Don’t hesitate Let’s celebrate!
Just you and me
April is that special time
to share a poem or read a rhyme.
Established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is celebrated each April to increase awareness and encourage appreciation of poetry.
This is a time for publishers, booksellers and educators to take advantage of this special opportunity to highlight the diversity of poetry across the country and over the generations.
Looking for ways to join the fun and participate?
Why don’t you sit down and write some poetry that you have longed to do?
You say you’re not that bold; then head over to the library and check out a book or two on poetry.
While you are at your local library, ask the librarian how they are celebrating.
Are they hosting a poetrywriting contest for teenagers?
Will they be having a lecture or poetry reading this month?
If you are up for a little travel, you may wish to visit one of the many American Poetry Landmarks: whether it’s Emily Dickinson’s home in Amherst, Massachusetts or the American Poets Corner at the Cathedral Church of St. John Divine in New York City, New York, you can explore homes, gravesites and cultural centers that offer poetic inspiration in April or anytime.
You might consider the always popular “Adopt-a-Poet” program established to support the care and maintenance of Academy of American Poets. And just who is the AAP? The Academy of American Poets was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. To Academy administers a wide variety of programs, including National Poetry Month. offers online educational resources and free poetry lesson plans for high school teachers.
Check out the Academy of American Poets website, http://www.poets.org/ for a list of events and activities around the country.