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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NPM Sponsors 2019



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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. 

find a poem

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 19 2019

Charlottesville Reading Series: Valencia Robin and Debra Nystrom

Join us for the next installment of the Charlottesville Reading Series, featuring Valencia Robin, who will be reading poetry, and Debra Nystrom, who will be reading prose. Refreshments will be provided. This event will be free and open to the public.
Valencia Robin is the winner of Persea Books’ 2018 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry; her collection, Ridiculous Light, will be published in April 2019. A visual artist as well as poet, her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in TriQuarterly, The St. Petersburg Review, Black Renaissance Noire, Foundry, Kweli, The Cortland Review, and elsewhere. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and the 2014 winner of the Hocking Hills Festival of Poetry Competition. She holds an MFA in Art & Design from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia.
Debra Nystrom teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.  Her books include A Quarter Turn, Torn Sky, Bad River Road, and most recently Night Sky Frequencies: New and Selected Poems. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in Best American Poetry, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, Slate, The American Poetry Review, VQR, Harvard Review, Narrative, Conjunctions, and Yale Review, and have received awards from The Virginia Quarterly Review, Five Points, Shenandoah, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, and The Library of Virginia. She is currently at work on a memoir.
New Dominion Bookshop
404 E Main St
22901 Charlottesville, Virginia
Apr 20 2019

Revival: A Monthly Literary Arts Spotlight

"Revival: A Monthly Literary Arts Spotlight" will feature poets & writers María Luisa Arroyo, Jasmine Jina Ortiz, Shane Robitaille, Marilyn Márquez, Eilish Thompson, and Alvilda Sophia Anaya-Alegría.

Open Mic after intermission. Books for sale by authors. Audience members (18+) warmly welcomed to this reading.

Curated and hosted by María Luisa Arroyo, Springfield's Poet Laureate (2014-2016).

For more information:

Mason Square Branch Library | Community Room
765 State Street
01109 Springfield, Massachusetts
Apr 20 2019

Sidewalk Haiku

Tell our poets about yourself and they’ll write you a haiku-on-demand!
Shout Out Saugerties is pleased to sponsor a celebration of National Poetry Month in April throughout the Village of Saugerties. SOS partners with local groups, individuals, and businesses in offering workshops, discussions, and programs featuring music, literary readings, visual art, crafts, film, stand up comedy, and performance-based arts in an October Festival, as well as in selected events year round.
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Inquiring Minds Bookstore
65 Partition St
12477 Saugerties, New York

recent news and updates

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.
Apr 16 2019
The Kellog-Hubbard Library in Montpelier, Vermont, is bringing back PoemCity, a citywide celebration of National Poetry Month.