Launched in 1996, American Poets is published in April and October each year. A year's subscription to the magazine is included in all levels of Academy membership. The publication's aim, like the aim of all Academy programs, is to provide a panorama of the contemporary poetic landscape.
The features in American Poets are written by some of today's most acclaimed and influential poets. The journal's many notable essays have included Frank Bidart on Robert Lowell's revision process, Mark Doty on metaphor, Terrance Hayes on sentimentality, Christine Hume on hybrid poetries, Thylias Moss on poetry's limits, Gerald Stern on Hart Crane, and Rosemarie Waldrop on contemporary French poetry.
The Introducing series has introduced over forty promising cutting-edge poets, many of whom obtained publishing contracts shortly after appearing in American Poets.
Interviews have highlighted conversations with such luminaries as Eavan Boland, Rita Dove, Jorie Graham, Philip Levine, Stanley Kunitz, Robert Pinsky, and James Tate. The Books Noted section gives readers a helpful perspective on the world of poetry publishing. And of course, each article—be it a manifesto or a memorial—is accompanied by remarkable poems.