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

Apr 27 2017

The Poetry Project 50th Anniversary Gala Honoring Anne Waldman

The Poetry Project will host its first-ever gala in celebration of its 50th anniversary on Thursday, April 27, 2017. The gala will honor Anne Waldman for her radical and inspiring contributions to international contemporary poetry and activism, and for her past leadership of The Poetry Project. The evening will include performances by composer and performance artist Laurie Anderson, writer and vocalist LaTasha Diggs, and choreographer Yoshiko Chuma.

For 50 years, The Poetry Project has been devoted to poetry as a way of life, supporting poets, inclusivity, curiosity, and community. The arts and other expressions of liberty are under attack. The Poetry Project's 50th Anniversary Gala will be a celebration of the arts as urgent resistance and brilliance.

Anne Waldman has published more than 40 books of poetry, including the monumental feminist epic, The Iovis Trilogy (Coffee House Press, 2011). She is a poet and teacher, and with Allen Ginsberg co-founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, in 1974. She was the Artistic Director of The Poetry Project from 1968 to 1978. Over the course of her career, Waldman has been an active member of the Outrider experimental poetry community as a writer, performer, collaborator, professor, editor, scholar, and cultural/political activist. To learn more, visit her website at

Host Committee: Rosemary Carroll (Chair), Elinor Nauen (Co-Chair), Lee Ann Brown and Tony Torn, Yoshiko Chuma, William Corbett, Will Creeley, Ted Dodson, Stephen Facey, E. Tracy Grinnell, Molly Gross, Bob Holman, Vincent Katz, Nathan Kernan and Thomas Whiteridge, Annabel Lee, Rachel Levitsky, Gillian McCain, Anna Moschovakis, Eileen Myles, Tracie Morris, James Sherry, Patricia Spears Jones, Pat Steir, and Edwin Torres.

Event details

7pm: Cocktail party

8pm: Toast by Ron Padgett, performances hosted by Bob Holman
9:30pm: After-party with DJ A. Radovski

The event will be held at The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, 131 East 10th Street, at Second Avenue, in Manhattan. Gala tickets are $150. After-party only tickets: $25. Tickets can be purchased online at All proceeds support the artistic programs of The Poetry Project.

Gala Sponsors: Carroll, Guido & Groffman, LLC, Committee on Poetry, Ingram, Justin Jamail, McNally Jackson Books, Elinor Nauen & Johnny Stanton, and Nine Cakes.

About The Poetry Project

Founded in 1966 by the late poet and translator Paul Blackburn, The Poetry Project has been a crucial venue for new and experimental poetry for five decades. It has grown from a grassroots organization to an internationally regarded treasure with its archives housed at the Library of Congress.

Located at the historic St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, The Poetry Project hosts three distinct reading/performance series, plus talks and special events, providing a platform for internationally renowned poets and multidisciplinary artists, as well as open mic events. Through its “Emerge-Surface-Be” program, it offers nine-month mentorships, including stipends, to promising emerging poets. It also publishes a newsletter and occasional volumes of poetry, and maintains an extensive tape and document archive. For more information about The Poetry Project, visit

Admission fee: $150.00
The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church
131 E 10th St
10003 New York, New York
Apr 27 2017

National Poetry Month open-mic event

Poetry is a powerful vehicle for celebrating and sharing our personal narratives.  This April we’re joining Minneapolis-based Milkweed Editions and other independent booksellers across the state to commemorate the fusion of art and history.  We’re inviting poets of all ages and experience levels to share their favorites –published or original– during our first annual Poem in Your Pocket Day open-mic event.  

Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks and workplaces.  We’d love to hear you recite your selection at the History Center.  

Beltrami County History Center
130 Minnesota Ave SW
56601 Bemidji, Minnesota
Apr 27 2017

The Poetry Brothel at The Strand

The Poetry Brothel is a unique and immersive poetry event that takes poetry outside classrooms and lecture halls and places it in the lush interiors of a bordello. The Poetry Brothel presents a rotating cast of poets, each operating within a carefully crafted character, who impart their work in public readings, spontaneous eruptions of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private poetry readings on beds, chaise lounges, and in private rooms. For a small fee, all of the poets are available for these sequestered readings at any time during the event. Of course, any true brothel needs a good cover; The Poetry Brothel's is an immersive cabaret, offering live music, burlesque, magic, vaudeville, and fortune-tellers, with newly integrated themes, performances, and installations at each event.

Line Up will be announced soon, and you can get more details here

Come for the happy hour from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., where your first drink is on The Strand. The show will start at 8 p.m.

The event is presented in conjunction with National Poetry Month, the world's largest literary celebration, now in its 21st year.

You can purchase a $50 ticket, which will include a $10 gift card to Strand, a small book of poetry, and admission to the event. You can also purchase a VIP ticket for $75 and include a gift bag, 2 private readings, and more. The event will be located in the Strand's 3rd floor Rare Book Room. Guest entry at 826 Broadway at 12th Street. 

Admission fee: $50.00
The Strand
828 Broadway
10003 New York , New York

recent news and updates

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
Apr 21 2017
Since 2008, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Eat Local :: Read Local has been celebrating the partnership between local restaurants and lovers of poetry in Milwaukee and Madison. Eat Local :: Read Local distributes printed poems to local restaurants for diners to enjoy during National Poetry Month. 


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