April Is National Poetry Month

Booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools, poets and poetry lovers across the country come together every April to observe National Poetry Month. Read on to learn more about the ways they are celebrating and to find out how you can join in.

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The Academy of American Poets introduced National Poetry Month in 1996 to increase both the awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. This month-long annual event has since become the largest literary celebration in the world. To encourage people to celebrate National Poetry Month this April, the Academy has launched several month long programs, including:


Beginning April 1, the Academy will email a new poem each day to your inbox. All you have to do is sign up for their Poem-A-Day newsletter. Emailed poems are selected from books published in the spring.

Poem on the Range

Poetry lovers around the world will be participating in a collaborative multimedia-mapping project known as 'Poem on the Range' throughout the month of April. You can join in on the fun by uploading photos and videos of places that have been immortalized in famous poems. Footage can be posted to the Academy's Google Map for Poem on the Range or the Poem on the Range Flickr Group. If you post your material by April 21, you may be one of three people who will win a special prize.

poem in your pocket day

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poem in Your Pocket Day will be celebrated across the country on April 29. To participate, choose your favorite poem, place it in your pocket and share it with family, friends, classmates and co-workers. If you're a digital junkie, try sharing your poem via your blog, email, Facebook or Twitter account.

Poetry and Creative Mind Gala

The Academy of American Poets will host its annual benefit, Poetry & The Creative Mind, at Lincoln Center in New York on April 20. A number of celebrated artists, scholars and public figures attend the event each year. Tickets for this event are still available; ticket prices start at $40.

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Other Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month

The Academy of American Poets suggests several other ways of celebrating, including reading new poems, revisiting old poems, listening to poetry readings, reciting a poem to someone you know or buying a book of poems for your local library. The following resources can help you do all of these things and more:

  • Read Print - Read Print is a great place to find free classic poems that can be printed or read online.
  • Poetcast - The Academy of American Poets' official podcast features poetry readings and interviews with poets.
  • About Poetry - This About.com site offers a blog, poetry forums, articles about poetry, poetry reviews and tips on writing poetry.
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