National Poetry Month

Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month reminds 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, families, and, of course, poets, marking poetry's important place in our lives. In 2021, the Academy of American Poets looks forward to celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of this annual celebration!

Each April, the Academy 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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Jan 28, 2021

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…

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,
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