We are excited to share that 2014 National Book Award finalist and award-winning New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast will design the official celebratory poster for National Poetry Month, April 2015. Each year the Academy distributes a poster free-of-charge to over 100,000 schools, libraries, and bookstores nationwide for their April celebrations. Known for her sharp wit and true-to-life storytelling, Chast was selected by renowned graphic designer Chip Kidd on behalf of the Academy of American Poets.
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For this year's National Poetry Month, we asked students throughout the United States to write and submit poems in response to those shared by some of the award-winning poets who serve on our Board of Chancellors. We received over 1,000 submissions to our Poet-to-Poet Project, including poems from the National Student Poets and the students at 826 chapters nationwide. Thank you to all of the participants! View a selection of Poet-to-Poet poems here.
Thank you to our sponsors and the many millions of teachers, students, booksellers, librarians, small press publishers, and especially poets, who helped make National Poetry Month the largest literary celebration in the world. In April 2014, National Poetry Month and Poem in Your Pocket Day was mentioned thousands of times in news publications throughout the United States, and many inspiring events took place in local communities. For example, one North Carolina based poet was able to secure 18 official mayoral proclamations declaring April as National Poetry Month.
Each year on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people throughout the United States select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others.
This April our friends at Scholastic are offering a few copies of Jon J. Muth's new children's poetry book Hi, Koo! to Poem in Your Pocket Day participants. For your chance to win a copy
This year, we've launched Poet-to-Poet, a new multimedia education project that invites young people throughout the United States to write and submit poems in response to those shared by award-winning poets who serve on the Academy’s Board of Chancellors.