The official National Poetry Month poster for 2013, designed by Jessica Helfand.

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. This year’s theme is letter writing, and the role this intimate act has played in the lives of poets. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops and other events. Check out our list below to see events in New York.


103rd Annual Awards Ceremony: Robert Bly

The evening will feature readings by award recipients and the presentation of the 2013 Frost Medal to Robert Bly, who ...

A Season in Poetry: Sarah Arvio, Peter Covino and Adam Kirsch

To celebrate the season of winter, poets will read classic favorites as well as their own works at the largest ...

American Poet Launch

The Academy of American Poets celebrates the launch of the spring 2013 issue of American Poet, its bi-annual journal. Poets ...

Celebrating Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology

Readings by contributors to the anthology "Postmodern American Poetry."

First Tuesdays Open Readings

All ages and levels, from beginner to published, are welcome to read original poetry at this monthly series.

Keeping Time: Poets and Musicians Honor Grand Central

Poetry in Motion poets join performers from Music Under New York for an evening of music and poetry honoring Grand ...

Lannie Hart: Phenomenal Women

SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery is pleased to present Phenomenal Women new paintings and sculptures by artist Lannie Hart. William Blake said ...

Nuyorican Friday Night Poetry Slam

The first poetry slam ever in New York City was held at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in 1989, and 20 ...

Poem in Your Pocket

The idea is simple: select a poem you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you to share ...

Poems from the Platform

To celebrate National Poetry Month, the New York Transit Museum will share their favorite transportation and city-related poems in the ...

Poetry and the Creative Mind Gala

Some of America's leading artists, scholars, and public figures will come together on one stage in April for an extraordinary ...

Poetry at 100: An Anniversary Reading

With Frank Bidart, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Mary Karr, Marie Ponsot, Don Share, Atsuro Riley, Christian Wiman and Charles Wright.

Seventh Annual Evening of Young Poets

The National Arts Club presents the Seventh Annual Evening of Young Poets, featuring Brooklyn-based writers Mika Gellman, Andrew Hurst, Jennifer ...

Urban Word NYC 15th Annual Teen Poetry Slam

The Grand Slam Final will be hosted by Regie Cabico with performances by Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy’s Youth Ensemble and ...

Urbana Poetry Slam

This is a quirky and eccentric series, and even though it's featured some of the biggest names in poetry--Billy Collins, ...