National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

poetry month April 2018
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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 carry a poem in their pocket. 

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poetry & the Creative Mind

The 2018 annual gala was held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 25.

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Poetry and the Creative Mind


upcoming events

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Mar 12 2019

WLP Reading Series: Evie Shockley Reading

Evie Shockley is the author of semiautomatic (2017), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the LA Times Book Prize. She has published four other collections of poetry—including the new black (2011), which won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award—and a critical study, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (2011). Her honors include the 2015 Stephen Henderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry and the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize. She is currently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and an English Professor at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

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Bill Bordy Theater - Union Bank Building, Emerson College
216 Tremont Street
02116 Boston, Massachusetts
Jan 26 2019

Grief, and What Comes After Book Launch Party

The poet Ailey O’Toole will be reading from her debut collection, Grief, and What Comes After (Rhythm & Bones Press, 2018).

This fierce first collection, a compilation of pain, rejuvenation and rebirth, pioneers landscapes of forgiveness, where Ailey O’Toole’s poems ascend to create a resting place of self-compassion and atonement. Follow along as O’Toole recounts her journey from emotional decimation to a place of redemption and self-love. Her shuttles of reckoning dive-bomb and crash, but never fail to pull passengers from the wreckage. These poems are a punch to the gut, a heart beating on the page, a nightmare turned daydream, as Ailey O’Toole buries what we hope to find and helps us see grace in the wild. How do we heal after re-injuring ourselves the same way? Following any major collapse, O’Toole helps us to find resiliency within ourselves in her debut collection.

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Big Blue Marble Bookstore
551 Carpenter Lane
19119 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jan 13 2019

The High Mountain Meadow Poetry Series featuring George Witte & Josh Humphrey

Poets George Witte and Josh Humphrey read from their work for The High Mountain Meadow Poetry Series, sponsored by the North Jersey Literary Community.

George Witte's three collections are Does She Have a Name?,  Deniability, and The Apparitioners.  His poems have been anthologized in The Best American Poetry, Old Flame, Rabbit Ears, and The Doll Collection; new poems are in journals including Antioch Review, The Hopkins Review, Nimrod, Poetry Northwest, and The Yale Review.    A native of Madison, New Jersey, he lives in Ridgewood and works as an editor at St. Martin's Press. 

Josh Humphrey's first collection is Afterlife, a chapbook that includes photography by his father, Bill Humphrey.   His poems have been anthologized in Rabbit Ears, Meta-Land, and in the Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, and appeared in journals including The Paterson Literary Review, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Sensations Magazine, Lullwater Review, and The New Plains Review.   He is Director of the Kearny Public Library and lives in Kearny, NJ. 

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Wayne Public Library
461 Valley Road
07470 Wayne, New Jersey

recent news and updates

Apr 26 2018
The Atrocious Poets, a poetry collective based in Woodstock, Illinois, is observing National Poetry Month with One City, One Poet. This year's celebration aims to bring the life and legacy of "the people's poet" Carl Sandburg to the streets of Woodstock.
Apr 24 2018
The Howard County Poetry & Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) is partnering with Howard Community College to present the tenth annual Blackbird Poetry Festival on April 26, 2018, in Howard County, Columbia, Maryland.