National Poetry Month

Juan Felipe Herrera, 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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Naomi Shihab Nye

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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Feb 10 2016

Harold Clurman Poetry Reading Series Presents: Saeed Jones and Evie Shockley

Harold Clurman Poetry Reading Series Presents: Saeed Jones and Evie Shockley

The purpose of The Harold Clurman Center for Poetry, Poetic Drama and the Spoken Word is to explore the relationship between the actor and dramatic language, to celebrate dramatic and poetic language as a necessary but perhaps under-appreciated aspect of the actor’s art and craft, and to open channels of communication between poets, playwrights, actors, directors, voice specialists and critics in order to better understand issues of written and spoken language and the relationship between them. The Board of Advisors for this Center is Literary Critic Harold Bloom, Poet John Ashbery, Poet Grace Schulman, Voice Experts Cicely Berry, Andrew Wade and Deborah Hecht.

Saeed Jones and Evie Shockley
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 7pm
Free and open to the public


Stella Adler Studio of Acting
31 West 27th Street, Floor 3
10001 New York, New York
Dec 12 2015

Passwords: Miriam Nichols on Robin Blaser

Miriam Nichols’s expertly edited The Astonishment Tapes (2015), a transcript of twenty autobiographical audiotapes recorded in an attic room in Vancouver by poet Robin Blaser in 1974. Thirty years prior, Blaser, along with Robert Duncan and Jack Spicer, formed the Berkeley core of what is now known as the San Francisco Renaissance. Reminiscent of the perfect mix attained by Blaser’s legendary martinis, this talk by Nichols blends gossip and literary legacy into a balanced representation of this mythic poet.

$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House members. 

Admission fee: $10.00
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 New York, New York
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. 

The New School, Wollman Hall
65 W. 11th Street, 5th floor (Room 500)
10011 New York, 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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