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 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

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Jun 19 2018

Red Hen Press Event at Annenberg Beach House: June 19

Red Hen Press presents John Barr, Catherine Woodard, Lory Bedikian, Chloe Schwenke, and Bruce Bauman, with music by Nathan Barr for an evening of poetry at the Annenberg Community Beach House, starting at 6:30 PM. Refreshments will be served! The event is free.

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9:30pm
Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy
90402 Santa Monica , California
Jun 21 2018

Jason Koo and Catherine Blauvelt

Join us for a reading by Jason Koo from his new collection, More Than Mere Light (Prelude, 2018) with Catherine Blauvelt, author of Here High Note, High Note (Prelude, 2017). 

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7:00pm
McNally Jackson Williamsburg
76 North 4th Street
11249 Brooklyn, New York
Jun 23 2018

Shore Thing Getaway

Treat yourself to a writing retreat at the shore. Down the block from Atlantic City's famous beach and boardwalk, this affordable workshop will energize and inspire you. Head home with sand between your toes, a few new pieces of writing and the glow that comes from spending the day with an encouraging community of writers.

Admission fee: $85.00
9:15am
Dante Hall Theater
14 North Mississippi Avenue
08401 Atlantic City, New Jersey

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.

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