National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

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poetry month April 2017
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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 will carry a poem in their pocket on April 27. 
 

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poetry & the Creative Mind

This year's annual gala was held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 19.
 

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Poetry and the Creative Mind

 

upcoming events

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Aug 18 2017

Open Mic Night 2017

Our Open Mic Nights, the 3rd Friday of each month, will give you an opportunity to share your words, music or comedy in a nurturing, comfortable space with some great people.
 
Bill Buschel is your host for the evening.
Admission fee: $5.00
9:00pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center
300 Riverside Dr.
10591 New York, New York
Aug 19 2017

Johns Creek Poetry Group Meets This Morning

The Johns Creek Poetry Group will feature local poet Karen Paul Holmes, who will read from her recent work and do a workshop on poetry submissions on Saturday, August 19.She founded/hosts the Side Door Poets group in Atlanta. In 2012, she received an Elizabeth George Foundation emerging writer grant for poetry. Her publishing credits include a number of journals and anthologies. Adults and students 10 years of age and older are welcome.

10:15am
Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch Library
9560 Spruill Road
30022 Alpharetta, Georgia
Aug 19 2017

Main Library Poetry Circle: Haiku and Other Japanese Poetry

Join us for monthly poetry discussions, led by docents from the UA Poetry Center. The event is free, and no preparation or knowledge of poetry is necessary. This event takes place at the Joel D Valdez Main Library. 
 
Everyone is welcome to attend as we read from favorite poets, learn about new poets and share our views. Each participant will receive a packet of the poems to be read and discussed, sourced from the Poetry Center's world-renowned collection.
 
This month's poems will feature Japanese poetry, including haiku.
10:30am
Joel D Valdez Main Library at University of Arizona Poetry Center
101 N Stone Ave
85701 Tucson, Arizona

recent news and updates

Apr 27 2017
For National Poetry Month, Academy Chancellor Alberto Ríos is collaborating with Arizona State University (ASU) Now photographers Charlie Leight and Deanna Dent to create “visual sonnets." The project, whose name takes inspiration from the number of lines found in a sonnet, features fourteen photographs and poems.
Apr 18 2017
June Jordan
The Center for Black Literature, the Center for Law and Social Justice, and the Brooklyn Public Library are celebrating National Poetry Month with the program “June Jordan: Reflections on Her Life and Activism.” A poet, playwright, and essayist, June Jordan was the author of numerous poetry c

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