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National Poetry Month

Each April is National Poetry Month, 30 days of celebrating the joy, expressiveness, and pure delight of poetry. April 2021 marks the 25th annual celebration of poets and poetry.

What is National Poetry Month? National Poetry Month was launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996. National Poetry Month reminds the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters. National Poetry Month, a celebration of poetry which takes place each April, was introduced in 1996 and is organized by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. From the youngest inaugural poet Amanda Gorman to Joy Harjo, the 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, there are many poetry and volumes of poetry to explore.

How to Celebrate National Poetry Month? Each April, the Academy offers activities, initiatives, and resources so that anyone can join in National Poetry Month online and at home:

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