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March 31, 2017

Happy #NPM17


National Poetry Month begins tomorrow! Kick off the celebration by reading these poems about the art of poetry, and don't miss our special commissioned poem by Kaveh Akbar featured in Monday's Poem-a-Day. Be sure to share your love of poetry throughout April with #NPM17.


"El Poema/The Poem" by Homero Aridjis
"Endnote" by Hayden Carruth
"The Secrets of Poetry" by Linda Gregg
"Poetry as Insurgent Art [I am signaling you through the flames]" by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
"Poetry" by Monica Ferrell
"How Do I Know When a Poem Is Finished?" by Naomi Shihab Nye
"This is a Wonderful Poem" by David Wagoner
"The Uses of Poetry" by William Carlos Williams

Find 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month.


Submit to the James Laughlin Award & Lenore Marshall Prize, deadline May 15.


Mai Der Vang's Afterland, winner of the 2016 Whitman Award, is out in April.


2017 Whitman Winner: Jenny Xie


We're pleased to announce this year's Walt Whitman Award winner, Jenny Xie's Eye Level, selected by former Chancellor and U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, who called it "a timely collection of beauty, clarity, and expansive humanity."


American Poets New Issue


The Spring–Summer 2017 issue of American Poets, featuring a cover designed by Debbie Millman, has just landed. Keep an eye out for book reviews of new and upcoming poetry collections, along with poem samplers from each, which we'll be sharing during April.

Dear Poet

Dear Poet Project 2017


Bring National Poetry Month to your classroom with Dear Poet, a multimedia education project that invites students in grades five through twelve to write letters in response to poems written and read by Academy Chancellors.


Watch Lucille Clifton discuss what poetry is in this week's new Poetry Breaks video.


Watch this week's new P.O.P video, featuring Angel Nafis reading and discussing a poem by Ross Gay.


Listen to a conversation between poet Yusef Komunyakaa and jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant.


Get Your 2017 National Poetry Month Poster


It's your last chance to request a free 2017 poster before National Poetry Month! This year's poster was designed by Maira Kalman, who designer Chip Kidd called "the John Ashbery of painted illustration." Order yours while supplies last and read a related lesson plan of activities to go with it.


Poem in Your Pocket Day 2017


This year, Poem in Your Pocket Day will be held on April 27. Find your perfect pocket poem with our downloadable Poem in Your Pocket Day PDF and discover other ways to participate.


Take Note of National Poetry Month


It's National Poetry Month—the perfect occasion to make time for poetry. Find inspiring items for readers and writers in the Poets Shop, and take 10% off for a limited time with code ten4NPM17.


In Case You Missed It


Chancellors Win the Bobbitt Prize
Current Chancellor Claudia Rankine and former Chancellor Nathaniel Mackey will be awarded the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry.


Poetry & Migration
PBS takes a look at some of the Poetry Coalition's efforts this month.


Nonpartisan Nonprofits Fight for Free Expression
Publisher's Weekly reports on how nonprofits are responding to cultural threats.



The Academy of American Poets is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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#NPM 2017: Last Chance to Get the Poster; Meet Our New Walt Whitman Winner