National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

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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 carry a poem in their pocket. 
 

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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

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Sep 27 2018

Words That Matter: A Literary Salon featuring Aaron Coleman & Parneshia Jones

Join Aaron Coleman and Parneshia Jones for an evening of poetry at the historic Colvin House in Chicago, Illinois, on September 27, 2018, 7 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by Creative Coworking and Literature for All of Us.
 
Aaron Coleman is a poet and beloved former Literature for All of Us book group leader. Aaron will be reading from his book Threat Come Close, in which he explores his identity as a young black man. Aaron is the author of the chapbook St. Trigger, which won the 2015 Button Poetry Prize, judged by Adrian Matejka, and his first full-length collection, Threat Come Close. He is the winner of the Tupelo Quarterly TQ5 Poetry Contest, The Cincinnati Review Schiff Award, and the American Literary Translator Association’s 2017 Jansen Memorial Fellow. With a donation of $30 or more you can reserve a copy of Threat Come Close. Aaron will be available to sign your copy at the event!
 
Parneshia Jones is the author of Vessel: Poems (Milkweed Editions), winner of the Midwest Book Award. Named one of the “25 Writers to Watch” by the Guild Complex and one of “Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicago” by Newcity Magazine, her work has been anthologized in She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems, edited by Caroline Kennedy and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, edited by Nikky Finney; and featured on PBS Newshour, the Academy of American Poets, and espnW.
 
Colvin House is conveniently located 2 blocks east of the Thorndale el stop (red line).
 
 
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7:00pm
Colvin House
5940 North Sheridan Road
60660 Chicago, Illinois
Sep 25 2018

Readings by Rodney Koeneke and Fred Moten

Rodney Koeneke’s most recent book of poems, Body & Glass, was published by Wave Books in 2018. Other collections include Etruria (Wave Books, 2014), Musee Mechanique (BlazeVOX, 2006), and Rouge State (Pavement Saw Press, 2003). His work has appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, Fence, Granta, Harper’s, Harriet, Nation, Poetry, Zyzzyva, and elsewhere. An early member of the Flarf collective, he was active in the San Francisco Bay Area poetry scene until he moved in 2006 to Portland, Oregon, where he teaches in the history department at Portland State University.

Fred Moten teaches in the department of performance studies at New York University. His most recent work is the trilogy consent not to be a single being, which was published by Duke University Press in 2017–18. He and Stefano Harney are authors of All Incomplete, forthcoming next year from Minor Compositions/Autonomedia. In 2018 Moten received the Roy Lichtenstein Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and was named a United States Artists Writing Fellow.

 
Admission fee: $10.00
6:30pm
Dia:Chelsea
535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor
10011 New York, New York
Sep 25 2018

September U35 Reading Series w/Mass Poetry

September's U35 will be held at Trident Booksellers & Cafe, and will feature Noah Augustine, Thomas Mixon, and Melissa "Meezy" Saunders.

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7:30pm
Trident Booksellers & Cafe
338 Newbury Street
02115 Boston, Massachusetts

recent news and updates

Apr 26 2018
The Atrocious Poets, a poetry collective based in Woodstock, Illinois, is observing National Poetry Month with One City, One Poet. This year's celebration aims to bring the life and legacy of "the people's poet" Carl Sandburg to the streets of Woodstock.
Apr 24 2018
The Howard County Poetry & Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) is partnering with Howard Community College to present the tenth annual Blackbird Poetry Festival on April 26, 2018, in Howard County, Columbia, Maryland.