About National Poetry Day
NZ Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh performing at 'Poets Live on Campus!' Auckland, National Poetry Day 2017.

About National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day was established in 1997. A one-day national poetry event extravaganza, it is held on a Friday in late August each year. In 2020, Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day will take place nationwide on Friday 21 August.

From seasoned poets, to total newbies, to the simply-a-bit-curious, participants in the record-breaking 2019 National Poetry Day had the opportunity at about 150 events around the country, to be touched by the magic and excitement of poetry, to get involved in the poetry community, and to discover New Zealand poets, share poems and explore and experience what poetry is all about.

This year we're aiming to break records again. Our events are all organised by poetry-loving volunteers and will involve thousands of people in towns and cities all over the country. We'll have a number of great competitions leading up to and after Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day — some nationwide, others region-specific — with many of the winners announced on the day.

Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day is governed by the New Zealand Book Awards Trust.