National Poetry Month
National Poetry Month* is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives. The Academy of American Poets was inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), and founded National Poetry Month in April 1996 with an aim to:
- highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets
- encourage the reading of poems
- assist teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms
- increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media
- encourage increased publication and distribution of poetry books
- encourage support for poets and poetry
Here are some local ways to join the celebration
Sign up for one of amazing summer BASE Camps. In honor of Poetry Month, see our Mosaic Mural and Spoken Word camps; both NEW this year.
Purchase a tile that will be part of the 600 sq ft mosaic mural commemorating poet Gwendolyn Brooks 100th Birthday.