What is National Poetry Month?



In the U.S., National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 as a month-long celebration of poetry each April. As their website says, “Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.”

As it has grown, National Poetry Month has included celebrations both individual and personal. Many poets try to write a poem each day and consume more poetry as readers. They attend readings, give readings, and generally raise the general consciousness about poetry in American society.

The National Poetry Month hub on poets.org includes a feature, “30 Ways to Celebrate,” listing additional approaches that step beyond public readings and buying books of poetry.  The hub also includes the programs sponsored specifically by the Academy of American Poets as well as an interactive map that lists April poetry activities nationwide.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Academy of American Poets and poets.org, one of the most meaningful ways you could celebrate National Poetry Month is to visit the site and discover everything it has to offer.


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