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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Apr 27 2106

National Poetry Monteh Celebration

The Louise Bogan Chapter of MSPS Presents Their Anthology* of Poems & Invites You to Read a Favorite Poem
Where: Lunenburg Public LibraryWhen: Wednesday April 27, 2016Time: 6:30 PMWho: The Louise Bogan Poets and YouWhy: A Celebration of National Poetry MonthExtra: Light Refreshments and Socializing Will Follow the Poetry.
*Made possible in part by the Lunenburg Cultural Council
CALL 978-582-4224 or e-mail meletarte to sign up or for more information

Lunenburg Massachusetts Public Library
1023 Massachusetts Avenue
01462 Lunenburg, Massachusetts
Sep 27 2016

Ecological Poetry with Alicia Ostriker & Daniela Gioseffi

Daniela Gioseffi, American Book Award winning author of 16 books of poetry and prose, Editor of, will host Widely Accomplished poet and literary scholar, Alicia Ostriker, a Chancelor of the Academy of American Poets,  as featured reader, and also show poetry clips from the docu-drama, Author & Activist:The Daniela Gioseffi Story, by prize-winning filmmaker Anton Evangelista of Comprehensive Films Inc.

Other distinguised readers are poets: Eliot Katz, Burt Kimmelman, George Held, Nina Tassi, Peggy Ann Tarte, Joanne Monte, Nancy Marcado and Rob Marchesani. There will be a brief intermission with light refreshments. The event takes place in The Betty Kray downstairs Auditorium of beautiful Poets House, a library housing one of the largest poetry collections in the USA. Come early and browse the library. Books will be available from featured poets. Light refreshments will be served at a brief intermission.  FREE. Suggested contribution $5.

Poets House: NY (auditorium)
10 River Terrace at Battery Park & Murray St.
Lower Manhattan
10282 New York City, New York
Aug 21 2016

Tino Villanueva & Alicia Borinsky: Bilingual Poest

Join us for an afternoon of poetry in English and Spanish. Tino Villanueva will read from his latest book So Spoke Penelope, as well as some of his earlier work. Alicia Borinsky and Regina Galasso will read from and discuss their collaboration on Lost Cities Go to Paradise/Las Ciudades Perdidas Van Al Paraíso. Alicia will also read selections from her earlier work.

Tino Villanueva writes and also paints. He is the author of seven books of poetry, including Scene from the Movie GIANT (1993), winner of a 1994 American Book Award, and So Spoke Penelope (2013). His poems appear in many high school and college textbooks, and his paintings on the covers and inside pages of U.S. and international cultural journals: Green Mountains Review, TriQuarterly, Parnassus, Connecticut Review. Six of his poems have been anthologized in The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (2011). His latest publication has been an ekphrastic poem in this past March issue of Poetry magazine. He retired from Boston University, June 2015.

Alicia Borinsky is a poet, novelist and literary critic. She has published widely in the US, Latin America and Europe and has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Latino Award for fiction and several other distinctions. She also serves as Professor of Latin American and Comparative Literature at Boston University and Director of the Boston University Cultural Program in Buenos Aires.

Regina Galasso is an Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, specializing in literary and cultural relations between Anglophone and Hispanophone writers and artists, literature of the city, and literary translation, with a particular focus on New York City and its deep impact on the literature of Spain from the 20th century to the present.

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105 Brattle Street
02138 Cambridge , Massachusetts

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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