The poet laureate of the United States, Tracy K. Smith, has selected twenty-five poems by contemporary poets to be featured in the Academy of American Poets’ popular Poem-a-Day series in April.

“I’m honored and excited to curate the month of April for Poem-a-Day, a series that shares the good news of poetry every single day, even covering the spaces, like small towns or rural communities, that poetry festivals and reading series sometimes fail to reach,” said Tracy K. Smith.

Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for her book Life on Mars (Graywolf Press, 2011), Smith is the twenty-second poet to serve as poet laureate. She was appointed by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden in June 2017. Smith’s latest book, Wade in the Water, will be published by Graywolf Press on April 3, 2018.

Launched in 2006, Poem-a-Day is the original and only daily digital poetry series featuring over 200 new, previously unpublished poems by today’s talented poets each year. The series is distributed via email, web, social media, and syndication to 350,000+ readers.

“We’re grateful to work with the U. S. poet laureate this April in celebration of National Poetry Month, which the Academy of American Poets founded in 1996. We know that thousands of individuals, and especially students, will learn about poets and poetry for this first time this month. With Tracy K. Smith’s leadership, we hope many of them will become regular readers of poems,” said Jennifer Benka, executive director of the Academy of American Poets.

Celebrate National Poetry Month!



Readers interested in receiving Poem-a-Day, a free emailed series, can sign up here:

For more information about National Poetry Month, visit:

You can follow the thousands of National Poetry Month Celebrations taking place throughout the United States by using #nationalpoetrymonth and following @POETSorg.

You can also use the National Poetry Month logo, which can be downloaded from, on your poetry event materials.

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, 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.


Here Are 5 Ways to Celebrate!

Encourage students and teachers to participate in the Dear Poet project

The Academy of American Poets is inviting students in grades five through twelve to be a part of Dear Poet for National Poetry Month. To participate, students watch a series of exclusive videos on the organization’s website,, that feature award-winning poets, members of the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors, sharing their poems. They then write a letter responding to one of the poems. Students who mail or email their letter to the Academy of American Poets by April 27, 2017 (Poem in Your Pocket Day) have a chance to receive a reply from the poet and have their letter featured on the site.

Participating Chancellors include Mark DotyMarilyn NelsonLinda GregersonJuan Felipe HerreraBrenda HillmanJane HirshfieldKhaled MattawaAlicia OstrikerAlberto RíosArthur Sze, and Anne Waldman.

Local teachers interested in offering the project as a classroom activity can visit to access a free Common Core-aligned Dear Poet lesson plan.

Celebrate National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 27, 2017

On April 27, Poem in Your Pocket Day, people across North America will select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day. People can also share their poem online using the official hashtag #pocketpoem. The Academy of American Poets provides free resources for celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day, including a downloadable PDF of poems that we curated with the League of Canadian Poets, on

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 today it is celebrated in schools, communities, and workplaces in all 50 states.

Request a free National Poetry Month poster designed by Maira Kalman

Award-winning artist and illustrator Maira Kalman created this year’s official National Poetry Month poster. The poster is available for free through while supplies last.

Each year, in partnership with American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English, the organization distributes over 120,000 free National Poetry Month posters to classrooms, libraries, and bookstores throughout the United States.

Sign up to receive a Poem-a-Day

Join over 140,000 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 curated by the Academy of American Poets, visit

Use the official National Poetry Month hashtags and logo

Follow the thousands of National Poetry Month Celebrations taking place throughout the United States by using #npm17, and on April 27 (Poem in Your Pocket Day) the hashtag #pocketpoem. You can also use the new National Poetry Month logo, which can be downloaded from, on your poetry event materials.