with poetry and literature, Mr. Cenac has a passion for Cajun cooking and ballroom dancing. He thanks Sharon Eiker and David Arnold Hughes for their support of his writing.

This event features music by Linda Minson and Friends.

(Rescheduled from January 13th, when it was postponed because of the weather.)

9:00pm
The Writers Place
3607 Pennsylvania
64111 Kansas City, Missouri
Apr 01 2017

POETRY IN THE GARDEN

Celebrate National Poetry Month surrounded by the beauty of nature. Walk the gardens to find plants that have inspired poets. Perhaps be inspired to write and share poems of your own! This is a family fun activity, for kids 5 and up with a registered adult. Register with code: 2902018801 at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring

Admission fee: $6.00
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Green Spring Gardens
4603 Green Spring Road
22312 Alexandria, Virginia

recent news and updates

Jan 11 2017
We're looking forward to this year's National Poetry Month and are excited to announce the following activities and initiatives for this coming April celebration of poets and poetry.
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.

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