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 carry a poem in their pocket.
Poetry & the Creative Mind
The 2018 annual gala was held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 25.
Oct 18 2018 to Oct 21 2018
For the fifth time, the largest poetry event in North America, the Dodge Poetry Festival, will return to Newark, New Jersey. For four days, Newark’s vibrant downtown Arts District will host the Festival, featuring some of our most celebrated, diverse and vibrant poets and spoken word artists.
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, Pulitzer Prize-winners Sharon Olds and Gregory Pardlo, as well as much-published and award-winning poets Sandra Cisneros, Sapphire, Eileen Myles, Ntozake Shange, Henri Cole, Gregory Orr, Mary Ruefle, and David Young, will be giving Featured Readings during the Festival and are among the dozens of acclaimed poets who will participate in the four-day event, which takes place at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and other venues in Newark’s Downtown Arts District from Thursday, October 18 through Sunday, October 21, 2018.
To be considered for #PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week, we invite you to become a registered user of Poets.org for free and to use our online calendar Poetry Near You to promote local events in your community.
Admission fee: $70.00
9:30am to 4:00pm
New Jersey Performing Arts Center & Newark Downtown Arts District
1 Center Street07102 Newark, New Jersey
Oct 25 2018
#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Robert Lowell Memorial Reading Series presents Marilyn Chin & Tara Skurtu
Join Academy of American Poets Chancellor Marilyn Chin and Tara Skurtu for a reading on October 25, 2018, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center's Roosevelt Room in Boston, Massachusetts.
Marilyn Chin is an award-winning poet and author. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Portland, Oregon, her works have become Asian American classics and are taught in classrooms internationally. Marilyn Chin’s books of poems include A Portrait of the Self as Nation: New and Selected Poems, Hard Love Province, Rhapsody in Plain Yellow, Dwarf Bamboo, and The Phoenix Gone, The Terrace Empty. She also published a book of magical fiction called Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen. In addition to writing poetry and fiction, she has translated poems by the modern Chinese poet Ai Qing and co-translated poems by the Japanese poet Gozo Yoshimasu.
Tara Skurtu is an American poet, translator, and public speaker based in Romania. A two-time U.S. Fulbright grantee and recipient of two Academy of American Poets prizes and a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship in Poetry, her poems are published in magazines such as Salmagundi, The Kenyon Review, and Poetry Review. Tara is the author of the chapbook Skurtu, Romania and the full poetry collection The Amoeba Game. She was a lecturer in creative writing and composition at Boston University, taught incarcerated students through BU’s Prison Education Program, and was on the planning and teaching team for Robert Pinsky’s inaugural MOOC, “The Art of Poetry.” She teaches creative writing in Bucharest.
Boston University, Mugar Memorial Library, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Roosevelt Room
771 Commonwealth Avenue02215 Boston, Massachusetts
Oct 18 2018
Charis and Cliterati pair up to present an inviting and fierce open mic & reading series on the 3rd Thursday of every month. This month's featured poet is July Westhale, the author of Trailer Trash (winner of the 2016 Kore Press Book Award), The Cavalcade, and Occasionally Accurate Science. Her most recent poetry can be found in The National Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, CALYX, Tupelo Quarterly, RHINO, phoebe, Eleven Eleven, Lunch Ticket, and Quarterly West. Her essays have been nominated for Best American Essays, as well as the Pushcart prize.
This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary Event. The Suggested Donation for Charis Circle is $5.
1189 Euclid Avenue NE30307 Atlanta, Georgia