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 carry a poem in their pocket.
Poetry & the Creative Mind
The 2018 annual gala was held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 25.
Feb 19 2019
Hear established and emerging poets read their poetry as Bryant Park Poetry goes indoors for the winter. This month's program is presented in partnership with Get Fresh Books LLC.
Featuring the poets: Victor Alcindor, Marina Carreira, Darla Himeles, and Lynne McEniry.
Kinokuniya Bookstore provides a warm environment where you’ll meet other poetry aficionados. Located at 1073 Avenue of the Americas, between West 40th and West 41st Streets. The bookstore sits opposite Bryant Park. Books are available for purchase and for signing by the poets.
Winter Poetry readings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, January - April, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Readings are free and open to the public.
*Please note: programs are subject to change
1073 Avenue of the Americas10018 New York, New York
between West 40th and West 41st Streets
Feb 19 2019
Join Ross Gay and Eve L. Ewing for a conversation on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 6:30 p.m., at the American Writers Museum in Chicago, Illinois.
Admission fee: $12.00
American Writers Museum
180 N Michigan Avenue, 2nd Floor60601 Chicago, Illinois
Feb 21 2019
Acclaimed for her own hybrid lyric-narrative long poems that explore wide-ranging experience, from working-class America to sex and love, poet Dorianne Laux discusses two long, discursive poems—by Deborah Digges and Larry Levis—examining how the personal “I” is used to disclose much and yet retain a sense of mystery.
Admission: $10 regular admisison, $7 students and seniors, free for members.
Poets House is an ADA accessible building.
Admission fee: $10.00
10 River Terrace10282 New York, New York