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  NPM Poster Contest winner 2020 (c) Sam Aikman 

National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.  

Poetry Organizations Across America

Poetry Society of America The Nation's oldest poetry organization, founded in 1910.

Poetry Out Loud A national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition. 

National Association of Poetry Therapy A nonprofit organization promoting growth and healing through written poetry, symbol and story.

Jennifer Keller, The Westport Library's Programming Coordinator, interviews Diane Meyer Lowman, the Poet Laureate of Westport. 

Featured Poetry From Our Digital Collection 

Featured Database: Gale Literature Resource Center

Search for the title of a literary work to see who wrote it and/or where it's discussed in Gale's literature criticism series. Look for authors in the Index by name, birth date, death date, or nationality.

Find Poetry

"Without poetry, we lose our way." —Joy Harjo, U.S. Poet Laureate & Academy of American Poets Chancellor (2019– )

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Search an extensive curated collection of over 10,000 poems by occasion, theme, and form or search by keyword or poet's name.  

Listen to Poetry

Search for your favorite poem or poet brought to you by The Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundationpublisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture.