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National Poetry Month
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Apr 15, 2021 2021-04-15

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Celebration of Poets and Their Craft

Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month reminds the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters. Celebrated all over the world by millions of people, the event marks the importance of poetry in our lives and reminds us of the great poets who created this poetry. In a short video, celebrated poet Amanda Gorman talks about why poetry is her chosen medium. Additionally, #DisruptTexts offers a freely downloadable discussion guide for Gorman’s inaugural poem, “The Hill We Climb.”

Plus: The Academy of American Poets invites young people in grades 5–12 to participate in the multimedia “Dear Poet” education project. Students engage directly with an award-winning poet each month and write letters in response to poems written and read by the poets. Letters may be submitted online through April 30, 2021.

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