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 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 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

Apr 30 2016

FREE Workshop at IKEA Houston

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 Fwy
77024 Houston, Texas
Apr 30 2016


About the poet: 
Isabel Marcheselli was born in New York City to South American parents and began writing poems as a teenager. She graduated with honors from Cornell University in upstate New York, where she met and was mentored by the great American poet, A.R. Ammons and where her love of nature and verse reached new heights. Later on, Isabel became the lead singer and songwriter for the band, Isabel and The Whispers, with whom she released the band’s CD of original folk and pop songs in 2008 and toured New York City.  She has recently published her first book of poems and songs entitled HEART’S EYE available on Amazon.  Visit her artist website:

“A fascinating artist, poet, singer, author, composer...” - The Republican

3:00pm to 4:00pm
West Springfield Public Library
200 Park Street
01089 West Springfield, Massachusetts
Apr 30 2016

GET LIT’s 5th Annual Classic Slam Poetry Competition

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.

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7:00pm to 10:00pm
Orpheum Theater
842 S Broadway
90014 Los Angeles, California

recent news and updates

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.
Apr 25 2016
It's the final week of National Poetry Month. Take a look at celebrations happening across the country.Gerald Stern and Open Mic Poetry ReadingOcean County College in New Jersey will sponsor two free events for National Poetry Month. On April 25, OCC students will participate in an open mic poetry reading in the Larson Student Center. And, on April 28, renowned poet, essayist, and educator Gerald Stern will give a reading in the Black Box Theatre of the Grunin Center.


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