National Poetry Month

Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month is a special occasion that celebrates poets’ integral role 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. 

As a special offering this April, U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón has selected twenty new poems by contemporary poets to be featured in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series as part of a collaboration with the Library of Congress. 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:

Sponsors & Partners

National Poetry Month Sponsors 2022


Poem in your pocket day 2020 lightbox
Participate Where You Live

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poem in Your Pocket Day was initiated in April 2002 by the Office of the Mayor...

Upcoming Events

News & Updates

Mar 28, 2023

New York, NY (March 28, 2023)—Eduardo C. Corral has selected Sara Daniele Rivera’s manuscript The Blue Mimes as the recipient of the 2023 Academy of…

Mar 27, 2023

New York, NY (March 27, 2023)—The poet laureate of the United States,

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…
Read today’s #PoemADay: “Horse” by Lisa Olstein
After the wintry pain, And the long, long sorrow, Sing, heart!—for thee again Joy comes with the morrow. —…
Is it possible that spring could be once more approaching? We forget each time what a mindless business it is, poro…
Listen to Lisa Olstein read “Horse” #PoemADay