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.

Mar 09 2015

13th Annual Poetry & the Creative Mind Lineup Announced

On April 15, 2015 at 6:30 p.m., the Academy of American Poets will present our 13th annual Poetry & the Creative Mind at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. Please join us for this inspiring evening celebrating the role of poetry in American culture. Poetry & the Creative Mind features contemporary and classic poems shared from the stage by... 

Mar 05 2015

Expanded Eligibility Criteria for the Academy of American Poets Prizes

We are pleased to share the following news from our Executive Director, Jennifer Benka.

Dear Poets and Poetry Publishers,

I’m writing with a special announcement regarding our prizes, but first, I want to thank Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Christopher Soto, and Javier Zamora. In recent weeks, these three poets have been working to ensure that first-book awards for poets, including the Academy of American Poets’ Walt Whitman Award, are more inclusive of young poets living in the United States.