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.

    American Poet Launch

    Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

    Manhattan

    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.

    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.

    Nuyorican Friday Night Poetry Slam

    Nuyorican Poets Café

    Manhattan

    Ongoing

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Poems from the Platform

    New York Transit Museum

    Brooklyn

    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

    Manhattan

    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.

    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.

    Urbana Poetry Slam

    Bowery Poetry Club

    Manhattan

    Ongoing

    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.

American Poet Launch

126 Crosby Street

New York N.Y. 10012

2123343324

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.

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

2900 Southern Boulevard

bronx N.Y. 10458

7188178700

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.