Every National Poetry Month we present Dear Poet, a multimedia education project that invites young people in grades five through twelve to write letters in response to poems written and read by award-winning poets.

The submission period for Dear Poet 2023 is closed.


Helpful links

Read a brief essay about Dear Poet.

Read about one high school's participation in the project.

Use the 2023 Dear Poet lesson plan.

Dear Poet FAQ.

Download and print the Dear Poet 2023 Certificate of Completion.

Read letters from the 2022 Dear Poet project.


(Teachers—the poems and videos are intentionally inclusive of a variety of poets, levels of content, and perspectives. Please look through the poems and videos before you show them to your class, and choose the ones that you think are most appropriate for your students.)