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National Poetry Month 2023

This guide will provide information on poetry and events for National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month, April 2023

Initiated in April 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is currently the largest world-wide literary celebration. It encourages booksellers, libraries, poets, publishers, and schools to promote the importance of poetry and its significance to society and culture. Mississippi State University Libraries is participating in the festivities this year, and we hope our events and programs inspire you to celebrate poetry in April and throughout the year!

By celebrating Poetry Month, Mississippi State University Libraries hopes to promote poetry by:

Want to show your support for National Poetry Month? Order a free National Poetry Month poster here!

2023 National Poetry Month Poster by Marc Brown


The 2023 poster was designed by Marc Brown, creator of the popular Arthur book and PBS television series. The artwork incorporates an excerpted line from the poem “Carrying” by U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón. Brown was selected by Scholastic—the global children’s publishing, education, and media company—to create the artwork for this year’s poster as part of a new National Poetry Month initiative between the publisher and the Academy of American Poets. —

Free Poetry Month Poster!

Order your free poster now by completing the form on this page. 

Or, you can download a PDF of the poster

To purchase posters from previous years, please visit the poster gallery.

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