National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

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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

 

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Feb 24 2018

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: NASTY WOMEN Poets! A Book Reading & Signing

Join us for a Book Reading & Signing by NASTY WOMEN POETS to celebrate the release of NASTY WOMEN POETS: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse, edited by Grace Bower and Julie Kane, on Saturday, February 24, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA. 
 
Featured poets include Andi Boyd, Hélène Cardona, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Ronna Magy, Lisa Mecham, Melinda Palacio, and Lynne Thompson.
 
NASTY WOMEN POETS (Lost Horse Press, 2017) speaks not just to the current political climate and the man who is responsible for its title, but to the stereotypes and expectations women have faced dating back to Eve, and to the long history of women resisting those limitations. The nasty women poets included here talk back to the men who created those limitations, honor foremothers who offered models of resistance and survival, rewrite myths, celebrate their own sexuality and bodies, and the girlhoods they survived. They sing, swear, swagger, and celebrate, and stake claim to life and art on their own terms.
 
The anthology includes work from Kim Addonizio, Jan Beatty, Kelly Cherry, Annie Finch, Alice Friman, Allison Joseph, Marilyn Kallet, Melissa Kwasny, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Jessica Mehta, Lesléa Newman, Nuala O’Connor, Alicia Suskin Ostriker, Melinda Palacio, Jennifer Perrine, Marge Piercy, Lucinda Roy, Maureen Seaton, Rochelle Spencer, A.E. Stallings, Stacey Waite, Diane Wakoski, Müesser Yeniay, and a fabulous coven of other women’s voices.
 
This event is free and open to the public.
 
 
To be considered for #PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week, we invite you to become a registered user of Poets.org and use our online calendar Poetry Near You to promote local events in your community.
 
 
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Beyond Baroque
681 Venice Blvd
90291 Venice, California
Feb 21 2018

St. Vincent College Visiting Writers Series: Meg Matich

Meg Matich is the unabashed founder of the Reykjavik (where she lives) Poetry Brothel. She received her MFA from Columbia University and her BA from SVC. She’s a translator of Icelandic and German-language literature, whose translations have appeared/are forthcoming in The Boston Review, Words Without Borders, Asymptote, and others. Her first book, Cold Moons (Phoneme Media, 2017) by Magnús Sigurðsson, received a PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant, and is currently being turned into a choral symphony (English). Otherwise, she’s received grants and fellowships from the Fulbright Comission, the DAAD, the Banff Centre, the Icelandic Literature Center, etc, and is optimistically at work on two thin anthologies of contemporary Icelandic poetry (fall 2018). She blogs Icelandic language and culture at Transparent Icelandic. 

Since its inception in 2008, the Saint Vincent College Visiting Writers Series has brought writers of merit to our campus in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. In addition to poets hailing from across the country, the series targets international writers in translation as well as writers from Western Pennsylvania.

Free and open to the public.

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5:30pm
Saint Vincent College
300 Fraser Purchase Road
Luparello Lecture Hall
15650-2690 Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Feb 21 2018

Diana Arterian & Anna Vitale

Diana Arterian is the author of Playing Monster :: Seiche (1913 Press, 2017), the chapbooks With Lightness & Darkness and Other Brief Pieces (Essay Press, 2017), Death Centos (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013), and co-editor of Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics (Ricochet, 2016). A Poetry Editor at Noemi Press, her creative work has been recognized with fellowships from the Banff Centre, Caldera, Vermont Studio Center, and Yaddo, and her poetry, essays, and translations have appeared in Asymptote, BOMB, Black Warrior Review, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, and Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. Born and raised in Arizona, she currently resides in Los Angeles where she is a doctoral candidate in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. She holds an MFA in poetry from CalArts, where she was a Beutner Fellow.

Anna Vitale is the author of Detroit Detroit​ (Roof Books), Different Worlds (Troll Thread), and several chapbooks, including Unknown Pleasures (Perfect Lovers). Recent writing ​has appeared or is ​forthcoming ​in BathHouse Journal, Columbia Poetry Review, Jacket2, and ​Supplement. She​ lives in Brooklyn and ​hosts ​​the Tenderness Junction on WFMU.

Admission fee: $8.00
8:00pm
The Poetry Project
131 E 10th Street
10003 New York, New York

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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