National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

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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sponsors & partners 


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get involved

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


upcoming events

Dec 12 2017

LIC Reading Series: Ashley Ford, Abeer Hoque, Sarah Perry, & Jason Tougaw

Let's talk memoir! It's a special night at LIC Reading Series - we will have FOUR writers reading from their work and taking part in a panel discussion about their memoirs.
Closest subway: 7/E/M/G to Court Square
Books will be for sale at the event courtesy the Astoria Bookshop.
Raffle prizes for the audience!
A fire in the fireplace!
About our readers:
ASHLEY C. FORD lives in Brooklyn by way of Indiana. She is (mostly) a writer, editor, and public speaker. She is currently writing a memoir, and hosting Brooklyn-based news & culture show, 112BK. Ford has written or guest-edited for The Guardian, ELLE, BuzzFeed, Slate, Teen Vogue, New York Magazine, Lenny Letter, and various other web and print publications. She also taught creative non-fiction writing at The New School and Ford previously worked as a development executive for Matter Studios, where she focused on web series and documentaries, and was also the host of the first season of's literary interview series, Authorized. She has been named among Forbes Magazine's 2017 30 Under 30 in Media, and Brooklyn Magazine's 2016 Brooklyn 100.
ABEER Y. HOQUE is a Nigerian born Bangladeshi American writer and photographer. She likes sliding doors and choosing your own adventure. Her books include a travel photography and poetry monograph (The Long Way Home, 2013), a linked collection of stories, poems, and photographs (The Lovers and the Leavers, 2015), and a memoir (Olive Witch, 2017). See more at
SARAH PERRY holds an M.F.A. in nonfiction from Columbia University, where she served as publisher of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art and was a member of the journal's nonfiction editorial board. She is the recipient of a Writers’ Fellowship from the Edward F. Albee Foundation and a Javits Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education, and has attended residencies at Norton Island in Maine and PLAYA in Oregon. Perry’s prose has appeared in Blood & Thunder magazine, Bluestockings Literary Journal,, and The Guardian. Her memoir After the Eclipse was published in Fall 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She lives in Brooklyn.
JASON TOUGAW is a professor of literature at City University of New York. He is the author of two nonfiction books, Strange Cases: The Medical Case History and the British Novel and Touching Brains: Literary Experiments in 21st-Century Neuromania. Tougaw’s memoir The One You Get: Portrait of a Family Organism is the winner of the 2017 Dzanc Nonfiction Prize. Excerpts from The One You Get have appeared in Boys to Men: Gay Men Write about Growing Up and Electra Street: A Journal of the Arts and Humanities. He blogs about the relationship between art and science at
This event is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
45-58 Vernon Blvd
11101 Long Island City, New York
Dec 13 2017

A Memorial for John Ashbery

Featuring Elizabeth Hazan, Ann Lauterbach, Dara Wier, Trevor Winkfield and musical performances by Dashon Burton and the Brentano String Quartet.
Longtime friends and fellow artists pay tribute to the life and work of poet John Ashbery, who died in September at the age of 90. Co-sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, PennSound, Poets House and the Poetry Society of America.
This event is free. You must reserve your tickets online or the 92Y Box Office.
Kaufmann Concert Hall, 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave
Dec 13 2017

BETTER READ THAN DEAD: Booksellers Read from their Shelves

Booksellers are unsung heroes of the poetry universe. More than independent, purveyors of out-of-print, hand-stapled or sewn, barely printed materials that circulate among us keep works alive outside the interest and view of regular commerce. 
Jen Fisher (Vortexity Books, Ave A & 8th), Hadley Gitto (Book Disorder, Bushwick) and Dave Morse and Matty D'Angelo (Book Row, 867 Broadway, Bushwick) read from their collections and offer some rare finds for sale.
General Admission: $8
Students/Seniors: $7
Members: $5 or free; no one turned away for inability to pay
Admission fee: $8.00
St Mark's Church
131 E 10th Street

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