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National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. It is celebrated every April in the United States and (since 1999) in Canada as well. Since 2000 Great Britain has celebrated a National Poetry Month each October.

The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern. The goal is to increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated.

U.S. National Poetry Month


United Kingdom National Poetry Month


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National Poetry Month FAQs

  • What is National Poetry Month?
  • Who started it?
  • When is National Poetry Month?
  • Why was April chosen for National Poetry Month?
  • What are the goals of National Poetry Month?
  • Shouldn't we celebrate poetry all year round, not just in April?
  • How does the Academy celebrate National Poetry Month?
  • Do organizations need permission to participate?
  • What can I do to celebrate NPM?
  • How can teachers become more involved?
  • How can librarians become more involved?
  • How can booksellers become more involved?
  • Does it cost anything to celebrate National Poetry Month?
  • Can other organizations use the NPM logo?
  • Do I need permission to use the NPM logo?
  • How can I obtain a copy of the National Poetry Month poster?
  • How can I support National Poetry Month?