National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

poetry month April 2018
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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 26, 2018. 

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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 25.

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Poetry and the Creative Mind


upcoming events

Apr 28 2018

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: The Universe in Verse 2018: Livestream (April 28, live from Brooklyn)

Don't miss The Universe in Verse 2018, brought to you by Maria Popova of Brain Pickings and astrophysicist Janna Levin of Pioneer Works. This celebration of the Earth—from the oceans and trees and volcanos to bees and kale and the armadillo—will feature poems by Maya Angelou, Adrienne Rich, Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Lucille Clifton, Elizabeth Bishop, Denise Levertov, Walt Whitman, and more, read by musicians Amanda Palmer, Zoe Keating, and Sean Ono Lennon, astrophysicists Janna Levin and Natalie Batalha, authors A.M. Homes and James Gleick, artist Maira Kalman, bryologist Robin Wall Kimmerer, and actors, writers, and directors America Ferrera, Anna Deavere Smith, and John Cameron Mitchell. Diane Ackerman, Academy Chancellor Emeritus Jane Hishfield, and Academy Chancellor Marie Howe will read their own work. Gracing the evening will be an original poem by Neil Gaiman, composed for the occasion, and a special musical surprise.

The livestream is donated by Kickstarter Live. All proceeds of The Universe in Verse 2018 benefit the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer St
11231 Brooklyn, New York
Apr 22 2018

The Bach Chamber Choir Presents: American Poets on April 22

The Bach Chamber Choir, under the direction of Brian McLinden, presents American Poets:

Experience the imagination of our greatest poets, past and present, as words come to life through lush and lively music interpretations of Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Dana Gioia, Walt Whitman, Edgar Allen Poe, Sara Teasdale, Langston Hughes and more. 

St. Christopher Episcopal Church (7845 N. River Road, River Hills, WI 53217). 

TICKETS: $18 at the door, $17 in advance, $10 for students. $1 discount for seniors (cash or check, please).

For tickets and information call (414) 319-9816 or visit

Admission fee: $18.00
St. Christopher's Episcopal Church
7845 N. River Road
53217 River Hills, Wisconsin
Apr 22 2018

Red Hen Press presents Peggy Shumaker and Maurya Simon

Join us at our brand new Event Space, right here in our offices, for the celebratory book launches for Peggy Shumaker and Maurya Simon! It's an event you won't want to miss!

Red Hen Press
1540 Lincoln Ave
91106 Pasadena, California

recent news and updates

Apr 19 2018
The Talking Chair at Robbins Library
The Talking Chair at the Robbins Library in Arlington, MA features audio recordings of poems written and read by Arlingtonians of all ages and by Arlington Poet Laureate Cathie Desjardins. It was developed by Emily Calvin-Bottis, a digital and interactive experience designer and Arlington resident, with support from the Arlington Cultural Council.
Apr 17 2018
The Poets and Writers Coalition at San Jose State University is celebrating National Poetry Month with the Legacy of Poetry Festival: Celebrating the Poetry of Migration and Diaspora. Recently concluded events include readings by Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winner Peter Balakian, former U. S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, and Lannan Literary Fellow Javier Zamora.


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