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.
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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.
Readings by contributors to the anthology "Postmodern American Poetry."
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.
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 evening will feature readings by award recipients and the presentation of the 2013 Frost Medal to Robert Bly, who will give a reading.
Kostos presents four compelling poets, all of an Attic disposition: Sarah Arvio, Veronica Golos, Trebor Healey and Lloyd Robson.
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.
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.
With Frank Bidart, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Mary Karr, Marie Ponsot, Don Share, Atsuro Riley, Christian Wiman and Charles Wright.