National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

poetry month April 2018
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about the celebration

about the celebration

National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

Thank you for joining in the celebration by listing your events and attending other events in your community, displaying this year's poster, participating in Poem in Your Pocket Dayrecommending the Dear Poet project to a young personsigning up to read a Poem-a-Day, and checking out 30 more ways to celebrate.

We hope National Poetry Month's events and activities will inspire you to keep celebrating poetry all year long!

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Dear Poet 

A multimedia educational project that invites young people to write letters in response to poems shared by our Chancellors.

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Anne Waldman

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Join thousands of individuals across the U.S. who will carry a poem in their pocket on April 26, 2018. 

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poetry & the Creative Mind

The 2018 annual gala will be held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 25.

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Poetry and the Creative Mind


upcoming events

Aug 11 2018

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: We (Too) Are Philly Poetry Festival

The We (Too) Are Philly Poetry Festival is a summer poetry festival in six parts, inspired by Langston Hughes's poem "I, Too," and features poets of color committed to shared creative spaces. The festival was organized by the 2018-2019 Philadelphia Poet Laureate Raquel Salas Rivera and poets Ashley Davis, Kirwyn Sutherland, and Raena Shirali. Each reading includes poets from other cities and a poet from Philadelphia. In addition, at least one poet in each reading will read work in more than one language. 

"Whose Parks? Our Parks!", which closes this year's festival on Saturday, August 11, 7 p.m. at Norris Square Park, will include readings by Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, Ana Portnoy, Raquel Salas Rivera, Kirwyn Sutherland, Ashley Davis, Raena Shirali, and Yolanda Wisher.

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To be considered for #PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week, we invite you to become a registered user of for free and to use our online calendar Poetry Near You to promote local events in your community.

Norris Square Park
2100 N Howard St
19122 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Aug 09 2018

Earth and Other Worlds, a Conversation with Dava Sobel and Diane Ackerman

Join us for our very first speaker series on the SPAC Stage! Attendees will sit in the orchestra chairs on the main stage of the SPAC amphitheater while renowned guest speakers lead captivating talks from the conductor’s podium on a variety of topics that bridge the worlds of art, science, and nature.
Presented in cooperation with the Academy of American Poets.
Dava Sobel is a science writer and author of Galileo’s Daughter and The Glass Universe. Diane Ackerman is a poet, science writer, and author of A Natural History of the Senses, The Human Age, and The Zookeeper’s Wife.
Dava Sobel, an award-winning former science reporter for The New York Times, is the author of several best-selling books, including Longitude, Galileo’s Daughter, and The Planets. She has also written a play, And the Sun Stood Still, which originally appeared as the centerpiece in her biography of Copernicus, A More Perfect Heaven. Her latest book, The Glass Universe, was published by Viking in December 2016. Sobel is a 1964 graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, where she had several memorable teachers. Unfortunately, none of them suggested she combine her interest in science with her ability to write good papers for English class, but, after five years divided among multiple majors at three colleges, she fell into a job with a newspaper just in time to chronicle preparations for the first Earth Day celebration. In addition to her B.A. from SUNY Binghamton (now Binghamton University), Sobel holds honorary doctor of letters degrees from Middlebury College, Vermont, and Bath University in England, as well as an honorary doctor of science degree from Bern University, Switzerland.  She has a heightened respect for teachers after her experiences teaching science writing at the University of Chicago in 2006, and at Mary Baldwin College in 2011. From 2013 to 2016 she was the Joan Leiman Jacobson Visiting NonFiction Writer at Smith College.
Poet, essayist, and naturalist, Diane Ackerman is the author of two dozen highly acclaimed works of nonfiction and poetry, including The Human Age, The Zookeeper’s Wife, and A Natural History of the Senses, books beloved by millions of readers all over the world. In prose so rich and evocative that one can feel the earth turning beneath one’s feet as one reads, Ackerman’s thrilling observations urge us to live in the moment, to wake up to nature’s everyday miracles.
Admission fee: $20.00
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
108 Avenue of the Pines
12866 Saratoga Springs, New York
Aug 10 2018

Riverfront Readings featuring Stan Banks and B.J. Soloy

Stanley E. Banks has been Poet, English Professor, and Artist-in-Residence at Avila University for 20 years. Banks had his 5th book of poetry, Blue Issues, published in 2013. His  other four books are Blue Beat Syncopation (2003), Rhythm and Guts (1992), Coming From a Funky Time and Place (1988), and On 10th Alley Way (1981). He also was the Editor for two other books of poetry. Further, he has been the Advisor and Creative Director for Avila University’s student literary magazine titled Sound and Fury for 20 years. He won the Langston Hughes Prize for Poetry in 1981, and in 1989 he was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship/Grant.

BJ Soloy is on the English faculty at Metropolitan Community College’s Blue River campus. He has a chapbook, Selected Letters, out with New Michigan Press and poems in places like FIELD, Colorado Review, Barrow Street, LIT, Columbia Poetry Review, New American Writing, and Guernica. He lives in Kansas City with Julie “The Hammer” Rouse, Solomon Longfellow, and Julie’s unstable familiar, Alette.

This event features music by Too Late for Satellites.

Multi-instrumentalists Ian Blackie, Jeremy Gulley, Trevon Waddle, and Jake Brooks team up to form Too Late for Satellites, blending together singer-songwriting, indie, folk, classical, and atmospheric music. The key to their music is patience--exploring the potential of each moment.

The Writers Place
3607 Pennsylvania
64111 Kansas City, Missouri

recent news and updates

Apr 26 2018
The Atrocious Poets, a poetry collective based in Woodstock, Illinois, is observing National Poetry Month with One City, One Poet. This year's celebration aims to bring the life and legacy of "the people's poet" Carl Sandburg to the streets of Woodstock.
Apr 24 2018
The Howard County Poetry & Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) is partnering with Howard Community College to present the tenth annual Blackbird Poetry Festival on April 26, 2018, in Howard County, Columbia, Maryland.


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