National Poetry Month

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about the celebration

about the celebration

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month, held every April, is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry's vital place in our culture.

Thanks to all who helped make this April the best celebration yet. And join us in 2016 for the twentieth anniversary of National Poetry Month! 

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Dear Poet 2015

A multimedia educational project that invited young people to write letters in response to poems shared by our Chancellors.

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

Thousands of individuals across the U.S. carried a poem in their pocket on April 30, 2015. 
 

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Poetry & the Creative Mind

Our annual gala was held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 15, 2015.
 

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Dec 09 2015

The Poet as Memoirist: Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light (Knopf, 2015) and three books of poetry. Her collection Life on Mars won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. Duende won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. The Body’s Question was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers Award in 2004 and a Whiting Award in 2005. In 2014 the Academy of American Poets awarded Smith with the Academy Fellowship, awarded to one poet each year to recognize distinguished poetic achievement.

Moderated by Honor Moore, nonfiction coordinator, Creative Writing Program. 

6:30pm
The New School, Wollman Hall
65 W. 11th Street, 5th floor (Room 500)
10011 New York, New York
Oct 23 2015

Lucille Clifton Poetry Series with E. Ethelbert Miller

Poet E. Ethelbert Miller, known for his social activism will read from his work and discuss how poetry can address and foster conversations regarding today's social issues and challenges. A friend and colleague of Lucille Clifton, Ho Co Po Lit So is pleased to welcome him once again to the stage.

8:00pm
Monteabaro Recital Hall, Horowitz Center, Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
21044 Columbia, Maryland
Oct 17 2015

Reading With Cecily Parks, Aracelis Girmay and Chloe Garcia Roberts

Reading With Cecily Parks, Aracelis Girmay and Chloe Garcia Roberts

Free. More information here: http://www.berlspoetry.com/events/2015/10/17/cecily-parks-aracelis-girmay-chloe-garcia-roberts 

7:00pm
Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop
126a Front St (Between Jay St and Adams St)
11201 Brooklyn, New York

recent news and updates

May 21 2015
Dear Poet letter
Thanks to everyone who participated in Dear Poet, our National Poetry Month education project that invited young people to respond to poems written and read by some of the award-winning poets who serve on our Board of Chancellors. We received 1,500+ letters from students (and teachers), and our Chancellors were thrilled to respond to a selection of them. We've included others from across the country, and around the world. Take a look!
Apr 28 2015
Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people throughout the United States celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day. Take a look at how these innovative schools and libraries are celebrating this year.

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