National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

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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

The 2018 annual gala will be held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 28.
 

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Poetry and the Creative Mind

 

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Nov 25 2017

#PoetryNear You Pick of the Week: Segue Reading Series presents Peggy Robles-Alvarado + Paul Tran

Join poets Peggy Robles-Alvarado and Paul Tran as they read from their work at Zinc Bar, 82nd W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012, on November 15, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
 
Peggy Robles-Alvarado is a two-time International Latino Book Award winner & an MFA candidate at Pratt Institute. She authored Conversations With My Skin, Homenaje A Las Guerreras, & The Abuela Stories Project. She edited the anthology, Mujeres, The Magic, The Movement, and The Muse. Contact her at robleswrites.com.
 
Paul Tran is Poetry Editor at The Offing & Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow in the Writing Program at Washington University in St. Louis. Their work appears in The New Yorker, Prairie Schooner, MTV, & elsewhere.
 
$5 admission goes to support the readers. The Segue Reading Series is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by the support of The Segue Foundation. For more information, please visit www.seguefoundation.com or call (212) 614-0505. 
 

To be considered for #PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week, we invite you to become a registered user of Poets.org and use our online calendar Poetry Near You to promote local events in your community.

Admission fee: $5.00
4:30pm
Zinc Bar
82 W 3rd St (bet. Thompson & Sullivan Sts.)
10012 New York, New York
Nov 20 2017

PoeTree

Do you enjoy reading and writing poetry? Then join us for a lively discussion of the art. Whether you're a novice writer or a professional poet, the PoeTree Club welcomes you.
 
Contact: info@sapl.org
6:00pm
Igo Library
13330 Kyle Seale Pkwy.
78249 San Antonio, Texas
Nov 20 2017

KGB: Monday Night Poetry - Chase Berggrun + Sarah Gambito

Chase Berggrun is a trans poet. They are the author of R E D, forthcoming from Birds, LLC in 2017, and the chapbook Discontent and Its Civilizations: Poems of Erasure, published by jubilat in 2012. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Lambda Literary Spotlight, Pinwheel, PEN Poetry Series, Sixth Finch, Diagram, The Offing, Prelude, Apogee, Beloit Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. They received their MFA from New York University. They are former poetry editor at Washington Square Review, and current poetry editor at Big Lucks.
 
Sarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Delivered (Persea Books) and Matadora (Alice James Books). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, The Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, The New Republic, Field, Quarterly West, Fence and other journals. She holds degrees from The University of Virginia and The Literary Arts Program at Brown University. Her honors include the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets and Writers and grants and fellowships from The New York Foundation for the Arts, Urban Artists Initiative and The MacDowell Colony.  She is Associate Professor of English / Director of Creative Writing at Fordham University and co-founder of Kundiman, a non-profit organization serving Asian American writers.
 
 
7:00pm
KGB Bar
85 E 4th St
10003 New York, New York

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

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