In the fall of 2018, the Academy of American Poets, the originator and organizer of National Poetry Month, invited students in grades 9 through 12 to enter artwork to be considered for the official April 2019 National Poetry Month poster. For the first time in twenty-two years, the 2019 poster, which is sent to 100,000 libraries, schools, bookstores, and community centers nationwide and made available by download on, will feature a student's winning artwork. 

The Academy of American Poets is excited to share the following twelve finalists in the first-ever National Poetry Month Poster Contest. These finalists were selected from more than 450 submissions—thank you, again, to everyone who submitted! The finalists' artwork, which features a line of poetry by U. S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, is shown here alongside excerpts from statements the students have provided about their work. Read about the winner of the 2019 contest