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. 

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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

Apr 26 2019 to Apr 28 2019

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival

On April 26 to 28, 2019, join celebrated poets Anne Carson, Hala Alyan, Ilya Kaminsky, Matthea Harvey, and many others for Sarah Lawrence College's annual poetry festival in Bronxville, New York. The weekend includes craft talks, panels, book signings, receptions, open mics, and more.

All events are free and open to the public, but registration is requested:

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To be considered for #PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week, we invite you to become a registered user of and use our online calendar Poetry Near You to promote local events in your community.

6:00pm to 5:00pm
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Various venues within campus
10708 Bronxville, New York
Apr 22 2019


On Earth Day, The Poetry Project will host the East Coast launch of Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing Within the Anthropocene, edited by Linda Russo and Marthe Reed and published by Wesleyan University Press. Join editor Linda Russo and contributors Thom Donovan, Marcella Durand, Brenda Iijima, E.J. McAdams, Evelyn Reilly, and Asiya Wadud as they share their terms, repurposed words, and neologisms from the collective glossary that map approaches to the interlinked social, economic, and environmental forces that shape relations between places, individuals, and other species imperiled in the Anthropocene. Event will include contributor readings/performances and a roundtable.

Admission fee: $8.00
The Poetry Project
131 East 10th Street
10003 New York, New York
Apr 23 2019

Celebrating Kentucky Writers (and poets who wish they were from Ky)

Works by vintage Kentucky favorites like Robert Penn Warren and Wendell Berry will be featured, along with works by others, including Kentucky's newest Poet Laureate, Jeff Worley.  

Calloway County Public Library Program Coordinator Sandy Linn said, “We are committed to promoting literacy through family-oriented activities, and are especially pleased to host a multi-generational event that connects to National Poetry Month. This is the second year in a row we are celebrating this way, and the response has been so positive, we hope to continue the ritual for many years to come.”

Readers can sign up in advance by contacting Constance Alexander, at [email protected].

An award-winning poet and writer, Ms. Alexander is working with Mrs. Linn to coordinate the April 23 program and recruit participants of all ages and backgrounds. A recipient of a Governor’s Award for her work in media, Alexander’s love of poetry goes all the way back to grade 4, when she won her first poetry contest.

“The efforts of the Calloway County Public Library’s on behalf of poetry are a reminder of the importance of literacy in celebrating, preserving and promoting the rich cultural heritage of Kentucky. Public libraries, of course, are a logical place to bring these shared values together.” 

The event in Murray is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mrs. Sandy Linn at 270-753-2288, or email her at [email protected]. The library is located at 710 Main Street in Murray, KY.

Calloway County Pubic Library
710 Main Street
42071 Murray, Kentucky

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.