National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

poetry month April 2019

about the celebration

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

Apr 26 2019 to Apr 28 2019

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival

On April 26 to 28, 2019, join celebrated poets Anne Carson, Hala Alyan, Ilya Kaminsky, Matthea Harvey, and many others for Sarah Lawrence College's annual poetry festival in Bronxville, New York. The weekend includes craft talks, panels, book signings, receptions, open mics, and more.

All events are free and open to the public, but registration is requested:

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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.

6:00pm to 5:00pm
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Various venues within campus
10708 Bronxville, New York
Apr 23 2019

Celebrating Kentucky Writers (and poets who wish they were from Ky)

Works by vintage Kentucky favorites like Robert Penn Warren and Wendell Berry will be featured, along with works by others, including Kentucky's newest Poet Laureate, Jeff Worley.  

Calloway County Public Library Program Coordinator Sandy Linn said, “We are committed to promoting literacy through family-oriented activities, and are especially pleased to host a multi-generational event that connects to National Poetry Month. This is the second year in a row we are celebrating this way, and the response has been so positive, we hope to continue the ritual for many years to come.”

Readers can sign up in advance by contacting Constance Alexander, at [email protected].

An award-winning poet and writer, Ms. Alexander is working with Mrs. Linn to coordinate the April 23 program and recruit participants of all ages and backgrounds. A recipient of a Governor’s Award for her work in media, Alexander’s love of poetry goes all the way back to grade 4, when she won her first poetry contest.

“The efforts of the Calloway County Public Library’s on behalf of poetry are a reminder of the importance of literacy in celebrating, preserving and promoting the rich cultural heritage of Kentucky. Public libraries, of course, are a logical place to bring these shared values together.” 

The event in Murray is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mrs. Sandy Linn at 270-753-2288, or email her at [email protected]. The library is located at 710 Main Street in Murray, KY.

Calloway County Pubic Library
710 Main Street
42071 Murray, Kentucky
Apr 23 2019

Poetry off the Shelf: Natasha Trethewey & Charles Wright

Experience an evening of poetry with two former US poets laureate. An award-winning poet and Academy of American Poets Chancellor, Natasha Trethewey has authored five collections of poetry, including Monument and Domestic Work. Winner of the inaugural Cave Canem Poetry Prize, she currently serves as a board of trustees professor of English in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. Pulitzer Prize–winner Charles Wright has published more than 20 books of poetry, including his latest, Oblivion Banjo: The Poems of Charles Wright. Additional honors include a National Book Critics Circle Award, a National Book Award, a Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and a Griffin International Poetry Prize.

Poetry Foundation
61 W Superior St
60654 Chicago, Illinois

recent news and updates

Apr 23 2019
Residents of Minot, North Dakota, are celebrating National Poetry Month with Poetry Palooza, co-presented by Full STEAM Ahead, Humanities North Dakota, and the Minot Public Library. Recently concluded programs include an open mic hosted by Classic Rock Coffee and a poetry and pottery workshop. Poetry Palooza's final event will be an ice cream social and reading at Main Street Books on April 27. Visit Poetry Palooza to learn more.
Apr 18 2019
Launched in 2011, Northfield, Minnesota’s Sidewalk Poetry initiative showcases new poems by its residents on pedestrian walkways each year. The poems, selected from a contest judged by a panel of local artists and civic leaders, are published and broadcasted by KYMN Radio in April. And in May, weather permitting, poems will be imprinted on Northfield’s sidewalks.