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National Poetry Month

NPM2013_logo_largeInaugurated 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. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

What is National Poetry Month?: Frequently asked questions about NPM.
30 Ways to Celebrate: A month’s worth of poetry activities that any community can take part in.


 5643_30ways_pocketsJoin the Academy of American Poets in Celebrating

Poem in Your Pocket Day

April 18th, 2013

On Poem in Your Pocket Day, select a poem you love, carry it with you and share it with others throughout the day.

Here are some easy ways to celebrate:

  • Hand out poems in your school or workplace.
  • Teachers: reward students “caught” with a poem in their pocket.
  • Local business owners: offer discounts for those carrying poems.
  • Start a street team to pass out poems in your community.
  • Add a poem to your email footer.
  • Mail a poem to a friend.
  • Post a poem on your blog or social networking page. Use #pocketpoem on Twitter.
  • Check out the Academy’s Poem in Your Pocket anthologies for adults and young people.

For information, celebration tips, and poems, visit poets.org/pocket.


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