This Friday, marks the beginning of April and that means National Poetry Month.
National Poetry Month is the biggest worldwide celebration of poetry and its important place in our culture and our lives. According to Poets.org, the Academy of American Poets was inspired by Black History Month and Women’s History Month, and so founded National Poetry Month in April 1996 with an aim to:
- 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.
There are many ways to celebrate and you can visit Poets.org to find ideas and get started.
In addition each year the Academy of American Poets partners with award-winning designer Chip Kidd to commission poster in honor of the celebration. Here’s what this year’s National Poetry Month poster looks like:
To get your own poster, fill out the request form at Poets.org