National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

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poetry month April 2017
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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 27. 
 

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

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.
 

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Poetry and the Creative Mind

 

upcoming events

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Aug 21 2017

NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop

Are you working on a memoir, poem, or story and looking for some friendly feedback? Maybe you just want to put pen to paper and see what happens. Join NY Writers Coalition for a free community workshop! This writing group is open to writers of all genres — poetry, fiction, memoir, and anything else — and even to those who think they've never written before! Writing supplies will be provided, so just bring yourself. All levels of experience are welcome. No advanced sign-up is necessary.
 
3:00pm
Central Library, Room 214
10 Grand Army Plaza
11238 Brooklyn, New York
Aug 21 2017

Dudley Poetry Club Summer Workshop

Writers Without Margins hosts a poetry workshop at the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library on the third Monday of each month during the summer. In each meeting, poets bring new work to share and receive feedback. Feedback centers on the aspects of the poem that are working, places where the poem is unclear, and suggestions for revision. All levels are welcome. You do not need to bring a poem to participate. The workshop is facilitated by Pamela Taylor, a Cave Canem fellow and graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts low-residency MFA in Writing program.
 
Contact: info@bpl.org
6:00pm
Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library
65 Warren Street
02119 Roxbury, Massachusetts
Aug 21 2017

Poetry Atlanta presents Franklin Abbott

Poetry Atlanta presents another evening of poetry, featuring poet Franklin Abbott.

7:15pm
Georgia Center for the Book
215 Sycamore St
30030 Decatur, Georgia

recent news and updates

Apr 28 2017
For National Poetry Month, Academy Chancellor Alberto Ríos is collaborating with Arizona State University (ASU) Now photographers Charlie Leight and Deanna Dent to create “visual sonnets." The project, whose name takes inspiration from the number of lines found in a sonnet, features fourteen photographs and poems.
Apr 19 2017
June Jordan
The Center for Black Literature, the Center for Law and Social Justice, and the Brooklyn Public Library are celebrating National Poetry Month with the program “June Jordan: Reflections on Her Life and Activism.” A poet, playwright, and essayist, June Jordan was the author of numerous poetry c

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