About the Celebration

National Poetry Month was launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996 to remind 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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During National Poetry Month in 2020, we asked our readers to share a poem from our

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News & Updates

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,
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…
Decades later, in front of a mirror, I see my body for the first time. A tension behind my eyes passes, as if my re… https://t.co/aN9ooIiw5W
Read today's Poem-a-Day: "Surah" by Tarfia Faizullah @tarfiaaa #PoemADay https://t.co/LQc9CVWc5D
In the muddled eyes—read there: the sun’s, the heart’s ecliptics, the gorgeously whizzing Fornothing. The deaths a… https://t.co/elZkb2gCa4
Listen to Tarfia Faizullah read "Surah" @tarfiaaa #PoemADay https://t.co/YlLqVzXqSo