The NEA and National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month is an initiative supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. In this March 31 interview, Jennifer Benka, Executive Director of the Academy of American Poets, references Montpelier’s PoemCity, together with projects in Miami and in Bainbridge Island, Washington, as an example of municipal celebration and appreciation of National Poetry Month.

BENKA: What began as a grassroots effort in New York City to highlight poets, promote the sale of poetry books, and encourage the reading and teaching of poems, has become a nationwide phenomenon. Thanks to the support and partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Booksellers Association, American Library Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English, today, National Poetry Month events occur in thousands of schools, libraries, bookstores, classrooms, and communities across the U.S. 

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