about the celebration
This April marks 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.
Please join 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 Day, recommending the Dear Poet project to a young person, signing 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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A multimedia educational project that invites young people to write letters in response to poems shared by our Chancellors.
Poem in Your Pocket Day
Thousands of individuals across the U.S. carried a poem in their pocket on April 21, 2016.
Poetry & the Creative Mind
Our annual gala was held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 27, 2016.
Apr 30 2016
Students ages 7-15 are invited to participate in a FREE Earth month themed writing workshop hosted by Writers in the Schools (WITS) at IKEA Houston. Children are guided by professional authors to unleash their inner writer and go home with an expressive piece.
3:00pm to 5:00pm
IKEA Houston | Upstairs Cafeteria
7810 Katy Fwy77024 Houston, Texas
Apr 30 2016
About the poet:
“A fascinating artist, poet, singer, author, composer...” - The Republican
3:00pm to 4:00pm
West Springfield Public Library
200 Park Street01089 West Springfield, Massachusetts
Apr 30 2016
300 teenage poets, from 50 schools across Southern California will compete in GET LIT’s annual Classic Slam—the nation’s largest teen poetry festival and the only one to combine classic and original spoken-word poetry as competitive categories. Teenagers compete to take home cash prizes and scholarships. Top performers earn invitations to audition for the award-winning poetry troupe, the GET LIT Players, who have performed for the United Nations and the White House.
ABOUT GET LIT: Celebrating its 10th anniversary, GET LIT, a world renowned, in-school literacy program that empowers students through self-expression, language and art. Combining classic poetry with original spoken-word responses, GET LIT’s nationally recognized model is a low-cost solution to keep arts education alive, especially in at-risk communities accustomed to fostering some of life’s toughest circumstances.
7:00pm to 10:00pm
842 S Broadway90014 Los Angeles, California