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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.
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.
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.