National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

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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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NPM Sponsors 2019

 

 

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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 24 2019

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Ferlinghetti at 100 / Open House Birthday Party at City Lights

On Sunday, March 24, 2019, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., join City Lights Books in celebrating Lawrence Ferlinghetti's 100th Birthday with a day of readings, reminiscences and joy at City Lights—along with neighborhood events at the Canessa Gallery, Vesuvio's, and Café Zoetrope—featuring an amazing lineup of poets, writers, and friends reading Lawrence's work.
 
See the full schedule of birthday events celebrating Lawrence Ferlinghetti here: http://www.citylights.com/ferlinghetti/
 
 
To be considered for #PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week, we invite you to become a registered user of Poets.org and use our online calendar Poetry Near You to promote local events in your community.
 
1:00pm to 5:00pm
City Lights Books
261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway
94133 San Francisco, California
Mar 25 2019

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Inprint Reading Series with Carmen Giménez Smith & Fady Joudah

The Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series and Tintero Projects will present a reading by Carmen Giménez Smith and Fady Joudah on Monday, March 25, 2019, 7:30 p.m., at Rice University's Stude Concert Hall in Houston, Texas.

Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of six poetry collections, including Milk and Filth, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, which The Nation calls “a sharp, feminist manifesto by way of poetry collection.” She received the Juniper Prize for Poetry for Goodbye, Flicker, and her latest book Cruel Futures is described by Ross Gay as “one of those rare books, rare pieces of art, that manages to be extremely intimate, vulnerable and close while also doing a kind of searing cultural critique.” Her memoir Bring Down the Little Birds, winner of an American Book Award, was praised by the Austin-American Statesman “as innovative in form as it is honest in emotion… outrageously smart…. Bring Down the Little Birds seems to tip motherhood on its side to expose its brutal-though-beautiful underbelly.” Coeditor of Angels of the Americlypse: New [email protected] Writing and poetry coeditor of The Nation, she serves as the publisher of Noemi Press and co-director of CantoMundo.
 
Fady Joudah’s most recent poetry collection Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance is hailed as “exceptional” by Publishers Weekly, and Mary Szybist writes, “Few books of American poetry seem to me as essential as this one…. Joudah’s gifts for articulating the intersections of bewilderment, tenderness, rage, and grief are fully alive here. These poems blaze into the visionary.” Houston-based Palestinian American poet and physician, his other books include The Earth in the Attic, winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition; Alight; and Textu, a collection of 160-character poems written on a smartphone’s text message screen. Also an award-winning translator, he is a recipient of the Banipal Prize and a finalist for the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation for The Butterfly’s Burden by Mahmoud Darwish; winner of the PEN USA Award for If I Were Another, also by Darwish; and winner of the Griffin International Poetry Prize for Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me by Ghassan Zaqtan.

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To be considered for #PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week, we invite you to become a registered user of Poets.org and use our online calendar Poetry Near You to promote local events in your community.
 
Admission fee: $5.00
7:30pm
Stude Concert Hall, Rice University
6100 Main St
Entrace #18
77005 Houston, Texas
Mar 23 2019

Literary Partners Program: Red Hen Press presents Elizabeth Bradfield, Eloise Klein Healy, Maurya Simon, and Amber Flora Thomas

Red Hen Press, in celebration of its 25th Anniversary, is proud to present four unforgettable authors for an evening of beautiful literature. Renowned researcher Elizabeth Bradfield, former Los Angeles poet laureate Eloise Klein Healy, acclaimed poet Maurya Simon, and Cave Canem Award winner Amber Flora Thomas come together to celebrate their work at the famed Poets House in New York City.
 
This event is made possible through Poets House’s Literary Partners Program. Poets House is an ADA accessible facility.
 
Admission: Free and open to the public
 
Sponsored By Red Hen Press.
 
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 New York, New York

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.