The Academy of American Poets was one of the first organizations in the United States to showcase poets in public readings. Thankfully, since the 1950s we’ve been recording those events, and we’ve been able to make hundreds of audio tracks available on Poets.org. To hear a poet like Gwendolyn Brooks read her own poems is to understand something of the sonic forces driving each line.
When the Academy of American Poets launched National Poetry Month in 1996, we made sure Poets.org was a place where individuals from across the country could find information about how to celebrate poetry in their community—from New Hampshire to California—as well as learn more about local poets, events, workshops, bookstores, and publications. On our Poetry Near You pages, this is still true!