The United States Library of Congress is in charge of appointing the national Poet Laureate. This tradition began in the U.S. in 1937. The current Poet Laureate is Charles Simic .
You can read his poem “At the Library” here.
Literacy Through Poetry gives graduate students and elementary students an opportunity to communicate and learn together through poetry.
This brief report from the Ohio Literacy Resource center describes some ways (and presents some “whys”) for using poetry in adult literacy education.
The Academy of American Poets has a wealth of information and ideas for celebrating National Poetry Month http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/102
Former United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins has initiated a literacy program called Poetry 180, targeted at high school libraries and classrooms. http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/