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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National Poetry Month Sponsors

 

 

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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 carry a poem in their pocket. 
 

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poetry & the Creative Mind

The 2018 annual gala was held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 25.
 

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Poetry and the Creative Mind

 

upcoming events

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Dec 22 2018

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: 40th Anniversary Reading of MIDWINTER DAY with Bernadette Mayer

Take part in celebrating forty years of Midwinter Day (New Directions, 1999), a 120-page work in prose and poetry completed on December 22, 1978, by acclaimed poet, writer, and visual artist Bernadette Mayer, on Saturday, December 22, 2018, at the Hudson River Coffee House in Albany, New York. Mayer will be joined by poets Shira Dentz, Marcella Durand, Cole Heinowitz, Erica Kaufman, Amy King, Michael Ruby, Adam Tedesco, Sam Truitt, Kina Viola-Cain, Marty Viola-Cain, and Bill Lessard.

Marathon readings of Midwinter Day will also be given by writers, scholars, and fans in over twelve cities. Visit midwinterday.tumblr.com to see a list of participating venues. 

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12:00pm
Hudson River Coffee House
227 Quail St
See other locations: https://midwinterday.tumblr.com/
12203 Albany, New York
Jan 01 2019

The 45th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading

There are three things to consider when the New Year’s Day Poetry Marathon sweeps you into its gracefully uncouth embrace – what it is, what it was, and who you will be when it’s over. An untamed gathering of the heart’s secret, wild nobility – over 140 poets together revealing not just that a better life could exist, but that it already does, sexy and wise, rancorous and sweet, big hearted and mad as hell. An avenging engine of resistance and eager vehicle of the nascent year. The Marathon measures its success through insurrectionist reframings of the universe, an in-it-together courage that crafts a community out of the riot of lineages and traditions we all emerge from. This collective effort also helps fund as many as 65 additional events every year. It’s our largest fundraiser, and arguably the most inspired ongoing literary event in the city.
 
This year’s performers include: Andrea Abi-Karam, Ammiel Alcalay, Justin Allen, Julie Alsop, Ed Askew, J. Mae Barizo, Jim Behrle, Anselm Berrigan, Lee Ann Brown & Janice Lowe, Yoshiko Chuma, Lauren Clark, Todd Colby, John Coletti, Lydia Cortes, Brenda Coultas, Alex Cuff, r. erica doyle, Marcella Durand, Mel Elberg, Betsy Fagin, Avram Fefer, Jennifer Firestone, Kay Gabriel, Marwa Helal, Barbara Henning, Bob Holman, Sophia Hussain, Paolo Javier, Pierre Joris, Millie Kapp & Matt Shalzi, Vincent Katz, erica kaufman, Amy King, Sue Landers, Denizé Lauture, Rachel Levitsky, Matt Longabucco, Filip Marinovich, Douglas A. Martin, Andriniki Mattis, Caits Meissner, Carley Moore, Dave Morse, Sahar Muradi, Uche Nduka, Precious Okoyomon, Laura Ortman, Trace Peterson, Nicole Peyrafitte, Lorelei Ramirez, El Roy Red, Bob Rosenthal, Judah Rubin, John Rufo, Tom Savage, Purvi Shah, Jayson Smith, Sean D. Henry Smith, Pamela Sneed, Patricia Spears Jones, Max Steele, Sara Jane Stoner, Bridget Talone, Susie Timmons, Edwin Torres, Tony Towle, Cat Tyc, Aldrin Valdez, Anna Vitale, Morgan Vo, Asiya Wadud, Anne Waldman with Fast Speaking Music, Lewis Warsh, Jacqueline Waters, Candace Williams, Rachael Wilson, Matvei Yankelevich, The Double Yews, Don Yorty, Sparrow / Foamola, and more TBA.
 
 
Admission fee: $20.00
2:00pm
The Poetry Project
131 East 10th Street
10003 New York, New York
Jan 07 2019

Cafe Muse Readings: Le Hinton & Linda Pastan

Poets Le Hinton and Linda Pastan will read from their work, and an open mic will follow. The evening starts with classical guitar by Michael C. Davis, and includes refreshments. The Writer's Center is about a 10-minute walk from Metro Rail's Bethesda stop on the Red Line.

Cafe Muse is a longstanding, monthly reading series in downtown Bethesda, MD, featuring widely recognized poets. It is sponsored by The Word Works (www.wordworksbooks.org), a non-profit literary organization publishing contemporary poetry and sponsoring programs for more than 40 years. The Writer's Center (www.writer.org) has been hosting and providing literary programs in the Washington DC Area since 1976.

7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Writer's Center Bethesda
4508 Walsh St
20815 Bethesda , Maryland

recent news and updates

Apr 26 2018
The Atrocious Poets, a poetry collective based in Woodstock, Illinois, is observing National Poetry Month with One City, One Poet. This year's celebration aims to bring the life and legacy of "the people's poet" Carl Sandburg to the streets of Woodstock.
Apr 24 2018
The Howard County Poetry & Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) is partnering with Howard Community College to present the tenth annual Blackbird Poetry Festival on April 26, 2018, in Howard County, Columbia, Maryland.