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 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

Aug 17 2018

Poetry Night at the Outdoor Cafe Featuring Valerie Wallace

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.

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Outdoor Cafe
3257 W Bryn Mawr Ave
60659 Chicago, Illinois
Aug 15 2018

Soul Sister Revue Summer Reading

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 Street
10012 New York, New York
Aug 16 2018

PMCA: Exploring California

Join PMCARed Hen Press, and notable African American writers for a reading of contemporary poetry and prose in conjunction with Grafton Tyler Brown: Exploring California.

Join us afterwards for a reception courtesy of Lagunitas Brewing Company. Presented with the Playhouse District Association.

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 Street
91101 Pasadena, California

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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