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.

    National Poetry Month

    Inaugurated in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers and poets across the U.S. band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Check out what's happening in New York.

    American Poet Launch

    Housing Works Bookstore Cafe


    Wed, Apr 24, 2013, 7:00 pm

    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.

    Private: Lannie Hart: Phenomenal Women

    SOHO20 Gallery Chelsea


    Tue, Mar 26, 2013 - Fri, Apr 19, 2013

    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.

    Nuyorican Friday Night Poetry Slam

    Nuyorican Poets Café



    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.

    Private: PEN World Voices Festival

    PEN American Center


    Mon, Apr 29, 2013 - Sun, May 05, 2013

    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.

    Private: Poem in Your Pocket

    Academy of American Poets


    Thu, Apr 18, 2013, 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

    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.

    Poems from the Platform

    New York Transit Museum


    Sat, Apr 06, 2013, 1:30 pm

    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+

    Seventh Annual Evening of Young Poets

    National Arts Club


    Tue, Apr 09, 2013, 8:00 pm

    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.

    Private: Urban Word NYC 15th Annual Teen Poetry Slam

    Apollo Theater


    Sat, Apr 20, 2013, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    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.

    Urbana Poetry Slam

    Bowery Poetry Club



    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.