news & updates

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.

Apr 18 2016

It's the middle of National Poetry Month. Check out ways communities are celebrating across the country.

Apr 20 2016

The eighth annual Massachusetts Poetry Festival will take place April 29 to May 1 in historic downtown Salem. Each year, the festival showcases nearly 100 poetry readings and workshops, a small press and literary fair, panels, poetry slams, visual arts, and open-air performances. Panel topics range broadly from the state of poetry, poetry and gender, book publishing, and modernism in contemporary art, to the Common Threads Reading, where contemporary poets with Massachusetts ties discuss their literary connections.

Massachusetts Poetry Festival
Apr 13 2016

Throughout the month of April, the City of West Hollywood is celebrating National Poetry Month with a full calendar of events, workshops, and projects, all curated by City Poet Steven Reigns.

Gateway Billboard_Steven Reigns
Apr 07 2016
This April marks the twentieth anniversary of National Poetry Month, the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.
Poetry magazine
Apr 07 2016

It's National Poetry Month! Here are some upcoming events happening around the country.

Mar 30 2016

As a special collaboration for this year's National Poetry Month in April, we've teamed up with the League of Canadian Poets to create a guide for families, schools, and businesses to inspire and assist with local Poem in Your Pocket Day celebrations. The guide features poems by classic and contemporary American and Canadian poets.

Poem in Your Pocket Day