We're pleased to announce that Dr. Madeleine Fuchs Holzer has joined the organization as its first Educator in Residence. This honorary position reflects the organization’s long-standing commitment to supporting K-12 teachers and encouraging young people to engage with the art of poetry. The Academy of American Poets created the very first Poets-in-the-Schools program in the early 1960s, and in 1996 launched the nation’s first Online Poetry Classroom, offering a suite of curated educational materials available for free on the web, as well as in-person trainings for teachers.
Walt Whitman Award Now the Most Valuable First-Book Publication Prize for Poetry in the United States
We are excited to announce two changes to our distinguished Walt Whitman Award, making it the most valuable first-book award for poetry in the United States. In addition to $5,000, the winner of the 2015 award will now receive publication of his or her manuscript by Graywolf Press, an award-winning independent publisher, and an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy.
In the Opinion Pages of the New York Times on July 20, 2014, seven poets were asked to respond to the question, "Does poetry matter?"
Please join us October 16 to 18 in New York City for the eighth annual Poets Forum, our three day celebration of poetry, which takes place on the campuses of New York University and The New School. Poets Forum explores the ever-changing landscape of contemporary poetry in the United States through in-depth discussion with some of the most distinguished poets of our day, poetry readings, lectures, receptions, and more.