National Poetry Month was inspired by the success of Black History Month, held each February, and Women's History Month, held in March. In 1995, the Academy of American Poets convened a group of publishers, booksellers, librarians, literary organizers, poets and teachers to discuss the need and usefulness of a similar month long holiday to celebrate poetry. The first National Poetry Month was held in 1996. The celebration of Poetry each April has grown and established itself organically, in both official and unofficial ways. National Poetry Writing Month encourages writing a poem everyday in celebration. Submit yours to The Voices Project today!
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