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

Jan 24 2018

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Danez Smith's Don't Call Us Dead

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.

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

Admission fee: $18.00
Kings Place, Hall 2
90 York Way
N1 9AG London
Jan 24 2018

Beats, Bards, and Balladeers: Suppose An Eyes Reading

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 Walk
19104 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jan 24 2018

And/With: Baseera Khan, Göksu Kunak, Maryam Monalisa Gharavi

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.
Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer St
Red Hook
11231 Brookyn, 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