National Poetry Month

U.S. Poet Laureate and Academy of American Poets Chancellor Juan Felipe Herrera

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about the celebration

about the celebration

This April marked the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, which was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, National Poetry Month 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

Thousands of individuals across the U.S. carried a poem in their pocket on April 21, 2016. 

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poetry & the Creative Mind

Our annual gala was held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 27, 2016.

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Poetry and the Creative Mind


upcoming events

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Sep 28 2016

Juan Felipe Herrera

Join us in the RCAH Theatre for an evening of poetry reading from Juan Felipe Herrera. 

Michigan State University
362 Bogue Street
Snyder Hall
48825 East Lansing, Michigan
Oct 03 2016

Poetry Reading with Ross Gay

CGU's Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards program joins with Fourth Sundays: Poetry at the Claremont Library, to present a poetry reading by Ross Gay, winner of the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. This event is free & open to the public. Books will be for sale, and light refreshments will be provided.
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Claremont Public Library
208 N. Harvard St.
91711 Claremont, California
Oct 14 2016

Nimrod Write Night and Awards Celebration

Join Nimrod International Journal for our first annual Write Night in celebration of the winners and judges of Nimrod's annual writing contest. The evening will feature a special Author Chat with National Book Award Winner Robin Coste Lewis, author of Voyage of the Sable Venus, and National Book Award finalist Angela Flournoy, author of The Turner House, and the 38th Annual Nimrod Literary Awards Ceremony, with readings by Chad B. Anderson, Bryce Emley, Markham Johnson, and Ruth Knafo Setton. The Author Chat, Awards Ceremony, and Book Signing afterward are free and open to the public. An Author Reception featuring all the Conference guest authors will precede the Author Chat and Awards Ceremony.Author Reception Tickets: $50. This includes the Author Reception, a copy of either The Turner House OR Voyage of the Sable Venus, and reserved seating for the Author Chat and Awards Ceremony.Two-Day Pass, including Nimrod Write Night and Saturday Conference: $100.Reservations and payment for the Author Reception alone and the Two-Day Pass must be received by October 7th. No reservations are needed for the Author Chat and Awards Ceremony. One-Day Pass registrants may register up to Late Registration on the 15th.For more information, contact Nimrod at 918-631-3080, or visit the website:

The University of Tulsa
800 South Tucker Drive
74104 Tulsa, Oklahoma

recent news and updates

May 03 2016
Portland Art Museum's Poem in Your Pocket Day Handouts
From poets across the country challenging themselves to write a poem each day in April; to skyward murals of poems on the rooftops of Miami buildings for fliers to see; to students in Seattle, many of whom are refugees, telling their personal stories through poems broadcast on public radio... National Poetry Month is an umbrella for many innovative and inspiring local celebrations of poetry, which, together, reach tens of millions of individuals.
Apr 27 2016
Speedway & Swan is a one-hour free-format radio program that presents contemporary poetry against a context of musical selections. In each episode, creator and host Brian Blanchfield, who won the 2014 James Laughlin Award, is joined in conversation by a rotating cohost who reads a selection of poetry from his or her personal canon, along with poems from recently released poetry collections.


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