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 Day, recommending the Dear Poet project to a young person, signing 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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A multimedia educational project that invites young people to write letters in response to poems shared by our Chancellors.
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.
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.
May 21 2018
April Gibson is a poet, essayist, and educator whose work has appeared in Pluck!, Valley Voices, Tidal Basin, Literary Mama, and elsewhere. She is a fellow of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, The Watering Hole Poetry Retreat, and a VONA/Voices Writing Workshop alum. Her chapbook, Automation (2015), was published by Willow Books as part of their emerging writer series. Her current project is a full-length poetry collection titled The Black Woman Press Conference.
Nikki Wallschlaeger is the author of the full-length collections Crawlspace (Bloof Books, 2017) and Houses (Horseless Press, 2015), as well as the graphic chapbook I Hate Telling You How I Really Feel from Bloof Books (2016). Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in the Brooklyn Rail, LIT, jubilat, Apogee, Georgia Review, Witness, Denver Quarterly, Spoon River Review, and others. She was an editor for Bettering American Poetry Anthology 2015, a project promoting the work of marginalized writers. She lives in Wisconsin.
Admission fee: $8.00
The Poetry Project
131 E 10th Street10003 New York, New York
May 22 2018
Reading from award-winning poetry collection Eye Level
Published by Graywolf Press
Winner of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, selected by Juan Felipe Herrera
City Lights Books
261 Columbus Ave.94133 San Francisco, California
May 23 2018
U35 is a bi-monthly reading series for poets under 35, held once each January, March, May, July, September, and November. The series seeks to promote and bolster Massachusetts poets under 35 while giving them a venue to share their work and connect with other poets under 35. If you are a poet under the age of 35, sign up to read! U35 ran for four years under its founder Daniel Evans Pritchard, before Mass Poetry adopted the series in May 2014.
7:00pm to 8:30pm
700 Boylston St.02116 Boston, Massachusetts
Boston Public Library