National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

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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 carry a poem in their pocket. 
 

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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

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Jan 22 2019

CLMP Face Out Emerging Writers Showcase

Featured authors include Youmna Chlala (The Paper Camera, Litmus Press); T’ai Freedom Ford (& more black, Augury Books); Shiv Kotecha (The Switch, Wonder); and Zahra Patterson (Chronology, Ugly Duckling Presse). Wine reception to follow.

For over 50 years, The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) has been the service organization for small independent literary publishers across the nation and beyond. CLMP is proud to bring readers and writers of literature—including print, digital, and online publishers—together in the true spirit of community. With support from the Jerome Foundation, CLMP's Face Out Program empowers writers and their publishers by sharing essential tools that enhance digital visibility and marketing presence. Greenlight is excited to host a showcase of this year’s emerging writers introduced by editors from their presses. 

7:30pm
Greenlight Bookstore, Fort Greene
686 Fulton St
11217-1609 Brooklyn, New York
Jan 24 2019

POETRY NIGHT at Opolis

Join us for the first Opolis Poetry Night.  Our Vegan | Vegetarian Kitchen and Full Bar opens at 6 p.m., and we are hoping to start readings at 7 p.m. Please bring and share what you write.
 
6:00pm
Opolis
113 North Crawford
73069 Norman, Oklahoma
Jan 26 2019

Grief, and What Comes After Book Launch Party

The poet Ailey O’Toole will be reading from her debut collection, Grief, and What Comes After (Rhythm & Bones Press, 2018).

This fierce first collection, a compilation of pain, rejuvenation and rebirth, pioneers landscapes of forgiveness, where Ailey O’Toole’s poems ascend to create a resting place of self-compassion and atonement. Follow along as O’Toole recounts her journey from emotional decimation to a place of redemption and self-love. Her shuttles of reckoning dive-bomb and crash, but never fail to pull passengers from the wreckage. These poems are a punch to the gut, a heart beating on the page, a nightmare turned daydream, as Ailey O’Toole buries what we hope to find and helps us see grace in the wild. How do we heal after re-injuring ourselves the same way? Following any major collapse, O’Toole helps us to find resiliency within ourselves in her debut collection.

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7:00pm
Big Blue Marble Bookstore
551 Carpenter Lane
19119 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

recent news and updates

Apr 26 2018
The Atrocious Poets, a poetry collective based in Woodstock, Illinois, is observing National Poetry Month with One City, One Poet. This year's celebration aims to bring the life and legacy of "the people's poet" Carl Sandburg to the streets of Woodstock.
Apr 24 2018
The Howard County Poetry & Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) is partnering with Howard Community College to present the tenth annual Blackbird Poetry Festival on April 26, 2018, in Howard County, Columbia, Maryland.