Dear Poet 2021

Engage directly with award-winning poets as part of National Poetry Month.

Every National Poetry Month we present Dear Poet, a multimedia education project that invites young people in grades five through twelve to write letters in response to poems written and read by award-winning poets, including poets who serve on the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors and who have received our Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowships.

The submission period for Dear Poet 2021 is currently closed.

Read a brief essay about Dear Poet.

Read about one high school's participation in the project.

Browse this Dear Poet teacher collaboration featuring video walk-throughs, writing prompts, and a short assignment.

Use this lesson plan for Dear Poet 2021.

Guadalupe, Dear Poet to Jane Hirshfield

Letters from Dear Poet 2020

In a letter addressed to all participating students, Joy Harjo writes, “It is these times, times in which our communities are ‘broken and bereft,’ we turn to poetry. Poetry can hold nearly anything... ”

Read letters from the 2020 Dear Poet project alongside responses from Joy Harjo, Marie Howe, Brenda Hillman, Alberto Ríos, Marilyn Chin, Raquel Salas Rivera, Forrest Gander, and more.



(The following videos may be better suited for high school students)