Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month reminds the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K–12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, families, and, of course, poets, marking poetry's important place in our lives. In 2021, the Academy of American Poets looks forward to celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of this annual celebration!
The library offers poetry books for all ages for checkout with your library card. Want to start writing your own poetry? Check out our virtual program, Playing with Words: Poetry Fun, that you can try out anytime!
You can read last year's most-read poem, Kindness by Naomi Shihab Nye. Want to get kids involved in National Poetry Month? Check out these lists of poems for kids, which include poems like The Crocodile by Lewis Carroll.
Each April, the Academy offers activities, initiatives, and resources so that anyone can join in online and at home and—hopefully—find comfort, resilience, and connection throughout the month of April and beyond:
- Read about 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month online and at home
- Read about 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month in the virtual classroom
- Join the Academy of American Poets for its first-ever virtual Poetry & the Creative Mind gala on April 29
- Participate in the 2021 Dear Poet Project by April 30
- Sign up for Poem-a-Day and enjoy a free daily poem in your inbox
- Follow the thousands of celebrations taking place on social media with the official hashtag #NationalPoetryMonth and follow the Academy of American Poets on Twitter @POETSorg
- Share a #pocketpoem on Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 29