As we head toward National Poetry Month, which begins on Wednesday, we feature the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts at the University of California, Riverside, which will host free poetry events in April. Inspired by the work of Academy Chancellor and UCR Professor of Poetry Emeritus Juan Felipe Herrera, the Gluck Fellows Program is teaming up with Riverside institutions to bring readings and writing workshops to the public.
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Today's featured National Poetry Month event is the O, Miami Poetry Festival, which takes place every April and aims to ensure that every single person in Miami-Dade County encounters a poem during the month. O, Miami kicks off on April 1 with a poetic boat ride up the Miami River, and ends on April 30 with a teen poetry and music competition.
With only two weeks left before National Poetry Month begins, we thought we’d share some of our favorite ways to celebrate.
The Academy of American Poets is inviting students in grades five through twelve to be a part of Dear Poet for National Poetry Month. To participate, students watch a series of exclusive videos that feature award-winning poets, members of the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors, sharing their poems. They then write a letter responding to one of the poems.
This April 30 join poetry readers throughout the United States in celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day! To participate, simply select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others throughout the day. You can also share your poem on social media using #pocketpoem.
This April, tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and poets will celebrate National Poetry Month, marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.
We are excited to share that 2014 National Book Award finalist and award-winning New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast will design the official celebratory poster for National Poetry Month, April 2015. Each year the Academy distributes a poster free-of-charge to over 100,000 schools, libraries, and bookstores nationwide for their April celebrations. Known for her sharp wit and true-to-life storytelling, Chast was selected by renowned graphic designer Chip Kidd on behalf of the Academy of American Poets.
For this year's National Poetry Month, we asked students throughout the United States to write and submit poems in response to those shared by some of the award-winning poets who serve on our Board of Chancellors. We received over 1,000 submissions to our Poet-to-Poet Project, including poems from the National Student Poets and the students at 826 chapters nationwide. Thank you to all of the participants! View a selection of Poet-to-Poet poems here.