The Academy of American Poets is for people who love poetry. Our membership is nearly 9,000 strong and growing, and our programs reach over 20 million people every year. Our programs include Poets.org, the Poets Forum, Poem in Your Pocket Day, National Poetry Month, American Poet magazine, the Poem-A-Day email series, the Poetry Audio Archive, educational initiatives, readings and events, awards and prizes, and so much more. We’ve been doing this since 1934, and we still think it's fun.

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Meryl Streep, Tina Fey, Patrick Stewart, Carrie Mae Weems, Chip Kidd, Julianna Margulies, Esperanza Spalding, Kevin Kline, Rosie Perez, and others will perform poems from the past 80 years to celebrate the Academy of American Poets’ 80th anniversary and the relaunch of Poets.org. You’re invited!

Meryl Streep, Tina Fey, Patrick Stewart, Carrie Mae Weems, Chip Kidd, Julianna Margulies, Esperanza Spalding, Kevin Kline, Rosie Perez, and others will perform poems from the past 80 years to celebrate the Academy of American Poets’ 80th anniversary and the relaunch of Poets.org. You’re invited!

Are you hoping to get your community involved in Poem in Your Pocket Day (April 24) this year?Watch this great video showing how the town of Charlottesville, Virginia, banded together to celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day with the help of their local library.

Are you hoping to get your community involved in Poem in Your Pocket Day (April 24) this year?

Watch this great video showing how the town of Charlottesville, Virginia, banded together to celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day with the help of their local library.

Check out the new video of Anne Waldman reading from “Manatee/Humanity,” as part of the Poet-to-Poet Project for National Poetry Month. 
Young poets in grades 3-12 can write and submit a poem responding to Waldman by April 30 for a chance to be published on Poets.org! 

Check out the new video of Anne Waldman reading from “Manatee/Humanity,” as part of the Poet-to-Poet Project for National Poetry Month. 

Young poets in grades 3-12 can write and submit a poem responding to Waldman by April 30 for a chance to be published on Poets.org! 

"In this age of profound change and exciting possibility, we need our artists more than ever to imagine the best future for us and remind us of what is good and constant in our past. As we observe National Poetry Month, let us rededicate ourselves to supporting the essential work and contributions of these artists for the well-being of generations yet to come." - Bill Clinton, Presidential Proclamation sent to the Academy of American Poets acknowledging our first National Poetry Month.

"In this age of profound change and exciting possibility, we need our artists more than ever to imagine the best future for us and remind us of what is good and constant in our past. As we observe National Poetry Month, let us rededicate ourselves to supporting the essential work and contributions of these artists for the well-being of generations yet to come." 

- Bill Clinton, Presidential Proclamation sent to the Academy of American Poets acknowledging our first National Poetry Month.

From the Academy of American Poets’ Free Verse Project for National Poetry Month, 2009.

From the Academy of American Poets’ Free Verse Project for National Poetry Month, 2009.

HAPPY NATIONAL POETRY MONTH! The Academy of American Poets launched National Poetry Month in 1996, and today it is the largest literary celebration in the world! Join the fun this April by participating in the our special projects and initiatives, like Poet-to-Poet, Poem in Your Pocket Day, and more! 

HAPPY NATIONAL POETRY MONTH! 

The Academy of American Poets launched National Poetry Month in 1996, and today it is the largest literary celebration in the world! Join the fun this April by participating in the our special projects and initiatives, like Poet-to-Poet, Poem in Your Pocket Day, and more! 

Help us kick off NPM 2014 by sharing your favorite photos from past National Poetry Month celebrations.

Help us kick off NPM 2014 by sharing your favorite photos from past National Poetry Month celebrations.

It’s almost National Poetry Month! Teachers and librarians, check out the lesson plans and resources on Poets.org. 

It’s almost National Poetry Month! Teachers and librarians, check out the lesson plans and resources on Poets.org

Remember, you have until April 15 to submit to our Poetry Unites essay contest.

Remember, you have until April 15 to submit to our Poetry Unites essay contest.