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 27.
Poetry & the Creative Mind
This year's annual gala was held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 19.
Apr 30 2017
Georgia Book Award winner, Alice Friman, and Sean Sexton, Poet Laureate of Indian River County, Florida, will read from their work.
Aiken County Historical Museum
433 Newberry St. SW29801 Aiken, South Carolina
Apr 30 2017
Come celebrate national Poetry Month & the release of Nancy Chen Long's 'Light into Bodies,' winner of the 2016 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. Long will be joined by poets Rachel Sahaidachny and J.T. Whitehead.
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9 S. Johnson Ave.46219 Indianapolis, Indiana
Apr 30 2017
A House Divided unites artists, writers, thinkers, and politicos in a one-of-a-kind event that speaks to these divisive times in our nation, not necessarily to find a solution, but to bring the creative community into the Public Dialogue. With Paul Auster, Amina Baraka, Yusef Komunyakaa, Marilyn Nelson, Richard Serra, Anne Waldman, Siri Hustvedt, Marie Ponsot, Mónica de la Torre, Ocean Vuong, Natalie Diaz, Bob Holman, and Stefan Bondell. You can get reserve your spot by clicking here. The event will also be livestreamed via penamerica.org and Facebook Live.
The Great Hall 7 at The Cooper Union
East 7th Street10003 New York, New York
Between Third and Fourth Avenues