“APRIL IS THE CRUELLEST MONTH…”
from “The Waste Land” by T.S. Eliot
National Poetry Month began in the US in 1996, spearheaded by the Academy of American Poets on the steps of a post office in New York City. There, the story goes, Academy staff members handed out copies of T.S. Eliot’s poem, “The Waste Land,” which begins, “April is the cruellest month…” to individuals waiting in line to mail their tax returns. Established in Canada in April 1998 by the LCP, NPM now brings together schools, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, and poets from across the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada’s culture.
In April 2016, we were pleased to collaborate with the Academy of American Poets to bring Poem in Your Pocket Day to Canada for the first time! Poem in Your Pocket Day encourages people to select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day. For more information about this initiative, visit poets.ca/pocketpoem.
NATIONAL POETRY MONTH 2016
Find out more about our 2016 theme, “The Road,” including our poster, bookmarks, and celebrations, here.
Find an incomplete (but still comprehensive!) list of NPM16 events across Canada here.
Find a roundup of NPM16 goings-on, including our own blog projects and other online initiatives, here.
Download a PDF with more information about National Poetry Month 2016 here.
Download a PDF of the 2016 National Poetry Month poster here.
Pour les matériaux en francais, cliquez ici.
2014: POETRY CITY
2013: FIFTEENTH ANNIVERSARY!
2010: CLIMATE CHANGES
2009: POETRY PLANET
2008: POETRY WITHOUT BORDERS
2007: POETRY IN THE FUTURE
2006: LCP CELEBRATES 40 YEARS
2005 POSTER (no theme)
2004: POETS IN OUR COMMUNITIES