National Poetry Month

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April is National Poetry Month. First celebrated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is dedicated to honoring poetry's integral role in our culture.

You can join in the celebration in several different ways. Start by finding some good poetry to read. If you aren't sure where to start, come to our Poetry Speed Dating event on Tuesday, April 18th. We will be sampling many different kinds of poetry as we "speed date" each poetry book. Check our calendar for exact times and register for this event here.

Another way you can celebrate is by writing poetry.

Pick up a pen and speak your mind.
See if you can make it rhyme.
It only takes a little time.

Alternatively, you could attend a poetry reading or sign up for a Poem-a-Day delivered to your inbox from

Be sure to follow #NationalPoetryMonth on social media to see what others are doing to commemorate this occasion.

Check out the recommended poetry reads below to get started!


Happy reading!


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