National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

poetry month April 2019

about the celebration

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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NPM Sponsors 2019



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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 carry a poem in their pocket. 

find a poem

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poetry & the Creative Mind

The 2018 annual gala was 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

Apr 18 2019

Poetry night at Third Thursday Art Walk

As part of our celebration of National Poetry Month, this reading will feature Mary Eliza Crane, Erika Michael, James Rodgers, Joannie Stangeland, and David D. Horowitz.

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5:00pm to 8:00pm
Edmonds Bookshop
111 5th Ave. South
98020 Edmonds, Washington
Apr 18 2019

Poem in Your Pocket Day Celebration

Marple Library invites you to join us Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m. for a Poem in Your Pocket Day Celebration. 
Carry a poem in your pocket on this day to share with others – we can help find one at the library if you need one.  Then join us for a lively, fun-filled evening of poetry games and informal readings.  Play “People Poetry”, share a favorite poem you’ve read (or even one you’ve written yourself!), and end the session with a guided haiku writing exercise.  This program will be led by Bonnie Neubauer, a poet and the author of several creative writing books.
This event is free and open to all. Space is limited therefore advanced registration is requested. To register for this event, please visit or call the library at (610) 356-1510.T he Marple Public Library is located at the corner of Sproul and Springfield Roads in Broomall.
Marple Public Library
2599 Sproul Road
19008 Broomall, Pennsylvania
Apr 18 2019

Benjamin Bards: A Poetry Workshop

Join us once a month for a free discussion based workshop for poets of all skill levels from teens to adults. Learn about forms and techniques, read and study published authors, and bring and share your own works for constructive criticism. Each month will focus on different topics or give you a chance to work on revisions. To register call 336-373-7540.

7:00pm to 8:30pm
Benjamin Branch Library
1530 Benjamin Parkway
27408 Greensboro, North Carolina

recent news and updates

Apr 18 2019
Launched in 2011, Northfield, Minnesota’s Sidewalk Poetry initiative showcases new poems by its residents on pedestrian walkways each year. The poems, selected from a contest judged by a panel of local artists and civic leaders, are published and broadcasted by KYMN Radio in April. And in May, weather permitting, poems will be imprinted on Northfield’s sidewalks.
Apr 16 2019
The Kellog-Hubbard Library in Montpelier, Vermont, is bringing back PoemCity, a citywide celebration of National Poetry Month.