National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

poetry month April 2019

about the celebration

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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NPM Sponsors 2019



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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 carry a poem in their pocket. 

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poetry & the Creative Mind

The 2018 annual gala was 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

Apr 26 2019 to Apr 28 2019

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival

On April 26 to 28, 2019, join celebrated poets Anne Carson, Hala Alyan, Ilya Kaminsky, Matthea Harvey, and many others for Sarah Lawrence College's annual poetry festival in Bronxville, New York. The weekend includes craft talks, panels, book signings, receptions, open mics, and more.

All events are free and open to the public, but registration is requested:

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

6:00pm to 5:00pm
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Various venues within campus
10708 Bronxville, New York
Apr 26 2019

Where Poetry Meets Jazz

Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist April Armstrong will present an exploration into how Jazz and Poetry have come together, past and present, to create a unique medium. Participants will hear samples from prominent artists such as The Last Poets, Gil Scott Heron, Amiri Baraka, Marvin Bell, Jack Kerouac, Mina Loy, Kenneth Rexroth, and Sonia Sanchez. The program will help participants understand differences between jazz genres. Participants will also be invited to create an original piece.

Port Washington Public Library
One Library Drive
11050 Port Washington, New York
Apr 26 2019 to Apr 27 2019

Fourteenth Annual Newburyport Literary Festival

The fourteenth annual Newburyport Literary Festival (NLF), Open a Book, Open Your World, will take place April 26-27, 2019 in various venues throughout downtown Newburyport, Massachusetts. This year the Festival will honor award-winning author and journalist Elaine Weiss.

The Festival’s Opening Ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26 at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in downtown Newburyport. Elaine Weiss will be in conversation with author Linda Hirshman. They will discuss Elaine’s latest novel, The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote. Dinner With the Authors immediately follows at the Masonic Center, 31 Green Street in downtown Newburyport. The Opening Ceremony is free of charge. Tickets for Dinner With the Authors are $50/person, available online at or by sending a check, made out to the Newburyport Literary Association, to the Newburyport Literary Association, Box 268, Newburyport, MA  01950. 

On Saturday, April 27, the Festival will be in full swing beginning at 8:30 a.m. with Coffee with the Poets. During the day, a wide range of distinguished short story writers, children's authors, biographers, nature writers, critics, screenwriters, poets, novelists, and journalists will read from and discuss their work. Besides Ms. Weiss, Eric Jay Dolin, Jonathan Green, Joyce Maynard, David Ferry, Sydney Lea, Mary Jo Salter, Major Jackson, Rhina Espaillat, Russell Banks, Andre Dubus III, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Elizabeth Elo, Eleanor Lipman, and Hank Phillippi Ryan, are among the participating authors and poets. On Saturday night, our weekend of events comes to a close with a lively discussion featuring local book clubs.

6:00pm to 9:30pm
Various venues in downtown Newburyport
Market Square
01950 Newburyport, Massachusetts

recent news and updates

Apr 25 2019
The 2019 Southeastern Regional NC Poetry Festival is a four-day celebration of National Poetry Month in Fayetteville, North Carolina.Recently concluded events include creative writing workshop and open mic at the Cumberland County Public Library and an LGBTQ open mic at Winterbloom Tea. Closing the festival are various poetry slam competitions on April 26 and 27.Visit the Southeastern Regional NC Poetry Festival to learn more.
Apr 23 2019
Residents of Minot, North Dakota, are celebrating National Poetry Month with Poetry Palooza, co-presented by Full STEAM Ahead, Humanities North Dakota, and the Minot Public Library. Recently concluded programs include an open mic hosted by Classic Rock Coffee and a poetry and pottery workshop. Poetry Palooza's final event will be an ice cream social and reading at Main Street Books on April 27. Visit Poetry Palooza to learn more.