National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month

The 25th Annual Celebration of Poets and Poetry Month

National Poetry Month, DC Family Reads "I Wish." Check out this title in Overdrive. No holds, no waiting.

Events | Haiku Contest | DC Family Reads | Reading Recommendations

April is National Poetry Month. Celebrate with the Library by checking out books, participating in the Haiku contests and joining us for virtual events.

Check out the catalog of poetry books, ebooks and audiobooks here.

Poetry Month Events

Find even more events by checking out the Library calendar.

Enter the Haiku Contest

Participating branches of the DC Public Library invite you to compete in a haiku contest this April.

Write a haiku about one of the following themes:
✎your love of books, stories or the library,
✎something you’ve missed since the start of the pandemic,
✎ cherry blossoms, or
✎something special to DC.

The contest runs April 1-30 in honor of National Poetry Month. Prize-winners will take home library swag and have their poem posted in the library and on the DC Public Library website and social media channels in May.

Each branch will select children’s (6-12), teen (13-19) and adult winners.
Limited to 2 entries per person.

Submit your poem here.

En abril, celebre el Mes Nacional de la Poesía participando en nuestro concurso de Creación de Haiku. Haga click aquí para entrar. 

DC Family Reads

In celebration of National Poetry Month, this month's DC Family Reads is I Wish which was written by Toon Tellegen, illustrated by Ingrid Godon and translated from the Dutch by David ColmerDC Family Reads is a DC Public Library literacy program that complements DC Reads, featuring a book that families can enjoy reading, discussing and doing related activities together. This month's book with 33 poems and intriguing portraits is a 2021 Notable Book of Children’s Poetry by the National Council of Teachers of English. We encourage you to write a poem or to create art inspired by the book and to share it with Elsewhere Editions who will post it on their website. Visit the DC Family Reads page to learn more.

Books for Adults


Poetry for Teens

Poetry for Children