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Jan 18 2016
Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people throughout the United States celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day as schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and other venues ring loud with open readings of poems from pockets. Join us this year on April 21st. Poem in Your Pocket Day was originally initiated in 2002 by the Office of the Mayor, in partnership with the New York City Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education, as part of the city’s National Poetry Month celebration. In 2008, the Academy of American Poets took the initiative national, encouraging individuals around the country to join in and channel their inner bard. Learn more about Poem in Your Pocket Day here.
May 21 2015

Thanks to everyone who participated in Dear Poet, our National Poetry Month education project that invited young people to respond to poems written and read by some of the award-winning poets who serve on our Board of Chancellors. We received 1,500+ letters from students (and teachers), and our Chancellors were thrilled to respond to a selection of them. We've included others from across the country, and around the world.

Dear Poet letter
Apr 28 2015

Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people throughout the United States celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day. Take a look at how these innovative schools and libraries are celebrating this year.

Apr 27 2015

Today we spotlight Poetry Minute, a collaboration between The University of Arkansas Press and NPR affiliate KUAF in celebration of National Poetry Month. Every day in April, KUAF will air a poem read by a poetry enthusiast with a Northwest Arkansas connection. The segments will air four times a day on KUAF and be archived on their website,

Apr 20 2015

The city of West Hollywood is celebrating National Poetry Month with a variety of events and workshops to celebrate the art of the written word. Steven Reigns, who was selected as West Hollywood's first official City Poet in 2014, curated this month’s line-up of events and conceived of the Lamppost Banners project.

Steven Reigns. Photo credit: Tony Coelho
Apr 13 2015

Today we feature two National Poetry Month celebrations in Vermont: PoemCity and PoemTown. PoemCity brings a wide array of programs to Montpelier, Vermont, including workshops; readings by poets from around the state; musical, art, and theatrical poetry presentations; and open mics. During April, work by contemporary Vermont poets will be on display in downtown Montpelier.

Apr 06 2015

Today we spotlight, home of National Poetry Month San Antonio. The website features a book list that highlights recently published collections by local poets, and a National Poetry Month Calendar, which promotes local events in April and beyond.

Apr 09 2015

We are excited to announce that we will be collaborating with Papyrus to celebrate poetry in their stores this National Poetry Month. On April 18, we'll co-present poetry readings at three of Papyrus's New York City locations:

Apr 03 2015

This National Poetry Month, through our Dear Poet project, we're inviting students in grades 5-12 to engage with poetry by watching videos of some of the award-wining poets who serve on our Board of Chancellors sharing their poems and writing letters to the poets in response to the poems. We've also created a Common Core-aligned lesson plan to accompany the project.

Apr 01 2015

Today kicks off the largest literary celebration in the world, with everyone from schools and libraries to publishers and booksellers recognizing the vital role of poetry in our culture. Whether you’re a new writer, established writer, reader, teacher, or newcomer to the art form, we have a number of ways for you to join in the celebration this month.