news & updates

Mar 09 2015

On April 15, 2015 at 6:30 p.m., the Academy of American Poets will present our 13th annual Poetry & the Creative Mind at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. Please join us for this inspiring evening celebrating the role of poetry in American culture.

Mar 03 2015

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.

Feb 20 2015

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.

Jan 29 2015

Are you planning a poetry event for National Poetry Month in April? In addition to requesting a free National Poetry Month poster for display, we encourage you to download the new National Poetry Month logo for use on your event materials.

Jan 22 2015

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.

Nov 04 2014

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.

May 28 2014

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.  

May 19 2014

Thank you to our sponsors and the many millions of teachers, students, booksellers, librarians, small press publishers, and especially poets, who helped make National Poetry Month the largest literary celebration in the world. In April 2014, National Poetry Month and Poem in Your Pocket Day was mentioned thousands of times in news publications throughout the United States, and many inspiring events took place in local communities. For example, one North Carolina based poet was able to secure 18 official mayoral proclamations declaring April as National Poetry Month.

Apr 17 2014

Each year on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people throughout the United States select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others.

This April our friends at Scholastic are offering a few copies of Jon J. Muth's new children's poetry book Hi, Koo! to Poem in Your Pocket Day participants. For your chance to win a copy

Mar 01 2014

This year, we've launched Poet-to-Poet, a new multimedia education project that invites young people throughout the United States to write and submit poems in response to those shared by award-winning poets who serve on the Academy’s Board of Chancellors.