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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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

This year's annual gala was held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 19.

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Poetry and the Creative Mind


upcoming events

Apr 30 2017

The Cowboy and the City Girl Southern Poetry Tour

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. SW
29801 Aiken, South Carolina
Apr 30 2017

Poetry in the Afternoon featuring Nancy Chen Long, Rachel Sahaidachny, and J.T. Whitehead

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.

For more information, visit us on Facebook.

9 S. Johnson Ave.
46219 Indianapolis, Indiana
Apr 30 2017

A House Divided

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 and Facebook Live. 

The Great Hall 7 at The Cooper Union
East 7th Street
Between Third and Fourth Avenues
10003 New York, 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


Apr 29 2017
“Today’s poem “[taking away taking away everything]” by Rachel Zucker, via the In Their Own Words series #npm17”
Apr 29 2017
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Apr 29 2017
“The Slithery Dee 29.6 --(attributed to Shel Silverstein & folk tales) #pblibrary_ #npm17 #poetrymonth #poetry”
Apr 29 2017
“The Slithery Dee 29.5 The Slithery Dee Oh where can he be? He ate all the others But he’ll never eat….SLURP! #pblibrary_ #npm17 #poetry”
Apr 29 2017
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Apr 29 2017
“The Slithery Dee 29.4 The Slithery Dee He went back to the sea He ate all the others But he didn’t eat me #pblibrary_ #npm17 #poetry”