We're looking forward to this year's National Poetry Month and are excited to announce the following activities and initiatives for this coming April celebration of poets and poetry.

Official Hashtag and Logo

Follow the thousands of National Poetry Month celebrations taking place using #npm17. Schools, libraries, publishers, booksellers, reading coordinators, and poets are also invited to tweet their events to the Academy of American Poets @POETSorg.

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Official National Poetry Month Poster Designed by Maira Kalman

Maira Kalman has created this year’s official National Poetry Month poster. Order your poster now, while supplies last!

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Dear Poet Project

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

Poetry & the Creative Mind

On April 19, the Academy of American Poets will hold its annual Poetry & the Creative Mind celebration at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, hosted by Meryl Streep. 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 27, 2017

On 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 Poets.org.

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