For National Poetry Month 2017, we presented Dear Poet, a multimedia education project that invited young people in grades five through twelve to write letters in response to poems written and read by some of the award-winning poets who serve on the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors. And to help teachers bring Dear Poet to the classroom, we worked with a curriculum specialist to design a lesson plan, aligned with the Common Core.

Thank you to all of the classrooms that participated in this year’s project. Take a look at a selection of letters and the Chancellors' responses, as well as letters from 826 National Students.

read the dear poet lesson plan

watch the dear poet videos