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.
Some of America's leading artists, scholars, and public figures will come together on one stage in April for an extraordinary evening celebrating the role of contemporary poetry in American culture.
D. Nurkse is the author of 10 books of poetry, most recently "A Night in Brooklyn." The story of two dogs and the humans in their constellation, Ron Singer's "The Rented Pet" is a comic elegy to a changing Brooklyn neighborhood.
The Academy of American Poets celebrates the launch of the spring 2013 issue of American Poet, its bi-annual journal. Poets Sophie Cabot Black, Cynthia Cruz and Rachel Eliza Griffiths will read from their work.
The first poetry slam ever in New York City was held at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in 1989, and 20 years later, it's become part of the cultural history of this city, still going strong. Every Friday night is Poetry Slam Night.
SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery is pleased to present Phenomenal Women new paintings and sculptures by artist Lannie Hart. William Blake said that poetry and art are ʻways to converse with paradiseʼ. In Lannie Hartʼs exhibition she attempts to connect one paradise with the other.
To celebrate National Poetry Month, the New York Transit Museum will share their favorite transportation and city-related poems in the greatest place of all -- a vintage subway car! Learn to paint words in pictures, and write pictures in words in this fun workshop. For ages 6+
With Frank Bidart, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Mary Karr, Marie Ponsot, Don Share, Atsuro Riley, Christian Wiman and Charles Wright.
The Grand Slam Final will be hosted by Regie Cabico with performances by Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy’s Youth Ensemble and University of Wisconsin’s First Wave Ensemble. MC Lyte will be present with other Def poets and celebrity judges.
The theme of the 2013 World Voices Festival is Bravery and it will take place from April 29 through May 5. It will feature such luminaries as Eduardo Galeano, Sapphire, Fran Lebowitz, along with writers from Palestine, Burma, and South Africa, to name just a few.
The evening will feature readings by award recipients and the presentation of the 2013 Frost Medal to Robert Bly, who will give a reading.
This is a quirky and eccentric series, and even though it's featured some of the biggest names in poetry--Billy Collins, Patricia Smith, Galway Kinnell, Saul Williams, and almost every national slam champion--it remains a warm, welcoming venue for all kinds of poetic voices.
Poetry in Motion poets join performers from Music Under New York for an evening of music and poetry honoring Grand Central Terminal in its centennial year.
The National Arts Club presents the Seventh Annual Evening of Young Poets, featuring Brooklyn-based writers Mika Gellman, Andrew Hurst, Jennifer L. Knox, and Jason Koo. A reception will follow the readings.
To celebrate the season of winter, poets will read classic favorites as well as their own works at the largest botanical garden in the United States.
All ages and levels, from beginner to published, are welcome to read original poetry at this monthly series.
Readings by contributors to the anthology "Postmodern American Poetry."
Kostos presents four compelling poets, all of an Attic disposition: Sarah Arvio, Veronica Golos, Trebor Healey and Lloyd Robson.
The idea is simple: select a poem you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family and friends. Poems from pockets will be unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces and bookstores.