New York, NY (January 22, 2015)—The Academy of American Poets—which founded and continues to organize National Poetry Month each year—is pleased to announce the following activities and initiatives for this coming April’s celebration of poets and poetry. 

Official Hashtag and Logo

Follow the thousands of National Poetry Month celebrations taking place using #npm15. Schools, libraries, publishers, booksellers, reading coordinators, and poets are also invited to tweet their events to the Academy of American Poets at @POETSorg.

The Academy of American Poets encourages use of the new National Poetry Month logo, which can be downloaded from

Official National Poetry Month Poster Designed by Roz Chast

2014 National Book Award finalist and New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast has created this year’s official National Poetry Month poster, which features a line of poetry by Mark Strand. The poster is available for free through while supplies last.

Each year, in partnership with American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English, the organization distributes over 120,000 free National Poetry Month posters to classrooms, libraries, and bookstores throughout the United States.

Dear Poet Project

Dear Poet, the Academy of American Poets’ multimedia education project, invites students in grades 5-12 to write letters in response to poems shared by award-winning poets serving on the organization’s Board of Chancellors. The Chancellors will recite their poems in a series of exclusive videos presented on Teachers interested in offering Dear Poet as a classroom activity can visit to access a free Common Core-aligned lesson plan that accompanies the videos.

Participating Chancellors include Cave Canem cofounder Toi Derricotte, National Book Award recipient Marilyn Hacker, Poet Laureate of California Juan Felipe Herrera, National Book Award finalist Edward Hirsch, Academy Fellowship recipient Jane Hirshfield, Lannan Foundation Fellow Naomi Shihab Nye, Jackson Poetry Prize winner Arthur Sze, and former Poet Laureate of Rhode Island C. D. Wright.

Students can mail their response letters to the Academy of American Poets or email them to [email protected] by April 30, 2015. Selected letters will receive a reply from the poet and will be featured on

Poetry & the Creative Mind on April 15, 2015, in New York City

On April 15, the Academy of American Poets will hold its annual Poetry & the Creative Mind celebration at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. The event celebrates poetry’s important place in our culture, and its impact on the lives of readers, and features leading and legendary actors, dancers, artists, musicians, and public figures on one stage sharing their favorite poems. The always inspiring evening is a benefit, which raises funds to support the educational programs of the Academy of American Poets.

National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 30, 2015

On National Poem in Your Pocket Day, people throughout the United States select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day. The Academy of American Poets provides free resources for celebrating National Poem in Your Pocket Day, including a downloadable a PDF of pocket poems on

Poem in Your Pocket Day was launched in 2002 by the New York City Office of the Mayor, in partnership with the New York City Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education. In 2008, the Academy of American Poets took the initiative national and today it is celebrated in schools, communities, and workplaces in all 50 states. People can also share their poem online using the official hashtag #pocketpoem., the website of the Academy of American Poets, has many resources for celebrating National Poetry Month, including poetry listings throughout the United States and lesson plans for teachers who want to bring poetry into their classroom. Visit for more about National Poetry Month initiatives across the United States.


About National Poetry Month

Established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world. The goals of National Poetry Month are to highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets; to encourage the reading of poems; to assist teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms; to increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media; to encourage increased publication and distribution of poetry books; and to encourage philanthropic support for poets and poetry.

The following organizations helped make National Poetry Month 2015 possible: 826 National, American Booksellers Association, American Library Association, Graywolf Press, National Council of Teachers of English, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Papyrus, Random House, and Scholastic.

About the Academy of American Poets

The Academy of American Poets is the largest member-supported nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets. The organization produces, the world’s largest publicly-funded website for poets and poetry; National Poetry Month; American Poets magazine; and an annual series of poetry readings and special events. In addition, since its founding in 1934, the Academy of American Poets has awarded more money to poets than any other organization through its American Poets Prizes.