Academy of American Poets

Academy of American Poets Chancellors

The Academy of American Poets was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry.

recent announcements

Aug 24 2015
This fall, The New York Public Library and the Academy of American Poets will present a free series of four conversations exploring how different art forms engage with poetry. These conversations will pair some of today’s most intriguing poets with accomplished artists, dancers, chefs, and actors. The monthly series includes events with Claudia Rankine and artist Carrie Mae Weems, with a special introduction by Elizabeth Alexander (September 9); Mark Doty and choreographer Bill T. Jones (October 19); Kevin Young and chef Gabrielle Hamilton (November 19); and Sharon Olds and actress Cynthia Nixon (December 11). Events are free and open to the public, but online advance registration is required.
Aug 21 2015
The Academy of American Poets, the nation’s largest member-supported charitable organization championing poets and poetry, has named Richard Blanco its first Education Ambassador. An honorary position, the Education Ambassador recognizes an esteemed poet’s dedication to poetry being taught in the schools and to inspiring teachers. In this role Mr. Blanco will work with the Academy of American Poets to champion the organization and its programs and resources to the educational community. He will also participate in meetings with teachers and education leaders, contribute to Poets.org, and advise on ways to further develop the organization’s education initiatives.

programs

Poets Forum
Each fall the Academy of American Poets presents a series of events over three days in New York City that explore the ever-changing landscape of contemporary poetry in America.This year’s Poets Forum will be held October 8 to 10, 2015, and will...
Poem-a-Day
Poem-a-Day is the original and only daily digital poetry series featuring over 200 new, previously unpublished poems by today's talented poets each year. On weekdays, poems are accompanied by exclusive commentary by the poets, and several featured...
Since 1934, the Academy of American Poets has awarded more money to poets than any other organization. read more

prizes

The Academy of American Poets Fellowship is a $25,000 prize awarded to one poet each year to recognize distinguished poetic achievement. Established in 1946 and given in memory of James Ingram Merrill, the Academy of American Poets Fellowship was...
The Wallace Stevens Award is given annually to recognize outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry. Established in 1994, the award carries a $100,000 stipend. Recipients are chosen by the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors.
Established in 1975, the Walt Whitman Award is a $5,000 first-book publication prize. The winner receives publication by Graywolf Press, an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in the Umbrian region of Italy, and...