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 Day, recommending the Dear Poet project to a young person, signing 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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A multimedia educational project that invites young people to write letters in response to poems shared by our Chancellors.
Poem in Your Pocket Day
Join thousands of individuals across the U.S. who will carry a poem in their pocket on April 27.
Poetry & the Creative Mind
This year's annual gala was held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 19.
Oct 26 2017
#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: An Evening of Poetry and Conversation with Jane Hirshfield and Dan Gerber
Join acclaimed and award-winning poets Jane Hirshfield and Dan Gerber for a poetry reading and book signing at the 2017 Fall Arts Celebration, presented by Grand Valley State University, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus, in Grand Rapids, MI.
Jane Hirshfield has authored many collections of poetry and prose, including The Beauty, which was longlisted for the National Book Award; Come Thief; After, which was shortlisted for England’s T.S. Eliot Prize and named a “best book of 2006” by The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the London Financial Times; Given Sugar, Given Salt, a finalist for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award; The Lives of the Heart; and The October Palace.
In fall 2004, Hirshfield was awarded the 70th Academy Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement by The Academy of American Poets, an honor formerly held by such poets as Robert Frost, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, and Elizabeth Bishop. In 2012, she was elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
Dan Gerber is the author of a dozen books of poetry, fiction, essays, and memory. His most recent book of poems is Sailing through Cassiopeia, and he celebrates the publication of Particles: New & Selected Poems this fall from Copper Canyon Press. His work has received ForeWord Magazine’s Gold Medal Award, a Mark Twain award for distinguished contribution to Midwest literature, a Michigan Author Award plus a Michigan Notable Book Award. He is the co-founder, with the late Jim Harrison, of the literary magazine Sumac, and lives in the Santa Ynez Valley of California.
Eberhard Center, Grand Valley State University
301 W Fulton St49504-6495 Grand Rapids, Michigan
Oct 22 2017
Join David St. John and Susan Terris for an afternoon of poetry at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA.
David St. John is the author of eleven collections of poetry (including Study for the World’s Body, nominated for The National Book Award in Poetry) as well as a volume of essays, interviews and reviews entitled Where the Angels Come Toward Us. In 2017, he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. He is University Professor and Chair of English at The University of Southern California, and lives in Venice Beach, California.
At times lyrical, sometimes conversational, occasionally wry and playful, St. John’s poetry reveals an expansive vision animated by “intimacy and subtlety, and by a disturbing force, the work of an urgent sensibility and a true ear.” (W.S. Merwin) The beauty, music, and artistry of David St. John’s widely admired work is fully on display in this masterful collection.
Susan Terris's most recent books are Memos and Ghost of Yesterday: New & Selected Poems. She is the author of six books of poetry, sixteen chapbooks, three artist’s books, and one play. Journal publications include The Southern Review, Colorado Review, and Ploughshares. A poem of hers from FIELD appeared in Pushcart Prize XXXI. A poem from Memos, first published in the Denver Quarterly, was selected for Best American Poetry 2015. She is the editor of Spillway Magazine and a poetry editor for Pedestal Magazine.
Susan Terris's Take Two: Film Studies is a series of dazzling poems about pairs who are heading in one way or another for trouble, disaster, or death. Each poem is a kind of filmic scene, which has a few movie terms embedded as parenthetical script directives.
Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd 94925 Corte Madera, California
Oct 23 2017
Jen Bervin, Karla Kelsey, and Celina Su join us for a night of poetry at the bookstore. The trio will read from new work and discuss their latest projects, which include a book-length poem whose form and structure is modeled on silk’s DNA structure, a lyric meditation on affect, relationality, and environment, and a collection of poems on imagined, real, and hoped-for migrations and borderlands.
Jen Bervin is an interdisciplinary artist and poet whose research-driven works weave together art, writing, science, and life. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is held in more than thirty collections, including The Walker Art Center and The J. Paul Getty Museum. She has published ten books, including Silk Poems and Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems, named a Best Book of the Year by Hyperallergic and The New Yorker. Jen Bervin’s work receives support from Creative Capital and the Rauschenberg Foundation, and can be viewed on her website.
Karla Kelsey's Of Sphere, selected by Carla Harryman for the 2016 Essay Press Prize, conjures a self and world that both bloom and fall apart. Given this continually unfastening attempt to make a cosmos—to equip, adorn, dress, ornament—what, this essayist wonders, is it to know, and love, and be? In constellation with the experimental prose of writers such as Hélène Cixous, Clarice Lispector, and H.D., the book investigates ways a woman, aware she’s always becoming gendered, might resist sealing into a character according to cultural norms. Along with Of Sphere, Karla is author of three books of poetry, most recently A Conjoined Book (Omnidawn, 2014). Blood Feather, a trio of deconstructed sestinas for three voices, is forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2019. Karla edits and writes for The Constant Critic and co-publishes, along with Aaron McCollough, SplitLevel Texts.
Celina Su was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her first book of poetry, Landia, will be published by Belladonna* in spring 2018. Her publications include two poetry chapbooks, three books on the politics of social policy and civil society, and pieces in journals such as n+1, Harper’s, and Action, Yes. Su is the Marilyn J. Gittell Chair in Urban Studies and an Associate Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York.
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince St10012 New York, New York