April 17, 2023
Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month is a special occasion that annually celebrates poets’ integral role in our culture and reminds us that poetry matters. Thanks in part to National Poetry Month’s partners and sponsors, each year the Academy is able to offer activities, initiatives, and resources so that anyone can join the celebration. As a special offering this April, US Poet Laureate Ada Limón has selected 20 new poems by contemporary poets to be featured in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series as part of a collaboration with the Library of Congress.
Plus: The Children’s Poetry Archive, geared toward youth aged 4–16, includes a searchable database of recorded poems, sorted by themes, poet, and age, as well as a glossary on the language used to talk about poetry. To help make the classroom a poetry-friendly place, teachers will find resources for listening, learning about, writing, and performing poetry.