National Poetry Month each April is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry's important place in our culture and our lives.
While we celebrate poets and poetry year-round, the Academy of American Poets was inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), and founded National Poetry Month in April 1996 with an aim to:
There are many ways to participate. Here are just a few:
We are grateful to the following organizations who helped make National Poetry Month 2019 possible: 826 National, the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, Andrews McMeel Publishing, Barnes & Noble, the Betsy South Beach Hotel, Bilingual Press, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Glen Hollow, Graywolf Press, the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, O, Miami, Penguin Random House, the Poetry Foundation, Scholastic Inc., and WQXR.