Here Are 5 Ways to Celebrate!


Encourage students and teachers to participate in the Dear Poet project

Dear Poet, the Academy of American Poets’ multimedia education project, invites students in grades 5-12 to write letters in response to poems shared by award-winning poets serving on the organization’s Board of Chancellors, including Elizabeth Alexander, Terrance Hayes, Marilyn Nelson, and Alberto Ríos. The Chancellors recite their poems in a series of exclusive videos presented on Poets.org. Students can mail their response letters to the Academy of American Poets or email them to dearpoet@poets.org by April 30. Selected letters will receive a reply from the poet and will be featured on Poets.org in May.

Participating Chancellors include Elizabeth Alexander, Ellen Bass, Marilyn Chin, Forrest Gander, Linda Gregerson, Brenda Hillman, Alicia Ostriker, and Alberto Ríos.

Teachers interested in offering Dear Poet as a classroom activity can visit Poets.org to access the free lesson plan that accompanies the videos.

Celebrate National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 18, 2019

On Poem in Your Pocket Day, people select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day. The Academy of American Poets provides free resources for celebrating National Poem in Your Pocket Day, including a downloadable PDF of pocket poems on Poets.org.

Poem in Your Pocket Day was launched in 2002 by the New York City Office of the Mayor, in partnership with the New York City Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education. In 2008, the Academy of American Poets took the initiative national, and in 2016 to Canada in partnership with the League of Canadian Poets. People can share their poem online using the official hashtag #pocketpoem.

Request a free National Poetry Month poster featuring lines by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith

For the first time ever, the National Poetry Month poster was designed by a student— Julia Wang from San Jose, California. The poster is available for free through Poets.org while supplies last and also as a downloadable PDF. In partnership with the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English, the Academy of American Poets will distribute over 100,000 National Poetry Month posters to classrooms, libraries, and bookstores throughout the United States.

Sign up to receive a Poem-a-Day

Join over 185,000 poetry readers receiving a never before published poem to their inbox every weekday, and classic poems on the weekends. To sign up for this free series, which will be curated by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith this April, visit Poets.org.

Use the official #NationalPoetryMonth hashtag and logo

Follow the thousands of National Poetry Month celebrations taking place using #NationalPoetryMonth. Schools, libraries, publishers, booksellers, reading coordinators, and poets are also invited to tweet their events to the Academy of American Poets @POETSorg so the organization might re-share as it’s able. To promote events, the Academy of American Poets invites and encourages use of the official National Poetry Month logo, which can be downloaded from Poets.org.

About the Academy of American Poets

Founded in 1934, the Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets. The organization produces Poets.org, the world’s largest publicly funded website for poets and poetry; founded National Poetry Month; publishes the popular Poem-a-Day series; offers Teach This Poem and other resources for K-12 educators; and presents an annual series of poetry readings and special events. The organization also coordinates the work of a national poetry coalition working to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.

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