announcements

Jul 07 2015

Carolyn Forché Announced as Judge of 2016 Walt Whitman Award

The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce that Carolyn Forché will judge the 2016 Walt Whitman Award, the nation’s most valuable first-book prize for poetry. The winner of the Whitman Award will receive $5,000 and be published by Graywolf Press in 2017. In addition, the Academy of American Poets will purchase and send thousands of copies of the book to its members, making it one of the most widely distributed poetry books of the year.

Jun 10 2015

Juan Felipe Herrera Announced as U.S. Poet Laureate

We're thrilled to share that Academy of American Poets Chancellor Juan Felipe Herrera is the new Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. 

In his new role he will work to inspire "greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry." 

Juan Felipe's enthusiasm and energy will undoubtedly engage more people with poetry. 

Mar 30 2015

2015 Walt Whitman Award Winner Announced

The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce that Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith has selected Sjohnna McCray as the recipient of the 2015 Walt Whitman Award, the nation’s most valuable first-book prize.

Mar 24 2015

Academy of American Poets Presents: Carolyn Forché and Kevin Young at the 2015 AWP Conference

The Academy of American Poets is pleased to host a reading featuring poets Carolyn Forché and Kevin Young at the AWP Conference on Saturday, April 11, at 8:30 p.m. The event will take place in the Main Auditorium, Level 1, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Carolyn Forché is the 2013 recipient of the Academy of American Poets Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement. Her latest book is Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001 (W. W. Norton, 2014). Kevin Young is the recipient of a 2012 American Book Award and is a National Book Award finalist.

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