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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 Poems & 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

April

United Kingdom National Poetry Month

October

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