National Poetry Month

Girl Reading PoetryNational Poetry Month was established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to celebrate the amazing wealth of emotion, humor and human experience found in poetry. Held every April, it is the largest literary celebration in the world. Participate by discovering new poets and sharing old favorites.

I’m nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there’s a pair of us – don’t tell!
They’d banish us, you know!

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!
— Emily Dickinson

Listen

A Century of Recorded Poetry
Poets of the last century read their own work, recorded at various times and places.

Under a Silver Sky: An Anthology of Pacific Northwest Poetry, Vol. 1
A collection of poetry by Pacific Northwest writers such as Sherman Alexie and Gary Snyder, assembled for an Evergreen State College course.

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William Stafford: Poetry Reading
The former Poet Laureate of Oregon reads selections of his poetry at Portland Community College.

Gang of Souls: A Generation of Beat Poets
A documentary that explores the insights and influences of the American Beat poets through candid interviews with William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Diane di Prima, among others.

SlamNation: The Sport of Spoken Word
No matter how you define it, one thing is clear: slam poetry draws a crowd.  This program spotlights movers and shakers in the slam community as they compete in a National Poetry Slam in Portland, Oregon.

Read

Poetry for Beginners
This guide to poetry traces the wonders of the written word and shows how to enjoy poetry and how it is relevant to everyday life.

Drink the Moon: Poems of Oregon
An anthology of poems about Oregon arranged thematically into seven of the state’s eco-regions.

Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry
This landmark anthology brings together more than three hundred poems by over seventy African American poets.

100 Essential Modern Poems by Women
Presents the masterpieces of fifty great women poets over the past 150 years.

Looking out, Looking in
An anthology of Latino Poetry.

Poetry research guide

Written by a PCC Librarian, the Poetry Research Guide includes how to search for poetry materials available through the library, suggested websites, finding poetry in scholarly journals, a poem of the day, and a short video by Rite Dove, former Poet Laureate, on the purposes of poetry.

Explore websites

Favorite Poem Project
Founded by former the United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, this site features videos of Americans reading their favorite poems.

The Poetry Foundation
Browse poems and poetry at this site.

Poem a Day
Poem-a-Day is a digital poetry series featuring over 200 new, previously unpublished poems by today’s talented poets each year. On weekdays, poems are accompanied by exclusive commentary by the poets.

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