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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"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.

Meryl Streep on stage at Poetry & the Creative Mind 2012. Photo credit: Flo Lunn.
Meryl Streep, Julianna Margulies, Tina Fey, Patrick Stewart, Sebastian Junger, Billy Crudup, Rosie Perez, Esperanza Spalding, Kevin Kline, Carrie Mae Weems, Chip Kidd, Drew Nieporent, and National Student Poet Michaela Coplen perform great American poems at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2014. Learn more about the Poetry & the Creative Mind event.

Meryl Streep on stage at Poetry & the Creative Mind 2012. Photo credit: Flo Lunn.

Meryl Streep, Julianna Margulies, Tina Fey, Patrick Stewart, Sebastian Junger, Billy Crudup, Rosie Perez, Esperanza Spalding, Kevin Kline, Carrie Mae Weems, Chip Kidd, Drew Nieporent, and National Student Poet Michaela Coplen perform great American poems at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2014. Learn more about the Poetry & the Creative Mind event.

One month till Poem in Your Pocket Day! How will you celebrate?

One month till Poem in Your Pocket Day! How will you celebrate?

Today is World Poetry Day!

Check out what some of our sister organizations around the globe are doing in celebration and support of poetry. 

Today is World Poetry Day!

Check out what some of our sister organizations around the globe are doing in celebration and support of poetry.