When Is Poetry Month 2021

Overview: 2021 Poetry Month

Poetry Month 2021 is a celebration of the written word that takes place every April, honoring the art of poetic expression and its power to elevate our lives. Around the world, poetry events, readings, and open-mic sessions are held in recognition of this ancient human tradition. From Pulitzer Prize winners to peak performance athletes, people of all walks of life have taken part in Poetry Month celebrations since its inception in 1996.


The Academy of American Poets founded National Poetry Month in April 1996. National Poetry Month activities were modeled on “National Music Week,” which was established by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers in the 1920s. The aim of the first celebration was to bring together the larger world of poetry, which, at that time, was a small group of professionals only. Today, it has become a major event recognized by millions of people, who participate in events and celebrations all over the world.

The initial event was so successful that each year since then, the Academy of American Poets has renewed and extended celebration of National Poetry Month—with additional members and activities, and a growing list of events and organizations that have come on board. In 2006, the Academy commissioned a poll to determine the awareness of National Poetry Month. Results indicated that poetry has become a significant cultural phenomenon and that over one-third of all Americans have participated in at least one National Poetry Month activity.


In a typical year, some of the events that take place are readings and open-mic sessions, book festivals, poetry slams/battles, workshops, youth poetry slam/module programs, community poetry slams and activities, screenings, talks, and many more. The focus of these events is not only to enjoy and celebrate the beauty of poetry, but to also encourage public participation and appreciation of the art of poetic expression.

In addition to holding events, many organizations across the nation also dedicate time during Poetry Month to offer special workshops, readings, and events. Influential poets such as Pulitzer Prize winner Vijay Seshadri, spoken word artist Regie Cabico, and Impala ballet dancer/choreographer Malcolm Howe have taken part in Poetry Month celebrations since its inception. In some cases, universities, art centers, and libraries have dedicated the entire month of April to arts and culture events that explore the impact of poetry.


In addition to the usual events, there are also initiatives to make poetry more accessible by breaking down language and cultural divides. To do this, organizations like The National Poetry Map promotes poetic expression from all continents. The Global Poetry Society also works to connect aspiring poets and provide resources to hone their craft.

One of the most popular initiatives for 2021 is Amply App. This app is a free platform where anyone can upload their own poems, read and showcase others, as well as participate in various poetic competitions. As an added twist, the app allows users to purchase a poem and have it delivered in physical form. So, if you’re feeling particularly generous, you can give the gift of poetic expression for someone’s birthday or special occasion. It’s a great way to support emerging poets and keep the flame of poetic expression burning.

Education & Engagement

In terms of engaging and educating people about the art form, there are a plethora of organizations dedicated to the promotion of poetry. Each year, organizations such as the Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, Poetry Foundation, and National Endowment for the Arts provide educational resources related to the art form. These resources include poetry lesson plans, grants, awards, and webinars. The Academy of American Poets also puts together an annual poetry kit. This teaches people the basics of writing poems, enjoying the rhetoric, and discovering well-known poets.

In addition to these resources, Poetry Month has a wide variety of activities to get people involved. Whether you’re an aspiring poet, a long-time fan of the art form, or a passer-by just looking to get a tune-up, there’s something for everyone. You can attend readings, write and share your own works, or simply take time to relax, reflect, and rejuvenate. Poetry Month is a beautiful and meaningful way to connect with yourself and the world around you.

Analysis & Insights

For those looking to engage with poetry more deeply, Poetry Month provides an ideal avenue to hone your skills. Not only is it a great way to understand the history and foundations of the art form, but it also encourages personal growth. Poets throughout the ages have used their craft to express, connect, and heal. It’s a great way to express your individual self and discover a wonderful language to convey your innermost thoughts and feelings.

In terms of its cultural impact, Poetry Month has been instrumental in making poetry more accessible to a wide range of audiences. From the common man to the king, poetry has the ability to reach the heart and soul of many, and it continues to serve as an integral part of human experience. The success of the initiative has also given poets, who often work in relative obscurity, an audience and a platform to be appreciated and valued.

Empowerment & Advocacy

Poetry Month is also unique in its advocacy and empowerment of local, national, and international poets. Events and activities that take place during the month give poets an opportunity to use their creativity to influence and engage their local communities. Poetry Month also serves as an opportunity to elevate artists of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, as well as diverse physiological and geographical backgrounds. Through outreach and advocacy, Poetry Month turns its microphone to those who are typically overlooked or underrepresented.

The success of Poetry Month wouldn’t have been possible without ardent fanfare and passionate supporters. The dedication of the entire arts and culture community has allowed this initiative to continue to exist, blossom, and share its story with generations of poets, readers, and lovers of art everywhere.

Inclusion & Global Impact

The 21st century has seen a tremendous increase in both the inclusion and way through which people express themselves artistically. Poetry Month serves as a platform which welcomes everyone’s individual expression. It is a powerful platform that holds the potential to cross boundaries and bring people together – interweaving cultures and creating new bridges for relationships among a global creative audience.

Poetry Month has had a tremendous global impact providing greater opportunities to spread the craft of poetic expression. From cultural centers and events such as World Voice Day and The World Poetry Summit, to localized educational initiatives and resources;
Global Poetics is a movement that Poetry Month helped establish.

Civic Pride & Popularity

Another undeniable impact Poetry Month has had on our culture is to spark a renewed appreciation and understanding of poetry. Through its various initiatives and outreach, Poetry Month has fostered an environment that is not only open to poetic expression but also highly encouraged. By making poetry more accessible, people can appreciate and understand it on a deeper level.

Poetry Month also serves as an example that art itself can be a unifying force in our divided landscape. Every April, people of all walks of life come together to celebrate this ancient art form, uniting us all in an appreciation of beauty and self-expression.

Platforms & Technology

Adapting to our digital age, a variety of digital platforms have been developed to provide more opportunities for people to participate in Poetry Month activities and access poetic resources. Poets and readers alike can now access online literary magazines, writing workshops and open mic nights, to not just share their work but get connected with new readers.

Online engagement platforms – such as the Poetry Society’s website – have also become popular Poetry Month activities. These platforms are especially useful for those poets who cannot attend events or literary centers due to various geographical challenges or personal time constraints.

In conclusion, Poetry Month has had a profound influence on our culture – pushing boundaries, opening dialogues, and encouraging self-expression. By providing a space for both seasoned and aspiring poets to come together and celebrate their life’s work, Poetry Month shows that art can be an integral part of life and something to unify us all.

Dannah Hannah is an established poet and author who loves to write about the beauty and power of poetry. She has published several collections of her own works, as well as articles and reviews on poets she admires. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a specialization in poetics, from the University of Toronto. Hannah was also a panelist for the 2017 Futurepoem book Poetry + Social Justice, which aimed to bring attention to activism through poetry. She lives in Toronto, Canada, where she continues to write and explore the depths of poetry and its influence on our lives.

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