National Poetry Month
Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month is a special occasion that celebrates poets’ integral role in our culture and that poetry matters. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K–12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, families, and—of course—poets, marking poetry’s important place in our lives.
In April 2023, U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón selected twenty new poems by contemporary poets to be featured in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series as part of a collaboration with the Library of Congress.
Thanks in part to our National Poetry Month partners and sponsors, each April the Academy is able to offer activities, initiatives, and resources so that anyone can join the celebration:
- Stay tuned for next year’s official National Poetry Month poster
- Learn how to celebrate at home
- Learn how to celebrate in the classroom
- Our annual, Poetry & the Creative Mind virtual gala was held on April 26, 2023
- Find poetry readings and events on our Poetry Near You calendar, and add your own
- Encourage students in grades five through twelve to participate in the Dear Poet Project
- Sign up for Poem-a-Day and enjoy a free daily poem in your inbox curated by our guest editors
- Follow the thousands of celebrations taking place on social media with the official hashtag #NationalPoetryMonth and follow the Academy of American Poets on Twitter and Instagram @POETSorg
- Share a #PocketPoem on Poem in Your Pocket Day
- Make a gift to the Academy of American Poets
- Add the official National Poetry Month logo to your events: