National Poetry Month: archives

Established in Canada in 1998, 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.

Each year, the League of Canadian Poets selects a theme to ground our conversations, inspirations, and focus of National Poetry Month. LCP produces posters and bookmarks reflecting this theme, which are free to request for your home, school, library, or community!

Find the latest NPM updates at poets.ca/NPM.

Établie au Canada en 1998, le MNP rassemble les écoles, les maisons d’éditions, les librairies, les bibliothèques, les organismes littéraires et les poètes de partout au Canada afin de célébrer la vitalité d’une poésie bien ancrée au sein de la culture canadienne.

Chaque année, la Ligue des poètes canadiens choisit une thématique pour faire converger nos conversations, et nos inspirations pendant tout le mois d’avril. Que ce soit pour vous, votre école, votre bibliothèque, ou votre communauté, le Mois national de la poésie vous enverra gratuitement, sur demande, des signets et des affiches reflétant notre thématique.

National Poetry Month 2023: Joy

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Book Awards 2023: What is a poem you turn to for comfort or joy?

We asked the longlisters and shortlisters of the 2023 Book Awards, What is a poem you turn to for comfort or joy? Winners will be announced on May 4, 2023. Stay tuned! Looking for more info about LCP Book Awards? Read the 2023 Shortlists Read the 2023 Longlists “Perfect Song” by Heather ChristleManahil BandukwalaMONUMENT by Manahil…

NPM 2023: Joy

The League of Canadian Poets invites you to celebrate the 25th National Poetry Month this April 2023! What will you read this National Poetry Month? What events will you organize, attend? Will you start your own poetry writing project? Will you write your first poem? Will you share your poetry online for the first time? This…

National Poetry Month 2022: Intimacy

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NPM 2022: Intimacy

National Poetry Month 2022: INTIMACY April 2022 is National Poetry Month! The League of Canadian Poets invites you to celebrate the 24nd National Poetry Month this April 2022 with the theme of intimacy.  This National Poetry Month, we invite you to celebrate with the theme of INTIMACY. We crave it. We fear it. We are…

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2022

Poem in Your Pocket Day – April 29, 2022 – is an international movement that encourages people to centre poetry within their daily interactions. On PIYP Day, select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, coffee shops, street corners, and on social media using the…

National Poetry Month 2021: Resilience

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National Poetry Month 2021

National Poetry Month 2021: Resilience The League of Canadian Poets invites you to celebrate the 23nd National Poetry Month this April 2021 with the theme of resilience.  What does it mean to be resilient? We meet resilience in every corner we’ve been backed into, every hardship that we endure. Resilience is geographical, spiritual, historical. It’s the fight…

National Poetry Month 2020: A World of Poetry

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Whispers of Ancient Sounds by Suparna Ghosh

Suparna’s video presentation evokes an expat’s musings from across lands and borders and other incarnations, real or imagined. It was inspired by the event sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets, and the 2020 National Poetry Month, with the theme of “A World of Poetry” Here, she has searched through her collection of poems from…

National Poetry Month 2020 Blog List

This National Poetry Month 2020 has been full of amazing poetry, poets, and community. In case you missed any of our amazing NPM Blog posts, here is a recap of all the thoughts, ideas, and reflections offered up by our esteemed group of NPM Blog poets. Thank you to all our contributors for your voices…

National Poetry Month 2019: Nature

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NPM19: Announcing a new award from the League of Canadian Poets!

To close out National Poetry Month 2019, the League is very excited to announce something big that we’re looking forward to launching this year… a brand new $10,000 poetry prize! We couldn’t think of a better way to say farewell to #NPM19 than to share something for rising talents in Canadian poetry to look forward…

NPM19: Weekly Round-Up | WEEK FOUR

Overwhelmed by all the amazing National Poetry Month content coming out every day? Need a refresher? We’ll be rounding up our blog content, along with the awesome stuff our friends at Read Local BC, Open Book, All Lit Up, and CBC Books are releasing – plus other NPM news that catches our eye each week; all month long. – From the League’s own…

National Poetry Month 2018: 20th Anniversary

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#NPM18: LA POÉSIE PARTOUT | GUEST POST BY JONATHAN LAMY

de diffusion, de médiation et de dissémination de la poésie For the English translation of this article, click here. La poésie peut être faite partout, avoir lieu n’importe où. Voilà le principe fondateur de La poésie partout, un organisme à but non lucratif mis sur pied à Montréal en janvier 2017, dans le but d’inventer, produire,…

#NPM18: WEEKLY ROUND-UP | WEEK THREE

Overwhelmed by all the amazing National Poetry Month content coming out every day? Need a refresher? We’ll be rounding up our blog content, along with the awesome stuff our friends at Open Book, All Lit Up, 49th Shelf, and CBC Books are releasing – plus other NPM news that catches our eye each week; all month long. – From the League’s own…

National Poetry Month 2017: Time

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NPM17: THAT’S A WRAP

Every year it feels like there are more and more exciting goings-on for National Poetry Month, and 30 days is just not enough time to celebrate them all! Here are a few highlights from April, including awards announcements, fun articles about the benefits of reading poetry, and much more! If you ran a NPM campaign…

ON INSPIRATION: STEVEN HEIGHTON, ELEE KRALJII GARDINER, ROBIN RICHARDSON, AND SOUVANKHAM THAMMAVONGSA

National Poetry Month may be over, but the job of a poet is never done. Events like National Poetry Month and NaNoWriMo can be a great help in starting or finishing a writing project, but what about all the days with no trendy, inspiring hashtag to get you through the grind? Inspiration and writers’ block…

National Poetry Month 2016: The Road

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THAT’S A WRAP: NPM16

It feels like we woke up yesterday and National Poetry Month was just beginning, but somehow it’s May tomorrow and we have to wrap up our celebrations. We’ve had such a great month celebrating poetry, both online and in events across Canada, and seeing what other organizations orchestrated for our favourite month! We’ve definitely missed…

HITTING THE ROAD: ATLANTIC PROVINCES

National Poetry Month is almost over, and so too is our virtual road trip. We hit our last four provinces today, driving through PEI, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and New Brunswick. We know for a fact that all of the Atlantic provinces are highly literary and active, but once again we confess we don’t have…

Posters and themes: NPM 2015 and earlier

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NPM17: THAT’S A WRAP

Every year it feels like there are more and more exciting goings-on for National Poetry Month, and 30 days is just not enough time to celebrate them all! Here are a few highlights from April, including awards announcements, fun articles about the benefits of reading poetry, and much more! If you ran a NPM campaign…

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ON INSPIRATION: STEVEN HEIGHTON, ELEE KRALJII GARDINER, ROBIN RICHARDSON, AND SOUVANKHAM THAMMAVONGSA

National Poetry Month may be over, but the job of a poet is never done. Events like National Poetry Month and NaNoWriMo can be a great help in starting or finishing a writing project, but what about all the days with no trendy, inspiring hashtag to get you through the grind? Inspiration and writers’ block…

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POETS RESIST: NPM ON ALU, FINAL STRETCH

This content has been provided by All Lit Up, an online bookstore and blog run by the Literary Press Group for readers of emerging, quirky, and unabashedly Canadian literature by some of Canada’s finest independent publishers. One final, tremendous thanks to the great folks over at All Lit Up who have been curating and sharing…

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NPM AND BEYOND: RECOMMENDATIONS

And just like that, National Poetry Month is nearly over — our hearts are heavy, and our to-read lists grew as much as they shrank this April. In our last NPM and Beyond! blog post, we wanted to chat with some of our shortlisted authors about their reading habits and recommendations. Find out what books…

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NPM AND BEYOND: THE ACT OF READING

Today in our NPM and Beyond! blog series, we’re thrilled to be chatting with some of our shortlisted authors about their reading habits — and how they suggest making time for poetry in your day-to-day life. Steven Heighton’s latest book The Waking Comes Late is shortlisted for our 2017 Raymond Souster Award, and also won…

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POETS RESIST: NPM ON ALU, WEEK 3

This content has been provided by All Lit Up, an online bookstore and blog run by the Literary Press Group for readers of emerging, quirky, and unabashedly Canadian literature by some of Canada’s finest independent publishers. We are already into the final week of National Poetry Month! Today on the blog we’re catching up with…

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