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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Jun 12 2018

Tiff Dressen, Norman Fischer, & Alexandra Mattraw

Reading from new poetry

City Lights Books
261 Columbus Ave.
94133 San Francisco, California
Jun 08 2018

Special Event: Release Reading for Scattered Shards: Ed Askew Poems and Drawings

Join us for the book launch of Scattered Shards: Ed Askew Poems and Drawings, the first-ever published book of drawings and poetry by acclaimed psychedelic folk artist Ed Askew. The book, edited and assembled by Nicole Wallace and Askew himself is a collection of poems written over the past decade and drawings executed in the Fall of 2017. The poems are an imaginative narration of life in cities, love had and love lost, children and families on the brink, as well as single, immediate points in time—with a language of meditative lucidity and the plain-spoken delivery of small-town talk.
Fans of Askew’s musical output will take note, typically his “lyrics fit into the format laid down by a sequence of chords” while the “poems have been more descriptive and evocative of a place and time”. The collection is a watermark for Askew, who’s discography is extensive but who’s writing and drawings have not been published to date.
Scattered Shards: Ed Askew Poems and Drawings is out in June 2018 via Flying Moonlight.
Ed Askew is best known for his psych folk masterpiece Ask the Unicorn. He has released a wide array of albums including Little Eyes (DeStijl), Rose (Okraïna), Imperfiction, and A Child in the Sun (Drag City). His most recent albums are Art and Life and For the World (Tin Angel). Askew was born in 1940 in Stamford, Connecticut. He holds an M.F.A. in Painting from Yale.
Admission fee: $8.00
The Poetry Project
131 E 10th Street
10003 New York, New York
Jun 07 2018

Third Man Books

Celebrating new books by Dan Hoy and Abraham Smith

The Terraformers by Dan Hoy

Destruction of Man by Abraham Smith

City Lights Books
261 Columbus Ave.
94133 San Francisco, California

recent news and updates

Apr 28 2017
For National Poetry Month, Academy Chancellor Alberto Ríos is collaborating with Arizona State University (ASU) Now photographers Charlie Leight and Deanna Dent to create “visual sonnets." The project, whose name takes inspiration from the number of lines found in a sonnet, features fourteen photographs and poems.
Apr 19 2017
June Jordan
The Center for Black Literature, the Center for Law and Social Justice, and the Brooklyn Public Library are celebrating National Poetry Month with the program “June Jordan: Reflections on Her Life and Activism.” A poet, playwright, and essayist, June Jordan was the author of numerous poetry c


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