National Poetry Month is held in April every year. According to Poetry.org it is “the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.”
The celebration was founded in 1996 with the following being top priority for the event:
- highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets,
- encourage the reading of poems,
- assist teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms,
- increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media,
- encourage increased publication and distribution of poetry books, and
- encourage support for poets and poetry.
While there are many ways to participate in the event, Ink Smith Publishing has decided to hold a Poetry Takeover for the month of April in honor of National Poetry Month. Submission requirements can be found on our blog –—submission deadline has been extended to March 25, 2019. We encourage writers and readers to stop by our blog throughout the month to read pieces from both published and unpublished authors. Poets.org has also offered a list of ways for writers, readers, and educators to participate in the event! You can find that list below, or visit their website for more information.
- Follow the thousands of National Poetry Month celebrations taking place and follow the Academy of American Poets on Twitter @POETSorg.
- Use the National Poetry Month logo to promote your events. It can be downloaded here.
- Order a free National Poetry Month poster and display it proudly.
- Invite K-12 students to participate in our Dear Poet project by writing letters in response to poems shared by the award-winning poets serving on our Board of Chancellors.
- Attend Poetry & the Creative Mind, a celebration of poetry from the reader’s perspective featuring leading and luminary actors, artists, and public figures, which takes place each April in New York City.
- Participate in National Poem in Your Pocket Day.
- Sign up for Poem-a-Day.
- Join the Academy of American Poets and show your support year-round for poets and poetry.
- Share your photos and feedback about your National Poetry Month celebrations with the Academy of American Poets by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.