On behalf of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, we wish all of our colleagues in the United States a happy National Poetry Month!
National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Twenty years later, it has become one of the largest literary celebrations in the world. Here’s this year’s poster the Academy is using by author and illustrator Maira Kalman.
“Maira Kalman is the perfect choice to create the National Poetry Month poster,” said designer Chip Kidd, who commissions an artist to create the National Poetry Month poster on our behalf every April. “She is the John Ashbery of painted illustration, whimsical and haunting, but with more dogs and pastry. Which is always a good thing.”
There are many ways to celebrate in the US including the Poem in Your Pocket Day, recommending the Dear Poet project to a young person, signing up to read a Poem-a-Day, and checking out 30 more ways to celebrate.
The SFPA will be sharing many of our poets, upcoming readings and other events throughout the month, in addition to releasing the newest issue of Star*Line, the journal of Speculative Poetry and the latest issue of Eye To The Telescope.