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

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

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Poetry and the Creative Mind

 

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Sep 22 2017

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Visiting Author Reading Series Presents Chen Chen

Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and longlisted for the National Book Award for Poetry. His work has appeared in two chapbooks and in publications such as Poetry, The New York Times Magazine, and The Best American Poetry. He has received fellowships from Kundiman, Lambda Literary, and the Saltonstall Foundation. He holds an MFA from Syracuse University and is currently pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University.

Each year, the YMCA's Downtown Writers Center hosts more than 20 authors for free readings. In their first 17 years, they've hosted over 400 authors, from first-time novelists to Pulitzer Prize winners and Poet Laureates. Past guests have included such literary luminaries as Charles Simic, Ted Kooser, Cornelius Eady, Sapphire, Steve Almond, Dorianne Laux, Carl Dennis, and many others. 

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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.

 
7:00pm
Downtown Syracuse YMCA
340 Montgomery St.
13202 Syracuse, New York
Sep 22 2017

The Environment of the College Classroom

Scholars Erica Chu and Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs and creative writers and scholars Ching-In Chen, Ailish Hopper and Prageeta Sharma will discuss “identity politics” in college classrooms.

Contact: cww@salem.edu
1:00pm to 2:30pm
SAlem College LAR
601 S. Church St
27101 Winston Salem, North Carolina
Sep 22 2017

The Environment of the College Classroom

Scholars Erica Chu and Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs and creative writers and scholars Ching-In Chen, Ailish Hopper and Prageeta Sharma will discuss “identity politics” in college classrooms.

Contact: cww@salem.edu
1:00pm to 2:30pm
SAlem College LAR
601 S. Church St
27101 Winston Salem, North Carolina

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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