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National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month Poster
Designed by Betsy Bell
Courtesy of
The Academy of American Poets

Throughout the month of April 2001, All Things Considered will be featuring poets and their work.

Since its inception in 1996, National Poetry Month has been celebrated every April by libraries, schools and other cultural institutions with the goal of increasing public awareness of poetry. National Poetry Month events include readings, book sales, discounted subscriptions to journals and magazines, and workshops. This year, in addition to educational programs, the American Academy of Poets is campaigning to have a U.S. postage stamp created to celebrate the life and work of Langston Hughes.


Read Stanley Kunitz's poem Layers and listen to Robert Siegel's interview with him on All Things Considered.

See the poetry of Ron Padgett and listen to him read his work on All Things Considered.

Learn about Judy Jordan and her poetry as she talks about her work on All Things Considered.

Read about Maurice Manning and his poetry and listen as he tells his story on All Things Considered.

Read more Ofelia Zepeda's poems and hear about her on All Things Considered.

Related Links:

Visit the National Poetry Month area of the Academy of American Poets Web site.

See the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center Web pages.

Check out the People's Poetry Gathering Web site.