20 Terrific National Poetry Month Events Online and Beyond

National Poetry Month is here once again! Introduced in 1996, National Poetry Month celebrates and emphasizes a truth that poetry lovers know year-round—that poetry is powerful, vital, and growing. We’ve curated a list of events to help you celebrate, both virtually and in cities across the U.S. 


1. Jae Nichelle’s Release of God Themselves

April 6, 6 p.m. CT at The Garden District Book Shop

2727 Prytania St.

New Orleans, LA 70130


2. New York Public Library Poetry in the Park Reading

April 7, 3 p.m. ET at Veterans Park

Park Ave & Bennett St.

 Staten Island, NY 10302


3. San Antonio Poet Laureate Ceremony with Nephtali De León

April 10, 6 p.m. CT at Muncipal Plaza Building

114 W. Commerce St.

San Antonio, TX 78205


4. New York Public Library Classic Book Discussion 

April 11, 2 p.m. ET



5. Woodbury Public Library Poetry Open Mic

April 11, 6 p.m. ET

269 Main St. South

Woodbury, CT 06798


6. Poetry in ASL Event with Raymond Luczak

April 12, 7 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

901 G. St. NW

Washington, DC 20001


7. Pittsburgh Poetry Collective Open Mic and Poetry Slam

April 12, 7 p.m. ET at PA Market

108 19th St.

Pittsburgh, PA 15222


8. Slamlandia Poetry Open Mic

April 13, 7 p.m. ET at Literary Arts in The Pittock Block

925 SW Washington St. 

Portland, OR 97205


9. Milwaukee Public Library Poetry Open Mic

April 15, 1 p.m. CT

2320 N. Cramer St. 

Milwaukee, WI 53202


10. Writing About Chicago Art: Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop with Janine Harrison

April 15, 1 p.m. CT at the Vodak-East Side Chicago Public Library

3710 E. 106th St.

Chicago, IL 60617


11. Poetry Sparks Gathering with Minnesota Poet Laureate Gwen Westerman

April 21, 3 p.m. CT at Minnesota Humanities Event Center

987 Ivy Avenue East

Saint Paul, MN 55106


12. Cleveland Poetry Festival Open Mic

April 21, 7 p.m. ET at Bellflower Hall

11427 Bellflower Road

Cleveland, OH 44106


13. Justine Chan’s Should You Lose All Reason Book Launch Party

April 22, 7 p.m. PST at Common AREA Maintenance Art Gallery

2125 2nd Ave. 

Seattle, WA 98121


14. Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration Sonnet Reading 

April 23, 4:30 p.m. CT at Pease Park

1100 Kingsbury St. 

Austin, TX 78703


15. City of Santa Clara Library Open Mic Night

April 25, 5 p.m. GMT

2635 Homestead Road

Santa Clara, CA 95051


16. Steel City Liner Notes Poetry Slam

April 25, 8 p.m. ET



17. WGBH’s Beyond the Page Reading with Porsha Olayiwola, Anjalequa Leynneya Verona Birkett, and Amanda Shea

April 26, 7 p.m. ET



18. Academy of American Poets’ Poetry & the Creative Mind Reading

April 26, 7:30 p.m. ET 



19. Women of Poetry: The Art of Spokenword Event

April 28, 12 p.m. CT at The Black Archives of Mid-America

1722 E. 17th Terrace

Kansas City, MO 64108


20. Athens Cultural Affairs Commission Poetry in the Park Reading with Poet Laureate Jeff Fallis

April 29, 2 p.m. ET at Boulevard Woods Park

298 Barber St.

Athens, GA 30601


Happy National Poetry Month!