stanza

“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.

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.

May 12 2015
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National Poetry Month Ends and the Great Work Begins

"Beyond April's activities, poetry and poetic practice in the U.S. has never been more vibrant and more diverse," writes Executive Director Jennifer Benka in her article published yesterday in the Huffington Post. Read more about how poetry is not just alive and well, but thriving during National Poetry Month and all year long.

May 11 2015
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A Year of P.O.P

In the year since we began our partnership with Rachel Eliza Giffiths's Poets on Poets (P.O.P) video series, we've featured twenty-four poets, including Tina Chang, Terrance Hayes, Deborah Landau, Tracy K. Smith, and Afaa Michael Weaver.

May 08 2015

Poems for Mom on Mother's Day

This Sunday, May 10, as we gift our mothers with flowers and other tokens of our appreciation, we search for the words to express what they mean to us. In honor of mothers—as creators, as caregivers, as teachers, as confidants, as supporters, and as friends—we present a selection of poems and articles for and about mothers.

May 08 2015
Read This Poem

Rounding out National Poetry Month 2015: Read This Poem

Each year National Poetry Month brings with it new projects designed with the purpose of celebrating great American poetry. For National Poetry Month 2015, the Academy of American Poets teamed up with the nonprofit youth writing organization 826 National to produce Read This Poem, a project meant to highlight and celebrate the work of poets in cities with 826 chapters: Ann Arbor/Detroit, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Each chapter selected a poetry ambassador, who selected a poem written by a local poet and wrote a short essay about it.

May 05 2015
YUGEN literary journal cover. Courtesy of Ammiel Alcalay.

Ammiel Alcalay on Poetic Schools and Movements

Ammiel Alcalay's essay “Out of the Schools and Into the Archives,” published in the 2015 spring-summer issue of American Poets, examines why poets such as John Ashbery, Diane di Prima, and Charles Olson are connected with specific movements, and how such schools and movements can hide more than they reveal. Alcalay takes a close look at the small literary journals publishing poetry in the 50s and 60s, as well as the literary correspondence between poets writing at the time.

Apr 29 2015

Read This Poem: Week Five

In honor of National Poetry Month, the Academy of American Poets teamed up with 826 National to highlight and celebrate the work of poets in cities with 826 chapters: Ann Arbor/Detroit, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Each chapter selected a poetry ambassador, who selected a poem written by a local poet and wrote a short essay about it. That poet picked another, and the chain went on.

As National Poetry Month 2015 winds down to a close, so does our Read This Poem project. This week we reveal the final picks for each of the cities.

Apr 27 2015
Idra Novey

Idra Novey on Her Poetic Beginnings

In this video, recorded at Poets Forum 2014 as part of our panel discussions on contemporary poetry, Idra Novey discusses how and when her poems begin and what sparks the inspiration needed to write. "In order to create something new there has to be a surrender of something old," Novey says. "Otherwise, you can’t reinvent, you can’t do something new that you haven’t done before."

Apr 23 2015
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Read This Poem: Week Four

In honor of National Poetry Month, the Academy of American Poets has teamed up with 826 National to highlight and celebrate the work of poets in cities with 826 chapters: Ann Arbor/Detroit, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Each chapter selected a poetry ambassador, who selected a poem written by a local poet and wrote a short essay about it. That poet picked another, and the chain goes on. Every Wednesday in April, we will reveal the next round of selected poems.

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