National Poetry Month Celebrates Langston Hughes, Gertrude Stein, W. H. Auden, Marie Ponsot & Shel Silverstein
This April will mark the 7th anniversary of National Poetry Month(NPM), undeniably the largest, most democratic celebration of any of the arts in America. Since its inception in 1996, the National Poetry Month initiative has grown exponentially, with an estimated audience that now reaches into the tens of millions.

This year, National Poetry Month will bring special attention to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Langston Hughes, featuring the beloved poet on the National Poetry Month poster, as well as in our national advertising campaign. The Academy has also launched a special Langston Hughes Centenary Exhibit on dedicated to the life and work of Hughes. In addition, the Academy is partnering with the Langston Hughes National Poetry Project (based at the University of Kansas) and the National Council of Teachers of English to sponsor a number of special events, including a Langston Hughes Poetry Day on April 2, 2002. And on April 30th, in association with PEN American Center, the Academy will co-sponsor a star-studded tribute to Hughes at New York City's famous Town Hall.

"These two Langston Hughes events will serve as bookends to NPM, a month committed to celebrating the achievements of American poets," observes Acting Executive Director Charles Flowers. "This year we are sponsoring a number of exciting programs that range from a two-day conference at Barnard exploring the relationship between women poets and the theater to celebrations of W. H. Auden, E. E. Cummings, and children's poet Shel Silverstein." This April will also mark the launch of the Academy's own reading series, created specifically for those poetry publishers who sponsor NPM at the Benefactor level. The series will include readings by Paul Muldoon, Cynthia Zarin, Mark Doty and Grace Schulman, among others.

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