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. 

Thanks in part to our National Poetry Month partners and sponsors, each April the Academy is able to offer activities, initiatives, and resources so that anyone can join the celebration:

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Apr 01, 2022

Friday, April 1 marks the beginning of the 26th annual National Poetry Month, an occasion launched by the Academy of American Poets to celebrate the integral role…

Apr 01, 2022

The Academy of American Poets, in partnership with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, invites you to participate in the twentieth annual …

Apr 01, 2022

The Academy of American Poets is honored to present its 2022 Leadership Award in poetry…

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