news & updates

May 28 2014

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.  

May 19 2014

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.

Apr 17 2014

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

Mar 01 2014

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.

Apr 08 2014
In honor of the Academy of American Poets’ 80th anniversary this year, the award-winning artist Chip Kidd created a Walt Whitman inspired poster for National Poetry Month.
National Poetry Month Poster 2014