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

 

upcoming events

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Jul 25 2017

u35: July (Mass Poetry Reading)

GennaRose Nethercott is a poet, performer, and folklorist from the woodlands of Vermont, currently living in Somerville, MA. Her recent work has appeared in The Offing, Rust + Moth, Cleaver, Hermeneutic Chaos, and Maudlin House, among others. She writes poems-to-order for passersby on a 1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter, a collection of which was released by Honeybee Press in 2015. 
 
Joey Gould has volunteered for the Massachusetts Poetry Festival since 2011. He is nominated for Bettering American Poetry 2016 & his work appears or is forthcoming at Drunk Monkeys, Golden Walkman, Five:2:One, & District Lit. In his spare time he builds decks & makes whistling noises, often at the same time. 
 
Kurt Klopmeier is a Boston writer and adjunct at UMass - Boston and Northeastern. He has been published in Apt, Amethyst Arsenic, Consequence Magazine, and Damfino.
7:00pm
Trident Booksellers & Cafe
338 Newbury St.
02115 Boston, Massachusetts
Jul 25 2017

Out From Calaboose: New Poems featuring Karen Corinne Herceg

Karen Corinne Herceg, poet, author, essayist and reviewer, reads from her new book OUT FROM CALABOOSE: NEW POEMS.  Open mic sign-up at 7:30 PM.

"Clutching her vision firmly in hand, Karen Corinne Herceg paints her inner world in such a vivid fashion that I was compelled to submerge myself in Out From Calaboose completely, and then not surface at all until I put down the last poem.” --Linda Gray Sexton, bestselling novelist and author of Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back To My Mother, Anne Sexton

8:00pm
Club Harmony at Wok and Roll Cafe
15 Mill Hill Road
12498 Woodstock, New York
Jul 29 2017 to Jul 30 2017

A Poet's Corner

Calling all poets.  Poetry and accoustic guitar.

9:30pm to 2:00am
Il Piccolo Verde
140 S Barrington Pl
90049 Los Angeles, California

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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