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 Day, recommending the Dear Poet project to a young person, signing 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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A multimedia educational project that invites young people to write letters in response to poems shared by our Chancellors.
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.
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.
Jan 24 2018
Experience the infectiously powerful and hard-hitting words of American poet Danez Smith, as they bring their most recent collection Don't Call Us Dead to the UK for the first time, on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 7 p.m., at Kings Place. Smith will be joined by UK-based poet Jay Bernard. Activist Imani Robinson will host the event.
Danez Smith is the author of Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017), a finalist for the National Book Award and [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. Danez is also the author of two chapbooks, black movie (Button Poetry, 2015), winner of the Button Poetry Prize, and hands on your knees (Penmanship Books, 2013).
Jay Bernard works as a writer and film programmer at BFI Flare, London’s LGBT film festival. They are the author of three pamphlets, The Red and Yellow Nothing (Ink Sweat & Tears Press, 2016), English Breakfast (Math Paper Press, 2014), and Your Sign is Cuckoo, Girl (tall lighthouse, 2008). Their work has been featured in numerous anthologies and magazines, including TEN: The New Wave, Voice Recognition, Out of Bounds: Black British Writers and Place, and Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology.
Imani Robinson is a London-born, British-Caribbean, and African-American organiser. She has been working collaboratively to strengthen movements and build consciousness about issues concerning anti-black racism, black feminist liberation, LGBQTNI+ rights, and decolonial environmental politics. Imani is deeply invested in liberating minds and livelihoods through art, education, movement-building, and dialogue.
This event is in partnership with Poet in the City and Out-Spoken and is supported by Chatto & Windus.
Admission fee: $18.00
Kings Place, Hall 2
90 York WayN1 9AG London
Jan 24 2018
Suppose An Eyes is an ongoing workshop for poets sponsored by the Kelly Writers House. Formed in 1999, the group meets two evenings per month, providing a workshop for poets to explore, share, and improve their work as part of a supportive community of writers. Though often full, the group is open to anyone interested in writing poetry–any type of poetry, from traditional forms to "found" poetry, flarf, and even computer-generated work. In addition to workshop meetings, Suppose an Eyes participates in readings at various locations in the greater Philadelphia area.
Kelly Writers House
3805 Locust Walk19104 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jan 24 2018
Belladonna* Collaborative presents the first event of their 2018 “And/With” series in collaboration with Pioneer Works, featuring three multidisciplinary artists Baseera Khan, Göksu Kunak, and Maryam Monalisa Gharavi in conversation about writing and artistic practice. New chaplets by each artist will be released and available for purchase.
The event will include a Q&A and wine reception following the conversation, and feature a reading room curated by the artists and organizers.
Belladonna* Collaborative’s programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
159 Pioneer St11231 Brookyn, New York