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Academy of American Poets

Marking Twenty Years of National Poetry Month

Jennifer Benka | Posted 04.15.2016 | Books
Jennifer Benka

What began as a modest effort (inspired by federally designated occasions like Women's History Month in March) to highlight the cultural contributions of poets, promote the sales and distribution of poetry books, and encourage the reading and teaching of poems, has become a phenomenon positively impacting the state of poetry in the United States.

On National Poetry Month

Poetry Foundation | Posted 04.06.2016 | Books
Poetry Foundation

From Poetry Magazine Featuring Jen Benka, Edward Hirsch, Olivia Morgan, Ali Liebegott, Amanda Johnston, Samantha Giles, P. Scott Cunningham, Jeff Sho...

Do "Poem in Your Pocket Day" One Better: Seven Tips for Memorizing a Poem

Annie Finch | Posted 05.01.2016 | Books
Annie Finch

When I teach a new group of poets, I often ask who knows some poetry by heart, and it turns out that many of them do.

How to Read Like a (21st Century) Poet

Josh Lefkowitz | Posted 06.17.2015 | Books
Josh Lefkowitz

What works for one person may not work for another; you alone know what kind of reading experiences will excite and/or move you. But I do think you have to read, to become a (better) poet; and I do think the internet can provide some remarkable avenues to do said reading.

Delivering the Good Goods: Poets Go Big

Joan Gelfand | Posted 04.10.2015 | Books
Joan Gelfand

There's a lot to celebrate for National Poetry Month this year. The Poetry Foundation is busy supporting young poets, mature poets and emerging poets ...

Poetry Month 2014: We Need Writers So We Can Continue to Exist

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 04.22.2014 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

We're past the halfway mark, but happy Poetry Month, anyway. It's still April after all. And while taxes (for most of us) are done, poetry is still going strong.

Philip Levine Is Awarded $100,000 Poetry Prize

Michael Hafftka | Posted 11.13.2013 | Arts
Michael Hafftka

Philip Levine, the former United States poet laureate who spent his formative years writing poetry between shifts as an autoworker in Detroit, has been awarded the Academy of American Poets' Wallace Stevens Award for lifetime achievement.

Poetry and Healing

Diana M. Raab | Posted 06.22.2013 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

For most of my writing life, which has been nearly six decades, I have written narrative poetry either from a place of darkness or pain or a place of extreme joy.

How To Celebrate Poetry Month With Your Kids

Posted 04.05.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: In 1996, the Academy of American Poets founded National Poetry Mont...

Poetry for the 99 Percent

Ru Freeman | Posted 07.17.2012 | Books
Ru Freeman

Many of them admitted to me that it was not easy to write a poem for a large project in which they were just one piece of the puzzle. For many, this was their first foray into writing for a Y/A audience, as well. They took enormous creative leaps.

A Quick Guide to National Poetry Month

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

The decision to designate April National Poetry Month, I'm disappointed to report, had nothing to do with T.S. Eliot deeming it the "cruelest month," ...