The Academy of American Poets, the originator of National Poetry Month—now a worldwide celebration in its twenty-fifth year—invites students in grades five through twelve to participate in Dear Poet 2021, an annual multimedia education project featuring videos of award-winning poets reading their work, including poets who serve on the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors and who have received Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowships. Students are encouraged to watch the 21 newly-released Dear Poet videos, write letters in response to the poems, and send the letters to [email protected]. Selected letters will be published on, one of the most visited sites for poetry on the web, and shared on social media during the twenty-fifth anniversary of National Poetry Month this April. 

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