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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

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

June Jordan
Apr 21 2017

Since 2008, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Eat Local :: Read Local has been celebrating the partnership between local restaurants and lovers of poetry in Milwaukee and Madison. Eat Local :: Read Local distributes printed poems to local restaurants for diners to enjoy during National Poetry Month. 

Apr 14 2017

Founded in 2009 by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, PoemCity covers the stores and streets of Montpelier, Vermont, with 425 poems submitted by Vermonters, including schoolchildren, nationally recognized and award-winning writers, and various local talents. PoemCity also offers workshops, readings, and lectures.

Apr 12 2017

Writers in the Schools (WITS) is transforming trees into “poet-trees” in Houston, Texas. Visitors are welcome to share their creations and hang them on “poet-trees” located along the Buffalo Bayou Trails in Eleanor Tinsley Park. DIY “Poet-Tree” kits are also available for those interested in setting up their own “poet-trees” in the area.

Apr 07 2017

O, Miami is a community-based poetry festival in Miami-Dade, Florida. Established in 2011, O, Miami takes place every April during National Poetry month at various venues across the county and has hosted poets such as Anne Carson, Kay Ryan, Juan Felipe Herrera, W. S.

Jan 11 2017

We're looking forward to this year's National Poetry Month and are excited to announce the following activities and initiatives for this coming April celebration of poets and poetry.

May 03 2016

From poets across the country challenging themselves to write a poem each day in April; to skyward murals of poems on the rooftops of Miami buildings for fliers to see; to students in Seattle, many of whom are refugees, telling their personal stories through poems broadcast on public radio... National Poetry Month is an umbrella for many innovative and inspiring local celebrations of poetry, which, together, reach tens of millions of individuals.

Portland Art Museum's Poem in Your Pocket Day Handouts
Apr 27 2016

Speedway & Swan is a one-hour free-format radio program that presents contemporary poetry against a context of musical selections. In each episode, creator and host Brian Blanchfield, who won the 2014 James Laughlin Award, is joined in conversation by a rotating cohost who reads a selection of poetry from his or her personal canon, along with poems from recently released poetry collections.

Apr 25 2016

It's the final week of National Poetry Month. Take a look at celebrations happening across the country.

Gerald Stern and Open Mic Poetry Reading
Ocean County College in New Jersey will sponsor two free events for National Poetry Month. On April 25, OCC students will participate in an open mic poetry reading in the Larson Student Center. And, on April 28, renowned poet, essayist, and educator Gerald Stern will give a reading in the Black Box Theatre of the Grunin Center.