Academy of American Poets
View Cart | Log In 
Subscribe | More Info 
Find a Poet or Poem
Advanced Search >
Related Prose
The Virgin of Bennington [excerpt]
by Kathleen Norris
A Poet's Guide: 75th Anniversary Booklet
Related Poets
Stanley Kunitz
Related Pages
About Us
About Us FAQ
Sponsor a Poet Page | Add to Notebook | Email to Friend | Print
Elizabeth Kray

Elizabeth Kray

Elizabeth Kray was hired in 1963 as the Academy of American Poets' first executive director. Betty Kray was a legendary promoter of poetry, especially through poetry readings; during her tenure at the Academy she was instrumental in putting both the organization and the art of poetry on the cultural map.

Under Betty's leadership, the Academy launched a groundbreaking reading series at the Guggenheim Museum (1963), the first national touring circuits for poets (1965), the first Poets-in-the-Schools program (1966), the Walt Whitman Award (1975), and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award (1976). In 1985, two years before her death, she co-founded Poets House with Stanley Kunitz.


From the Image Archive
Prose by
Elizabeth Kray

Walking Tour: Edgar Allan Poe's Publishers Row in New York City
Walking Tour: Herman Melville’s Downtown New York City
Walking Tour: Walt Whitman's Printing House Square in New York City
Walking Tour: Walt Whitman's SoHo Historic District in New York City

Want more poetry?
Sign up to receive our
monthly update emails.

Buy Elizabeth Kray books on Amazon

Larger TypeLarger Type | Home | Help | Contact Us | Privacy Policy Copyright © 1997 - 2014 by Academy of American Poets.