April is National Poetry Month. The creation of a National Poetry Month was inspired by the success of Black History Month (February) and Women's History Month (March). In 1995, the Academy of American Poets assembled a group of literary organizations, poets, teachers, booksellers, publishers, and librarians to explore the importance of establishing a month dedicated to the celebration and cultivation of poetry and literacy.
The first National Poetry Month took place in April, 1995 and since then it has been celebrated annually.
Each year, the Academy of American Poets releases an official National Poetry Month poster. The April 2021 poster features artwork by Bao Lu from Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, New York. Their design includes a line from current United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo's poem "For Keeps": "There is nowhere else I want to be but here. I lean into the rhythm of your heart to see where it will take us."
Download or Request a free poster provided by the Academy of American Poets.
Amanda Gorman, first National Youth Poet Laureate, reads her poem, 'The Hill We Climb.'