April 1, 2023

National Poetry Month Has Arrived

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Not that poets need a month to write and read poetry, but the rest of the world always needs a reminder. Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month celebrates poetry’s role in our culture. 

Poetry matters! And the month of spring (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) seems especially appropriate for reading and writing poetry.

It is said to be the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students,  teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, families, and—of course—poets, marking poetry’s important place in our lives. 

For information and ways to celebrate this month, see poets.org/national-poetry-month

The 2023 poster was designed by Marc Brown, creator of the popular Arthur books and PBS television series. The artwork incorporates an excerpted line from the poem “Carrying” by U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón. Brown was selected by Scholastic—the global children’s publishing, education, and media company—to create the artwork for this year’s poster as part of a new National Poetry Month initiative between the publisher and the Academy of American Poets.

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