Poetry Month began in 1996 and was started by the Academy of American Poets. It now has the support of many other organisations including the government, art societies, poets and educational leaders. Several countries honour this month-long celebration, including the United States of America, Canada and Great Britain. However, the month when the celebration takes place differs between countries. Poetry Month has a variety of aims including raising awareness of poetry in the media and schools, encouraging people to read and highlighting the achievements of poets.
People wanting to participate in Poetry Month can read poetry, write their own poetry, buy poetry books or make a donation to the Academy of American Poets. Parents and those working in an education role can encourage children to become involved in Poetry Month by studying different aspects of poetry in a fun, interactive and educational way.