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Mar 24 2016

We're continuing to round up National Poetry Month events happening around the country. Here are some events for the week of March 21 to March 27.

Mount Pleasant Poetry Project
The Mount Pleasant Poetry Project is hosting a neighborhood poetry adventure throughout Washington, D.C. To participate, write a poem and drop it off in one of the Poem Dropbox Locations.

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Mar 22 2016

This week, we're featuring the Stories of Arrival: Refugee and Immigrant Youth Voices Poetry Project, an initiative that showcases poems by English Language Learner students at Foster High School in the Seattle area, many of whom were forced out of their countries and lived in refugee camps before arriving in the United States.

Foster High School student with Jack Straw teaching artist Meg McLynn. Photo credit: Sherwin Eng.
Mar 18 2016

Each week through the end of National Poetry Month, we’ll be rounding up a list of NPM events happening around the country. Here are some events for the week of March 14-March 20.

Sen. Al Franken's Poetry Contest
U.S. Senator for Minnesota Al Franken is hosting his fifth annual poetry contest for Minnesota students grades K-12. The theme of this year's contest is "Celebrating the Veteran in My Life." Poems must be submitted by April 19.

Mar 16 2016

Every week through the end of National Poetry Month, we'll be spotlighting celebrations from around the country. This week's feature is the O, Miami Poetry Festival, whose mission is for every single person in Miami-Dade County to encounter a poem during the month of April.

O, Miami Knight Foundation
Jan 26 2016
We are excited to announce the activities and initiatives for this coming April’s 20th anniversary celebration of poets and poetry. Follow the thousands of National Poetry Month Celebrations taking place using #npm16. We also invite schools, libraries, publishers, booksellers, reading coordinators, and poets to tweet their events to the Academy of American Poets at @POETSorg. We encourage the use of the National Poetry Month logo, which can be downloaded from Poets.org.
Jan 18 2016
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 as schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and other venues ring loud with open readings of poems from pockets. Join us this year on April 21st. Poem in Your Pocket Day was originally initiated in 2002 by the Office of the Mayor, in partnership with the New York City Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education, as part of the city’s National Poetry Month celebration. In 2008, the Academy of American Poets took the initiative national, encouraging individuals around the country to join in and channel their inner bard. Learn more about Poem in Your Pocket Day here.
May 21 2015

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.

Dear Poet letter
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.

Apr 27 2015

Today we spotlight Poetry Minute, a collaboration between The University of Arkansas Press and NPR affiliate KUAF in celebration of National Poetry Month. Every day in April, KUAF will air a poem read by a poetry enthusiast with a Northwest Arkansas connection. The segments will air four times a day on KUAF and be archived on their website, kuaf.com.

Apr 20 2015

The city of West Hollywood is celebrating National Poetry Month with a variety of events and workshops to celebrate the art of the written word. Steven Reigns, who was selected as West Hollywood's first official City Poet in 2014, curated this month’s line-up of events and conceived of the Lamppost Banners project.

Steven Reigns. Photo credit: Tony Coelho

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