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 will carry a poem in their pocket on April 26, 2018. 

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poetry & the Creative Mind

The 2018 annual gala will be 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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Nov 10 2018

Louisiana Book Festival

The Louisiana Book festival is a free, single day festival held in the heart of downtown Baton Rouge in the Louisiana State Capitol, State Library of Louisiana, Capitol Park Museum, and tents on neighboring streets  It features more than 250 authors and panelists discussing their books and more than 100 programs, includes the Young Readers Pavilion, where children and parents can enjoy storytelling and performances; Teen HQ, featuring bestselling and award winning young adult authors; live musical performances; cooking demos; and a wide variety of book-related activities and exhibitors. For more information visit

Louisiana State Capitol, State Library of Louisiana, Capitol Park Museum, and tents on neighboring streets
701 N 4th Street
70802 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Oct 10 2018

New Works: Marcus Jackson, Amanda Johnston and Dustin Pearson

Come celebrate the recent publications of new work by three extraordinary Cave Canem poets. Marcus Jackson is the author of Neighborhood Register (CavanKerry Press, 2011) and most recently, Pardon My Heart (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2018), of which Peter Covino feted as “a lyrically complex, beautifully integrated collection.” Amanda Johnston‘s debut Another Way to Say Enter (Argus House Press, 2017) holds poems that possess “A beautifully crafted, fierce and compelling voice” as said by Cave Canem co-founder Toi Derricotte. Dustin Pearson is the author of  Millennial Roost (Eyewear Publishing, 2018), a debut of which Jericho Brown says is “a beautifully necessary book.” Free and open to the public. Refreshments served. This event is co-sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program.

Marcus Jackson earned a BA from the University of Toledo and continued his poetry studies at NYU and as a Cave Canem fellow. His poems have appeared in such publications as The American Poetry ReviewThe New Yorker, and Tin House. His first collection of poetry, Neighborhood Register was released in 2011 by CavanKerry Press. His second collection, Pardon My Heart (Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly Books), is out this year.  He lives with his partner and son in Columbus, Ohio, and he teaches in the MFA programs at Ohio State and Queens University of Charlotte.

Amanda Johnston earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Southern Maine. She is the author of two chapbooks, GUAP and Lock & Key, and the full-length collection Another Way to Say Enter (Argus House Press, 2017). Her poetry and interviews have appeared in numerous online and print publications, among them, CallalooPoetryPuerto del SolMuzzlePluck!, and the anthologies, Fulldi-ver-cityThe Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, and Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism. The recipient of multiple Artist Enrichment grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Christina Sergeyevna Award from the Austin International Poetry Festival, she is a member of the Affrilachian Poets and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. Johnston teaches at the Stonecoast MFA program, is a co-founder of Black Poets Speak Out, and founder and executive director of Torch Literary Arts.

Dustin Pearson is the author of Millennial Roost (Eyewear Publishing, 2018), and a McKnight Doctoral Fellow in Creative Writing at Florida State University. The recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Pearson has served as the editor of Hayden’s Ferry Review and a Director of the Clemson Literary Festival. He won the Academy of American Poets Katharine C. Turner Prize and holds an MFA from Arizona State University. His work appears in Blackbird, Vinyl Poetry, Bennington Review, and elsewhere.

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NYU Lillian Vernon House
58 W 10th Street
10003 New York, New York
Oct 09 2018

New Works: Tim Seibles, Safiya Sinclair and Jacqueline Allen Trimble

Enjoy a display of exceptional poetry showcasing new collections by Cave Canem faculty, fellows and friends. Heralded by Martin Espada as “a poet of extraordinary sensitivity,” Tim Seibles is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently One Turn Around the Sun (Etruscan Press, 2017). Safiya Sinclair is the author of Cannibal (University of Nebraska Press, 2016), which Publisher’s Weekly calls a “stunning debut collection.” Jacqueline Allen Trimble‘s debut collection American Happiness was published by NewSouth Books in 2016 and recognized by Mark Childress as “timely and timeless, elegant and brutal, wise and innocent.” Free and open to the public. Refreshments served. Co-sponsored with The New School Creative Writing Program.

Tim Seibles is the author of six collections of poetry, including Body Moves (1988), Hurdy-Gurdy (1992), Hammerlock (1999), Buffalo Head Solos (2004), and Fast Animal (2012), which won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, received the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and was nominated for a 2012 National Book Award. His latest work of poetry, One Turn Around the Sun was published by Etruscan Press in 2017. His poems have been published in the Indiana Review, Black Renaissance Noire, Cortland Review, Ploughshares Massachusetts Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and numerous other literary journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry. Seibles lives and teaches at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Safiya Sinclair is a poet and librettist born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is the author of Cannibal (University of Nebraska Press, 2016), winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Addison M. Metcalf Award, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Poetry, the Phillis Wheatley Book Award, and the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Cannibal was selected as one of the American Library Association’s “Notable Books of the Year,” and was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award, as well as being longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize. Sinclair’s other honors include a Pushcart Prize, a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, fellowships from Yaddo, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her poems have appeared in The New YorkerGranta, The Nation, PoetryKenyon Review, Oxford American, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in poetry at the University of Virginia, and is currently a PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.

Jacqueline Allen Trimble is a Cave Canem Fellow and an Alabama State Council on the Arts Literary Fellow. Her poetry has appeared in various print and online journals including The Louisville Review, The Offing, and Blue Lake Review.  Published by NewSouth Books, American Happiness, won the 2016 Balcones Poetry Prize.  Jennifer Horne, the poet laureate of Alabama, wrote about the collection “Her grace is in the anger distilled to the bitter draft you savor as it bites,” and Honoree Jeffers, the 2018 Harper Lee Award Winner for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer, said, “I longed for her kind of poetry, these cut-to-the flesh poems, this verse that sings the old time religion of difficult truths with new courage and utter sister-beauty.  And I am so grateful for her gift, her grown-woman poetics.” Trimble lives and writes in Montgomery, Alabama, where she is a professor of English and chairs the Department of Languages and Literatures at Alabama State University.

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The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street
10011 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.


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