National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

poetry month April 2018
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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 will carry a poem in their pocket on April 26, 2018. 

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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 25.

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Poetry and the Creative Mind


upcoming events

Apr 28 2018

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: The Universe in Verse 2018: Livestream (April 28, live from Brooklyn)

Don't miss The Universe in Verse 2018, brought to you by Maria Popova of Brain Pickings and astrophysicist Janna Levin of Pioneer Works. This celebration of the Earth—from the oceans and trees and volcanos to bees and kale and the armadillo—will feature poems by Maya Angelou, Adrienne Rich, Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Lucille Clifton, Elizabeth Bishop, Denise Levertov, Walt Whitman, and more, read by musicians Amanda Palmer, Zoe Keating, and Sean Ono Lennon, astrophysicists Janna Levin and Natalie Batalha, authors A.M. Homes and James Gleick, artist Maira Kalman, bryologist Robin Wall Kimmerer, and actors, writers, and directors America Ferrera, Anna Deavere Smith, and John Cameron Mitchell. Diane Ackerman, Academy Chancellor Emeritus Jane Hishfield, and Academy Chancellor Marie Howe will read their own work. Gracing the evening will be an original poem by Neil Gaiman, composed for the occasion, and a special musical surprise.

The livestream is donated by Kickstarter Live. All proceeds of The Universe in Verse 2018 benefit the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer St
11231 Brooklyn, New York
Apr 24 2018

Beach=Culture: Red Hen Press

Join Red Hen Press and Sebastian Matthews, Chelsey Clammer, Ellen Rachlin, and Sarah Manguso for a night of words and music in Santa Monica.

Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy
90402 Santa Monica, California
Apr 24 2018

COMMUNITY POETRY NIGHT: Celebrate National Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day!

Celebrate National Poetry Month and National Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day! The evening will begin with a brief overview of the holiday, and an open mic poetry reading will follow. Poems read on National Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day are traditionally fairly short, and all participants will leave with a new poem for their pocket! Come to listen & enjoy, or bring a poem to share (original or borrowed)! Readers - please sign in upon arrival.

Who: Adults, Teens
When: Tuesday April 24, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Where: Cupertino Library, Story Room
Contact: Please email Kaecey or visit for more information

Cupertino Library
10800 Torre Avenue
95014 Cupertino, California

recent news and updates

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.
Apr 19 2018
The Talking Chair at Robbins Library
The Talking Chair at the Robbins Library in Arlington, MA features audio recordings of poems written and read by Arlingtonians of all ages and by Arlington Poet Laureate Cathie Desjardins. It was developed by Emily Calvin-Bottis, a digital and interactive experience designer and Arlington resident, with support from the Arlington Cultural Council.


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