Academy of American Poets

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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

Jul 07 2015

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

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. 

programs

Summer Reading Series, Matt Rasmussen
This summer the Academy of American Poets continues its tradition of offering poetry readings featuring a diverse lineup of poets sharing their latest work at the historic New York Public Library. Our readings are made possible in part by funds from...
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 8-10, 2015, and will feature...
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Poem-a-Day is the original and only daily digital poetry series featuring over 200 new, previously unpublished poems by today's talented poets each year.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...

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...