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Nikki VanRy delivers some NEA news on poetry readership:

If you've been in the poetry world at all recently, you know that we've been seeing a renaissance of sorts when it comes to poetry. Poetry is exciting right now, ya'll. Even though readers have likely felt these tidal shifts, new poetry research from the National Endowment For The Arts has actual numbers that show what we felt is true: poetry reading is up, across the board.

"As the https://www.arts.gov/sites/default/files/PoetryFormatted.xlsx NEA reports," she tells us:

"Nearly 12 percent (11.7 percent) of adults read poetry in the last year, according to new data from the National Endowment for the Arts' 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA). That's 28 million adults. As a share of the total U.S. adult population, this poetry readership is the highest on record over a 15-year period of conducting the SPPA, a research partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau."

These rates are also improving in some key demographic sub-groups:

• For 18-24 year olds, poetry reading has doubled (at 17.5% in 2017, up from 8.2% in 2012) • Adults 25-34 years old are reading at rates of 12.3% in 2017, versus 6.7% in 2012 • Notable gains were seen in women readers (up to 14.5% from 8.0% in 2012), African Americans (15.3% from 6.9% in 2012), Asian Americans (12.6%, up from 4.8%), and other non-white, non-Hispanic groups (13.5%, up from 4.7%)

Education is also an important factor:

• Adults with only some college education showed sharp increases in their poetry-reading rates. Of those who attended but did not graduate from college, 13.0 percent read poetry in 2017, up from 6.6 percent in 2012. College graduates (15.2 percent, up from 8.7 percent) and adults with graduate or professional degrees (19.7 percent, up from 12.5 percent) also saw sizeable increases.

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