National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

poetry month April 2017
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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 27. 

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poetry & the Creative Mind

This year's annual gala was held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 19.

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Poetry and the Creative Mind


upcoming events

Jul 29 2017

Second Annual Chicago Poetry Block Party

Poetry Foundation, Crescendo Literary, and the National Museum of Mexican Art host the Chicago Poetry Block Party, a festival of poetry, music, art, and community on 19th Street and Wolcott Avenue in Pilsen. Guests of all ages can participate in writing workshops, visual art activities, games, and a dance party, enjoy poetry readings and musical performances, and take home free books and journals. 
Performers include Eve Ewing, Nate Marshall, The Happiness Club, Chicago Mariachi Project, Jarochicanos, You Are Here, Kaina and Akenya. Hosted by Jasmine Alexandria Barber.
Performers and community partners include: Open Books, CHECK/UIC Health, UIC Latino Cultural Center, Contratiempo, Chicago Public Library, Pilsen Alliance,Organized Communities Against Deportations, Chicago Votes, For the People Artists Collective, The Floating Museum, Yollocalli Arts Reach, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization,Young Chicago Authors, and Los Paleteros PR.
19th Street & Wolcott Avenue
60608 Chicago, Illinois
Jul 29 2017

Fort Lauderdale Poetry Reading - Florida Center for the Book & SoFloPoJo

  • South Florida Poetry Journal Monthly Poetry Reading, Book Signing, & Open Mic:  
  • Featuring  poet Mia Leonin ·       
  • Presented with Florida Center for the Book and the Broward Main Library.        
  • Open Mic follows. Saturday 7/29/17 4:00 to 5:30 P.M.
Broward Main Library
100 S Andrews Avenue
6th Floor
33301 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Jul 29 2017

Bay Area Poetry Marathon

At the Bay Area Poetry Marathon, poets from across the U.S. and the Bay Area celebrate innovative poetry in a series of readings throughout the summer.
Co-founded and curated by poet Donna de la Perrière, the Marathon began in Boston in 2001 and has taken place in various gallery and performance venues around San Francisco, including Alley Cat Books, Artists’ Television Access, The Emerald Tablet, The Lab, & The Writer’s Studio at California College of the Arts, since 2004.
Past Marathon readers include Opal Palmer Adisa, Anita Amirrezvani, Rae Armantrout, Dodie Bellamy, Charles Bernstein, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Lee Ann Brown, Xochiquetzal Candelaria, Maxine Chernoff, Norma Cole, Robert Creeley, Diane DiPrima, Joseph Donahue, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Edward Foster, Tonya Foster, Kathleen Fraser, Forrest Gander, C.S. Giscombe, Jewelle Gomez, Noah Eli Gordon, Robert Hass, Lyn Hejinian, Brenda Hillman, Fanny Howe, Kevin Killian, Joseph Lease, Jane Miller, Laura Mullen, Michael Palmer, Aimee Phan, D.A. Powell, Kathryn L. Pringle, Bin Ramke, Lisa Robertson, Elizabeth Robinson, Leslie Scalapino, David Shapiro, Tom Sleigh, Juliana Spahr, Cole Swensen, Anne Waldman, Arisa White, Tyrone Williams, Ronaldo Wilson, C.D. Wright, John Yau, Al Young, Pamela Z, Matthew Zapruder, and many others.
Alley Cat Books
3036 24th St
94110 San Francisco, California

recent news and updates

Apr 28 2017
For National Poetry Month, Academy Chancellor Alberto Ríos is collaborating with Arizona State University (ASU) Now photographers Charlie Leight and Deanna Dent to create “visual sonnets." The project, whose name takes inspiration from the number of lines found in a sonnet, features fourteen photographs and poems.
Apr 19 2017
June Jordan
The Center for Black Literature, the Center for Law and Social Justice, and the Brooklyn Public Library are celebrating National Poetry Month with the program “June Jordan: Reflections on Her Life and Activism.” A poet, playwright, and essayist, June Jordan was the author of numerous poetry c