National Poetry Month was started by the New York-based Academy of American Poets in 1996. The entire nation celebrates poetry—both distinguished and humbly self-made—in the month of April.

Poets have created countless odes to New York and the city pays tribute back to them. Words of Walt Whitman’s "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" are cut into metal of the Fulton Ferry Landing in DUMBO, Brooklyn. The musings of New York School poet Frank O’Hara line a balustrade facing the North Cove marina behind the World Financial Center.

Anyone can contribute their poem to the Poetry Wall in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, which has the American Poets Corner that commemorates Walt Whitman, Washington Irving, Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Robert Frost, Willa Cather, Langston Hughes, and Gertrude Stein.

The original stomping grounds of the Beat Poets— Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, to name a few— was Columbia University on the Upper West Side.