“The word stanza means ‘room’ in Italian...and each stanza is like a room in a house, a lyric dwelling place,” writes Edward Hirsch in A Poet’s Glossary. Stanza is now fully furnished with updates throughout the week about our Chancellors and programs, plus new essays, video and audio, lesson plans, and other poetry resources. Click each title below to read more.

Jun 30 2015
Turning into Dwelling

"We Are Our Situations": Terrance Hayes on Christopher Gilbert

“Who is this Christopher Gilbert and why am I only just hearing about him?” asks poet Terrance Hayes in his new essay, “We Are Our Situations: The Poetry of Christopher Gilbert.”

Jun 30 2015
Czeslaw Milosz

Robert Hass on Poetics and Czesław Miłosz

In this video, recorded at Poets Forum 2014, Robert Hass, winner of the Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens Award, reads a long poem about poetics and an imaginary conversation with his friend, the late Polish poet Czesław Miłosz, born this day in 1911.

Jun 17 2015
Academy of American Poets Newsletter

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Jun 15 2015
Arthur Sze

Arthur Sze on Translation

In this video, Arthur Sze , an award-winning poet and celebrated translator of Chinese poetry, discusses the challenges and importance of poetry in translation. "For me, translation is, in a way, the most intimate form of reading—the most concentrated form—and it’s also vital to my process of creation," Sze says.

Jun 12 2015

Yeats Day 2015

Poet, playwright, cultural leader, Nobel Prize winner—William Butler Yeats left behind a legacy that extended beyond his beloved home in Ireland and influenced poets and writers across the globe. This year Ireland is commemorating the poet with Yeats2015, a “local, national and international series of exhibitions, performances, educational events, festivals, concerts, readings, talks, and screenings.”

Jun 08 2015
Marilyn Hacker

Marilyn Hacker on Translation

How true should the translator be to the original when translating a poem into another language? Marilyn Hacker explores this question, among others, in this conversation about translation from Poets Forum 2014.

Jun 03 2015
Allen Ginsberg. Photo credit: Dorothy Alexander.

In Honor of Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg was born eighty-nine years ago today.

Jun 01 2015
Khaled Mattawa

Khaled Mattawa on Translation

Recorded at Poets Forum 2014 as part of our Chancellors Conversations—a series of intimate talks during which the Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets examine issues central to poetry today.

May 15 2015
Edward Hirsch A Poet's Glossary

A Year of A Poet's Glossary

In the year since we began publishing excerpts from Edward Hirsch's A Poet's Glossary, we have featured over forty individual poetic terms.

May 15 2015
Franz Wright. Photo credit: Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright

Franz Wright, March 18, 1953–May 14, 2015

We were deeply saddened to hear that Franz Wright died on May 14, 2015, at his home in Waltham, Massachusetts. Wright's poetry collections include the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Walking to Martha’s Vineyard (Alfred A. Knopf, 2003). He was the son of poet James Wright.