“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.

Jan 24 2015
Language Matters with Bob Holmon

New Film Reveals Why Language Matters

“Where will meanings be when the words are forgotten?” asks W. S. Merwin in Language Matters with Bob Holman. Merwin’s question addresses the thousands of languages that are under threat of extinction. According to the film, “There are over 6,000 languages in the whole world. We lose one every two weeks.
Jan 23 2015
Alicia Suskin Ostriker. Photo credit: J. P. Ostriker

Newly Elected Chancellor: Alicia Suskin Ostriker

We are pleased to welcome Alicia Suskin Ostriker to the Academy of American Poets’ Board of Chancellors. She is the author of more than ten poetry collections, including The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014) andThe Crack in Everything (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996), which was a National Book Award finalist and won both the Paterson Poetry Award and the San Francisco State Poetry Center Award.
Jan 22 2015
 Linda Gregerson. Photo credit: Nina Subin

Newly Elected Chancellor: Linda Gregerson

We are pleased to welcome Linda Gregerson to the Academy of American Poets’ Board of Chancellors. Her books of poetry include The Selvage (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012); Magnetic North (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007), a finalist for the National Book Award; and Waterborne (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002), winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.
Jan 21 2015
Elizabeth Alexander. Photo credit: CJ Gunther

Newly Elected Chancellor: Elizabeth Alexander

We are pleased to welcome Elizabeth Alexander to the Academy of American Poets’ Board of Chancellors. She is the author of several collections of poetry, including Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010 (Graywolf Press, 2010), and American Sublime (Graywolf Press, 2005), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2009, she was selected to compose and recite a poem for President Barack Obama’s first Presidential Inauguration.