National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

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poetry month April 2017
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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 27. 
 

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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 28.
 

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Poetry and the Creative Mind

 

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Nov 25 2017

#PoetryNear You Pick of the Week: Segue Reading Series presents Peggy Robles-Alvarado + Paul Tran

Join poets Peggy Robles-Alvarado and Paul Tran as they read from their work at Zinc Bar, 82nd W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012, on November 15, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
 
Peggy Robles-Alvarado is a two-time International Latino Book Award winner & an MFA candidate at Pratt Institute. She authored Conversations With My Skin, Homenaje A Las Guerreras, & The Abuela Stories Project. She edited the anthology, Mujeres, The Magic, The Movement, and The Muse. Contact her at robleswrites.com.
 
Paul Tran is Poetry Editor at The Offing & Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow in the Writing Program at Washington University in St. Louis. Their work appears in The New Yorker, Prairie Schooner, MTV, & elsewhere.
 
$5 admission goes to support the readers. The Segue Reading Series is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by the support of The Segue Foundation. For more information, please visit www.seguefoundation.com or call (212) 614-0505. 
 

To be considered for #PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week, we invite you to become a registered user of Poets.org and use our online calendar Poetry Near You to promote local events in your community.

Admission fee: $5.00
4:30pm
Zinc Bar
82 W 3rd St (bet. Thompson & Sullivan Sts.)
10012 New York, New York
Nov 22 2017

Anaïs Duplan with Precious Okoyomon and Benjamin Krusling

Join us for the book release of Anaïs Duplan's Mount Carmel & the Blood of Parnassus, a new collection effortlessly spanning poetry and essay, with readings from Precious Okoyomon and Benjamin Krusling.
 
Anaïs Duplan is the author of a full-length poetry collection, Take This Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016) and a chapbook, Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus (Monster House Press, 2017). Their poems and essays have appeared in Hyperallergic, on PBS News Hour, the Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, Fence, Boston Review, The Journal, and in other publications. Duplan is also an artist and curator who has facilitated exhibitions at the Distillery Gallery, Elastic Arts, Disjecta, the Radical Abacus, Public Space One, and at Mengi in Reykjavík, Iceland. Their visual works have appeared or are forthcoming in group exhibitions at Flux Factory, Thomas Robertello Gallery, Daata Editions, the 13th Baltic Triennial in Lithuania, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in LA. Anaïs is the founder of the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, an artist residency program for artists of color in Iowa City and is the joint Public Programs Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem. 
 
Benjamin Krusling is a poet & artist whose recent work has appeared in The New Inquiry, Hyperallergic, and Tagvverk, among other venues. The winner of Sonora Review's 2017 Poetry Prize, Ben has also received fellowships from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Naropa University. His chapbook, G R A P E S, is forthcoming in 2018 from Projective Industries. 
 
Precious Okoyomon is a Brooklyn based poet and artist. She is the author of Ajebota (Bottlecap Press, 2016). Her writing has been performed and exhibited at the Baltic Triennial in Lithuania, the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, Exo Exo in Paris and Moma ps1 in New York. Her writing has been published in Hobart, The Believer, New York Tyrant and elsewhere. She loves her sweet toy poodle rainbow and is a Leo that is very low key evil. She’s currently working on a book or two.
 
 
7:00pm
McNally Jackson Books 10012 52 Prince St, New York
Nov 26 2017

Page Meets Stage with Jennifer Michael Hecht & Brendan Constantine

The series, often called “where the Pulitzer Prize meets the poetry slam,” is like no other poetry reading series anywhere. Each month, for over 10 years, two different poets, one who writes primarily for the page and another who is more performance oriented, take the stage together and read back and forth, poem for poem. It is not a slam or competition in any way.
 
Check out YouTube to see some of the more memorable moments in the series, or go to PageMeetsStage.com for the complete schedule. Call 646-543-5232 for more information. Tickets are $12 (but discounted if purchased online and early online.
 
Admission fee: $12.00
6:00pm
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery
10012 New York, New York

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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