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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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 20 2018

Poetry Reading -- Brian Sneeden

The University of  Connecticut’s Creative Writing Program is pleased to announce that author Brian Sneeden will read from his work for all who are interested on Thursday, September 20th, 2018. The reading will take place at 6:00 pm in the UConn Bookstore in Storrs Center. 
Brian Sneeden is the author of the poetry collection Last City (2018). In 2018, he was a PEN/Heim recipient and his poems and translations have appeared in Asymptote, Beloit Poetry Journal, Harvard Review, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other publications. Translations of his poems have been published in international magazines in Greek, Italian, Albanian, and Serbian. His translation of Phoebe Giannisi’s collection Homerica (2017) was selected by Anne Carson as a favorite book of 2017 in the Paris Review. Brian received his MFA from the University of Virginia, where he held a Poe/Faulkner Fellowship in creative writing and served as poetry editor for Meridian. He is a PhD student in poetry and translation studies at the University of Connecticut, where he serves as senior editor of New Poetry in Translation.
The Creative Writing Program aims to introduce and engage both undergraduate and graduate students in various writing courses including fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, drama, screenwriting, and more. These courses are offered to students of all majors in order to engage and include all that are interested in joining this growing creative writing community at the University of Connecticut. 
The reading, co-sponsored by the Aetna Chair of Writing, the UConn Creative Writing Program and the UConn Bookstore, is free and open to the public. The UConn Bookstore is located at One Royce Circle, 101 Storrs Center, and can be contacted at 860-486-8525. For more information, please visit the Creative Writing Program’s website at ASL interpreters and live captions will be available.

UCONN Bookstore, Storrs Center
2075 Hillside Rd
06269 Storrs, Connecticut
Sep 20 2018

Poetry off the Shelf: Kundiman Reading

Enjoy an evening with Kundiman fellows and explore the diverse world of contemporary American poetry.
Joseph O. Legaspi cofounded Kundiman, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature. He is the author of the poetry collections Threshold and Imago and three chapbooks: Postcard; Aviary, Bestiary; and Subways.
Suman Chhabra is a multi-genre cellist, writer, and the author of Demons Off. Her work has been supported by the Vermont Studio Center, Ragdale, TAYO, and the Massachusetts Review, among others.
Duy Ba Doan is the author of We Play a Game, winner of the 2017 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. His work has appeared in Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Slate, and TriQuarterly.
Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
60654 Chicago, Illinois

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.