About the Celebration

National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

Join the celebration each April by listing your events and attending other events in your community, signing up for and displaying the official National Poetry Month poster, participating in Poem in Your Pocket Day, recommending the Dear Poet project to a young person, signing up to read a Poem-a-Day, and checking out 30 more ways to celebrate.

We hope National Poetry Month’s events and activities will inspire you to keep celebrating poetry all year long!

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News & Updates

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…
Apr 23, 2018

The Atrocious Poets, a poetry collective based in Woodstock, Illinois, is observing National Poetry Month with…

Dusk ran before me to its strand And cloudily leaned forth to touch The moon’s slow wonder with her hand. —Léon… https://t.co/VdDe7SJOkO
They crossed enemy lines, slipped the blossoms into soldiers’ fists. What might have been a child’s crown for… https://t.co/u9kAHcqZGK
Read this poem by John Milton, born #OTD in 1608. https://t.co/NKEeeEYXRj
I laugh or weep, Some inner silences are at my heart. —Léonie Adams, born #OTD in 1899 https://t.co/xaUMnJhEpj