About the Celebration

National Poetry Month was launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996 to remind the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K–12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, and, of course, poets, marking poetry's important place in our lives. 

Each April, the Academy of American Poets offers activities, initiatives, and resources so that anyone can join in online and at home and—hopefully—find comfort, resilience, and connection throughout the month of April and beyond:

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Apr 02, 2020

For National Poetry Month 2020, we are more committed than ever to doing everything it can to bring poetry to the widest possible audience. We invite you to visit our Poetry Near You

Apr 03, 2019
On April 7, 2019, Cyclovia Tucson will partner with The University of Arizona Poetry Center,
Mar 26, 2019
Ellensburg, Washington, will host an annual Inland Poetry Prowl from April 5 to 7. Paying homage to Sylvia Plath with the theme of “Sylvia’s Tulips,” the fourth annual Prowl…
"if your words came back gray and kind as mild winter believe me I’d still understand offer my own red language" T… https://t.co/1APXehxZ7a
We are something else, We are Native People, Indigenous to this land. We are a proud, Something else. —Rainy Dawn… https://t.co/p1hxtkb106
Submissions to the 2021 Inaugural Poem Contest for Students are now open through 12/30. Winning poems will be featu… https://t.co/BAN367LumS
Read today's Poem-a-Day: "No More Fire Here: A Sestina" by b: william bearhart #PoemADay https://t.co/UUY1dqWbIk