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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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!
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.
For National Poetry Month 2014, we introduce Poet-to-Poet, a multimedia educational project that invites students in grades 3-12 to write poems in response to those shared by award-winning poets who serve on the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors.
TEACHERS: If you are interested in using Poet-to-Poet in the classroom, we worked with a curriculum specialist to design a series of activities, aligned with the Common Core, especially for you. Click the link to the Lesson Plans.