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National Poetry Month

This guide supplements the April book display for National Poetry Month.

National Poetry Month graphic with quill and raven

In this guide, you will find,

  • Featured books about poetry.
  • A list of links to books in DiPietro Library's catalog by selected poets.
  • Curated web resources about poetry.

What Is National Poetry Month?

April 2021 marks the 25th annual celebration of poets and poetry.

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. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K–12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, families, and, of course, poets, marking poetry's important place in our lives. Each April, the Academy offers activities, initiatives, and resources so that anyone can join in National Poetry Month online and at home.


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Poet Laureates

Meet your poet laureates!

Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is serving her second term as the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Amanda Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, as well as an award-winning writer and cum laude graduate of Harvard University, where she studied Sociology. She has written for the New York Times and has three books forthcoming with Penguin Random House.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Alexandria Peary was born in Dover, New Hampshire, and grew up in in central Maine. She was appointed in October 2019.


DiPietro Library's Poetry Contest 2021

Winner: Trinity Bridge

Going through the crowded halls

Hearing all the daunting calls

Pulling you in one direction and then another

Searching for some welcoming cover

Amongst an ocean of writer’s thoughts

Swimming through connecting the dots

Hard to think to many voices

Hard to choose so many choices

Catalogs of history throughout the ages

Sets of books for different stages

Volumes upon volumes of paper memories

They withstand the test of centuries

The pick of a nightmare or a dream

All tying together at the seam

Walking through this open mind

The library is not hard to find.