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Our Sweet 16! Print has been online since April 1996, the same month the Academy of American Poets initiated National Poetry Month.

That made April 2012 our Sweet 16!
To celebrate, we've looked back at how the site has transformed over the years, and look forward to exciting changes ahead. Celebrate with us by exploring the site's history. If you're a regular visitor of, please consider making a gift today. Your support ensures that readers like yourself can celebrate for years to come.


Funded, in part, by the generous support of readers, the following initiatives continue to serve millions of people a year.

Teen Homepage
Specially curated for young poets, the Poetry Resources for Teens page has featured updated recommendations every month since 2009, along with links to pages popular among teen readers and writers.

National Poetry Map
Initially launched in 2003, this state-by-state guide to poetry in the United States is updated semi-annually, with suggestions submitted by community organizers and local poets.

Life Lines
Debuted in 2006, the Life Lines project continues to collect vital lines of essential American poetry from poets and poetry lovers alike.

Free Verse Gallery
Inspired by the 2009 National Poetry Month poster design, the Academy of American Poets invites people to capture ephemeral bits of verse in unusual places.

Historical Image Archive
Explore the rich history of the Academy of American Poets, dating back to 1934, by browsing nearly a hundred archival images.


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