National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

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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National Poetry Month Sponsors



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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

Sep 23 2018

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Tardeada of Nuyorican Poetry & Culture

On Sunday, September 23, 2018, 2:30 p.m., take part in “Tardeada of Nuyorican Poetry & Culture,” a poetry reading, discussion, and Q&A, with Victor Hernández Cruz, Lydia Cortes, Mariposa Fernández, Felipe Luciano, Nancy Mercado, Urayoán Noel, Willie Perdomo, and Edwin Torres, and moderator Ed Morales, at the Harlem Arts Salon in New York, New York.

Admission ($30) includes a copy of Victor Hernández Cruz’s latest book of poems, Beneath the Spanish (Coffee House Press, October 2017), plus food & wine.

Seated is limited. Contact (212)-749-7771 or [email protected] for more information. 

Subways: B, C, 2, 3 trains to 116 Street. BUS: M2, M7 to 116th Street  & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. Located in the Graham Court Apartments in Harlem.

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Admission fee: $30.00
Harlem Arts Salon
1925 7th Ave (between 116 & 117 Sts), Ste 7L
10026 New York, New York
Sep 27 2018

Words That Matter: A Literary Salon featuring Aaron Coleman & Parneshia Jones

Join Aaron Coleman and Parneshia Jones for an evening of poetry at the historic Colvin House in Chicago, Illinois, on September 27, 2018, 7 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by Creative Coworking and Literature for All of Us.
Aaron Coleman is a poet and beloved former Literature for All of Us book group leader. Aaron will be reading from his book Threat Come Close, in which he explores his identity as a young black man. Aaron is the author of the chapbook St. Trigger, which won the 2015 Button Poetry Prize, judged by Adrian Matejka, and his first full-length collection, Threat Come Close. He is the winner of the Tupelo Quarterly TQ5 Poetry Contest, The Cincinnati Review Schiff Award, and the American Literary Translator Association’s 2017 Jansen Memorial Fellow. With a donation of $30 or more you can reserve a copy of Threat Come Close. Aaron will be available to sign your copy at the event!
Parneshia Jones is the author of Vessel: Poems (Milkweed Editions), winner of the Midwest Book Award. Named one of the “25 Writers to Watch” by the Guild Complex and one of “Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicago” by Newcity Magazine, her work has been anthologized in She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems, edited by Caroline Kennedy and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, edited by Nikky Finney; and featured on PBS Newshour, the Academy of American Poets, and espnW.
Colvin House is conveniently located 2 blocks east of the Thorndale el stop (red line).
To be considered for #PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week, we invite you to become a registered user of for free and to use our online calendar Poetry Near You to promote local events in your community.
Colvin House
5940 North Sheridan Road
60660 Chicago, Illinois
Sep 23 2018

Omnidawn Poetry Salon

An afternoon of reading and conversation with two Omnidawn poets: Academy of American Poets Harold Taylor prize winner Kimberly Reyes and Joseph Rios, plus music from Hectorine. Snacks and libations provided. Please email [email protected] if you'd like to attend.  

Pacific Felt Factory
2830 20th St
94110 San Francisco , California

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.