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 will carry a poem in their pocket on April 26, 2018.
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.
Aug 17 2018
The Outdoor Café in Chicago, Illinois, is pleased to present Poetry Night featuring Valerie Wallace, on Saturday, August 17, 2018, 7 p.m. An open mic hosted by Jenene Ravesloot and Tom Roby IV will follow.
Valerie will be reading from her debut poetry collection House of McQueen (2018), which was chosen by Vievee Francis for the 2016 Four Way Books Intro Prize, and the chapbook The Dictators’ Guide to Good Housekeeping. She is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award and the San Miguel Writers’ Conference Poetry Award.
To be considered for #PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week, we invite you to become a registered user of Poets.org and use our online calendar Poetry Near You to promote local events in your community.
3257 W Bryn Mawr Ave60659 Chicago, Illinois
Aug 15 2018
Join Soul Sister Revue for its Summer event at The Gallery at LPR where we ask “what does Soul mean to you?” Readers include Jason Koo (More Than Mere Light), Pamela Sneed (Sweet Dreams), Christina Gayton, and Jasmine Reid with superfly host Ed Toney. Soul Sister Revue is a quarterly reading series for established and emerging poets who write in the narrative tradition of storytelling.
The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street10012 New York, New York
Aug 16 2018
This free event is presented as part of PMCA 1234 monthly programming.
10:00pm to 11:30pm
The Pasadena Museum of California Art
490 East Union Street91101 Pasadena, California