National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

poetry month April 2019
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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 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

Feb 19 2019

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Ross Gay in Conversation with Eve L. Ewing

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.

Ross Gay is the author of three books of poetry, including Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Catalog was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, the Ohioana Book Award, the Balcones Poetry Prize, the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, and it was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. He is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. Gay has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He teaches at Indiana University.

Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a sociologist of education and a writer from Chicago. She is the author of Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side. She is also author of Electric Arches, which received awards from the American Library Association and the Poetry Society of America and was named one of the year's best books by NPR and the Chicago Tribune. She is the co-author (with Nate Marshall) of the play No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. She also writes the Ironheart series for Marvel Comics. Ewing is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and many other venues.

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To be considered for #PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week, we invite you to become a registered user of and use our online calendar Poetry Near You to promote local events in your community.

Admission fee: $12.00
American Writers Museum
180 N Michigan Avenue, 2nd Floor
Readers Hall
60601 Chicago, Illinois
Feb 21 2019

Epic Voices: The Controlling Image: Digges & Levis with Dorianne Laux

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
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 New York, New York
Feb 22 2019

New Works: Brionne Janae, Nabila Lovelace and Justin Phillip Reed

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 RattleBitch Magazine, The Cincinnati Review, jubilatSixth 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 Street
10003 New York, New York

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.