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 carry a poem in their pocket.
Poetry & the Creative Mind
The 2018 annual gala was held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 25.
Feb 19 2019
Join Ross Gay and Eve L. Ewing for a conversation on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 6:30 p.m., at the American Writers Museum in Chicago, Illinois.
Admission fee: $12.00
American Writers Museum
180 N Michigan Avenue, 2nd Floor60601 Chicago, Illinois
Feb 21 2019
Acclaimed for her own hybrid lyric-narrative long poems that explore wide-ranging experience, from working-class America to sex and love, poet Dorianne Laux discusses two long, discursive poems—by Deborah Digges and Larry Levis—examining how the personal “I” is used to disclose much and yet retain a sense of mystery.
Admission: $10 regular admisison, $7 students and seniors, free for members.
Poets House is an ADA accessible building.
Admission fee: $10.00
10 River Terrace10282 New York, New York
Feb 22 2019
Join us for an evening of poetry showcasing new collections by three remarkable poets. Brionne Janae's debut collection, After Jubilee (Boaat Press, 2017), is described by Cave Canem faculty Amber Flora Thomas as "an excellent read, if for no other reason than the range and lyricism of Janae’s voice." Nabila Lovelace is the author of Sons of Achilles (YesYesBooks, 2018), of which Hanif Abdurraqib says, "There’s a real beauty to the way that she puts together words.” Winner of the 2018 National Book Award for Poetry, Justin Phillip Reed is the author of Indecency (Coffee House Press, 2018), praised by Dawn Lundy Martin as "the new duende. It is like no other book I’ve read; Reed is an extraordinary talent.” Free and open to the public. Refreshments served. This event is co-sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program.
Brionne Janae is a poet and teaching artist living in Brooklyn whose debut collection, After Jubilee (Boaat Press, 2017),was published by Boaat Press, 2017. She is the recipient of the 2016 St. Botoloph Emerging Artist award, a Hedgebrook and Vermont Studio Center Alumni and proud Cave Canem Fellow. Her poetry and prose have been published by the Academy of American Poets, American Poetry Review, the Sun Magazine, Los Angelas Review Rattle, Bitch Magazine, The Cincinnati Review, jubilat, Sixth Finch, Plume, Bayou Magazine, The Nashville Review, Waxwing and Redivider, among others.
Nabila Lovelace is a first-generation Queens native, her people hail from Trinidad & Nigeria. Her debut book of poems, Sons of Achilles (YesYesBooks, 2018), is out now through YesYes Books. You can currently find her kicking it in Tuscaloosa.
Justin Phillip Reed is an American poet and essayist, and the author of Indecency (Coffee House Press, 2018), winner of the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry. His work appears in African American Review, Best American Essays, Callaloo, The Kenyon Review, The New York Times Magazine, Obsidian, and elsewhere. He earned his BA in creative writing at Tusculum College and his MFA in poetry at Washington University in St. Louis. Justin has received fellowships from Cave Canem Foundation, the Conversation Literary Festival, and the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. Born and raised in South Carolina, he lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Photo Credit: Nicholas A. C. Nichols
NYU Lillian Vernon House
58 W 10th Street10003 New York, New York