Academy Fellowship

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The Academy of American Poets Fellowship is a $25,000 prize awarded to one poet each year to recognize distinguished poetic achievement. Established in 1936 and given in memory of James Ingram Merrill, the Academy of American Poets Fellowship was the first award of its kind in the United States. Fellows are selected each summer by majority vote of the Academy’s Board of Chancellors. No applications are accepted.

previous winners

yearsort descending poet title
1936 Edwin Markham Academy Fellowship
1946 Edgar Lee Masters Academy Fellowship
1947 Ridgely Torrence Academy Fellowship
1948 Percy MacKaye Academy Fellowship
1949 Edna St. Vincent Millay Academy Fellowship
1950 E. E. Cummings Academy Fellowship
1952 Padraic Colum Academy Fellowship
1953 Robert Frost Academy Fellowship
1954 Louise Townsend Nicholl Academy Fellowship
1954 Oliver St. John Gogarty Academy Fellowship
1955 Rolfe Humphries Academy Fellowship
1956 William Carlos Williams Academy Fellowship
1957 Conrad Aiken Academy Fellowship
1958 Robinson Jeffers Academy Fellowship
1959 Louise Bogan Academy Fellowship
1960 Jesse Stuart Academy Fellowship
1961 Horace Gregory Academy Fellowship
1962 John Crowe Ransom Academy Fellowship
1963 Ezra Pound Academy Fellowship
1963 Allen Tate Academy Fellowship
1964 Elizabeth Bishop Academy Fellowship
1965 Marianne Moore Academy Fellowship
1966 Archibald MacLeish Academy Fellowship
1966 John Berryman Academy Fellowship
1967 Mark Van Doren Academy Fellowship
1968 Stanley Kunitz Academy Fellowship
1969 Anthony Hecht Academy Fellowship
1969 Richard Eberhart Academy Fellowship
1970 Howard Nemerov Academy Fellowship
1971 James Wright Academy Fellowship
1972 W. D. Snodgrass Academy Fellowship
1973 W. S. Merwin Academy Fellowship
1974 Léonie Adams Academy Fellowship
1975 Robert Hayden Academy Fellowship
1976 J. V. Cunningham Academy Fellowship
1977 Louis Coxe Academy Fellowship
1978 Josephine Miles Academy Fellowship
1979 May Swenson Academy Fellowship
1979 Mark Strand Academy Fellowship
1980 Mona Van Duyn Academy Fellowship
1981 Richard Hugo Academy Fellowship
1982 John Ashbery Academy Fellowship
1982 John Frederick Nims Academy Fellowship
1983 James Schuyler Academy Fellowship
1983 Philip Booth Academy Fellowship
1984 Richmond Lattimore Academy Fellowship
1984 Robert Francis Academy Fellowship
1985 Amy Clampitt Academy Fellowship
1985 Maxine Kumin Academy Fellowship
1986 Irving Feldman Academy Fellowship
1986 Howard Moss Academy Fellowship
1987 Alfred Corn Academy Fellowship
1987 Josephine Jacobsen Academy Fellowship
1988 Donald Justice Academy Fellowship
1989 Richard Howard Academy Fellowship
1990 William Meredith Academy Fellowship
1991 J. D. McClatchy Academy Fellowship
1992 Adrienne Rich Academy Fellowship
1993 Gerald Stern Academy Fellowship
1994 David Ferry Academy Fellowship
1995 Denise Levertov Academy Fellowship
1996 Jay Wright Academy Fellowship
1997 John Haines Academy Fellowship
1998 Charles Simic Academy Fellowship
1999 Gwendolyn Brooks Academy Fellowship
2000 Lyn Hejinian Academy Fellowship
2001 Ellen Bryant Voigt Academy Fellowship
2002 Sharon Olds Academy Fellowship
2003 Li-Young Lee Academy Fellowship
2004 Jane Hirshfield Academy Fellowship
2005 Claudia Rankine Academy Fellowship
2006 Carl Phillips Academy Fellowship
2007 James McMichael Academy Fellowship
2008 Brigit Pegeen Kelly Academy Fellowship
2009 Harryette Mullen Academy Fellowship
2010 Khaled Mattawa Academy Fellowship
2011 Joan Larkin Academy Fellowship
2012 Brenda Hillman Academy Fellowship
2013 Carolyn Forché Academy Fellowship
2014 Tracy K. Smith Academy Fellowship