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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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

Oct 25 2018

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Robert Lowell Memorial Reading Series presents Marilyn Chin & Tara Skurtu

Join Academy of American Poets Chancellor Marilyn Chin and Tara Skurtu for a reading on October 25, 2018, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center's Roosevelt Room in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Marilyn Chin is an award-winning poet and author. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Portland, Oregon, her works have become Asian American classics and are taught in classrooms internationally. Marilyn Chin’s books of poems include A Portrait of the Self as Nation: New and Selected Poems, Hard Love Province, Rhapsody in Plain Yellow, Dwarf Bamboo, and The Phoenix Gone, The Terrace Empty. She also published a book of magical fiction called Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen. In addition to writing poetry and fiction, she has translated poems by the modern Chinese poet Ai Qing and co-translated poems by the Japanese poet Gozo Yoshimasu.

Tara Skurtu is an American poet, translator, and public speaker based in Romania. A two-time U.S. Fulbright grantee and recipient of two Academy of American Poets prizes and a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship in Poetry, her poems are published in magazines such as Salmagundi, The Kenyon Review, and Poetry Review. Tara is the author of the chapbook Skurtu, Romania and the full poetry collection The Amoeba Game. She was a lecturer in creative writing and composition at Boston University, taught incarcerated students through BU’s Prison Education Program, and was on the planning and teaching team for Robert Pinsky’s inaugural MOOC, “The Art of Poetry.” She teaches creative writing in Bucharest.

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

Boston University, Mugar Memorial Library, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Roosevelt Room
771 Commonwealth Avenue
02215 Boston, Massachusetts
Oct 22 2018

Poetry Night: Will Schutt, Lindsay Bernal, & GennaRose Nethercott

Join us for a night of poetry with three special guests: Will Schutt, Lindsay Bernal, and GennaRose Nethercott.

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The Ivy Bookshop
6080 Falls Road
21209 Baltimore, Maryland
Oct 22 2018

sam sax: bury it

sam sax celebrates his new collection, the James Laughlin Award-winning bury it with friends Paul Tran, Hieu Nguyen, & francine j. harris.

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Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
10012 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.