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Who produces Poets.org? 
Poets.org is produced by the Academy of American Poets. The site was launched in 1996, becoming the original online resource for poems, poets' biographies, essays about poetry, and resources for K-12 teachers. 

What is the Academy of American Poets? 
Founded in 1934 in New York City, the Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization advocating for American poets and poetry. Its mission is to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. Each year, the charitable organization connects millions of readers to poets' work with its many programs and publications, which, in addition to Poets.org, include Poem-a-Day, National Poetry Month (April), American Poets biannual literary journal for members, the American Poets Prizes, Poetry & the Creative Mind, a Fall Conversation Series, and an Education Program that provides free resources, such as lesson plans and Teach This Poem, and the Dear Poet project for K-12 teachers and students. In addition, the organization coordinates the Poetry Coalition, an alliance of more than 20 poetry organizations across the United States. 

What is the history of the Academy of American Poets? 
The Academy of American Poets was founded by twenty-three-year-old Marie Bullock after she returned from studying in France where she appreciated poets' prominent place in the culture. Concerned about the lack of support for American poets, and with the advice of friends such as poets Edwin Arlington Robinson and Joseph Auslander (the first Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress), Bullock decided to take action and began raising funds to promote the cause of poetry and assist individual poets. Bullock served as the organization's president for its first fifty years. During the first thirty years, Bullock operated the organization out of her apartment, centering on a core program of awards to poets. After she died in 1986, poet Anthony Hecht said of her: "It is impossible to convey the unflagging buoyancy and enthusiasm with which Marie Bullock met every challenge during the long course of her brilliantly successful crusade on poetry's behalf. She was a gallant, devoted, and generous champion of a cause that had few champions before her, and none so successful. American poetry and their readers are all in her debt." Elizabeth Kray was hired in 1963 as the organization's first executive director. Kray was a legendary promoter of poetry, especially through poetry readings. Under Kray's leadership, the organization 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).

Who supports the Academy of American Poets? 
The organization and its many programs and publications are made possible, largely, by contributions from individuals and its members who reside in all 50 states. The organization also benefits from funding from private foundations, corporations, and government sources such as the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

How do you become a member of the Academy of American Poets? 
You may join the Academy of American Poets with a $35 or greater contribution, which helps underwrite the organization's programs and publications, including the Walt Whitman Award. Members receive American Poets literary journal, which features poems, book reviews, and interviews with poets. And, all members receive a 10% discount in the Poets Shop, as well as other special benefits. When you become a member of the Academy of American Poets you signal your belief that poetry matters and become a champion of poetry's important place in the culture. 

Who are the Chancellors, Staff, and Board of the Academy of American Poets? 
Established in 1946, the Board of Chancellors is an honorary group of esteemed poets who consult with the organization on artistic matters, elect the recipients of its largest prizes, advocate for its programmatic work, and serve as ambassadors for poetry in the world at large. Most of the staff members of the Academy of American Poets are poets themselves who share a passionate dedication to assisting other poets and growing the audience for poetry in the United States. The Board of Directors oversees the organization's mission, strategic plans and finances, and champions its programs. 

How can you get more involved? 
There are several ways to get involved with the Academy of American Poets: 1) become a member 2) sign up for and read Poem-a-Day 3) purchase poetry-related merchandise from the Poets Shop 4) sign up for the Academy Newsletter, which provides a timely selection of poems and information about the organization's programs 5) share Teach This Poem and other materials for teachers with educators you know 6) list your local poetry events in the Poetry Near You events calendar 7) participate in National Poetry Month and Poem in Your Pocket Day 8) follow the Academy of American Poets on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr 9) make a donation to support the Academy of American Poets and its programs and publications. 

Are there jobs available? 
When the Academy of American Poets has employment opportunities available, they will be listed on its Job Openings page, as well as on www.idealist.org. If you're looking for other employment opportunities, check Jobs for Poets, a roundup of available positions at other organizations. 

How do you submit poems to Poem-a-Day or have a biography added to Poets.org? 
The poems featured in Poem-a-Day are written by poets who have at least one book published or forthcoming. While the Academy of American Poets does not accept submissions, it encourages poets with forthcoming books to send a galley to Academy of American Poets, 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 901, New York, NY 10038, so that it might consider previously unpublished poems for publication. Poets.org features full-length biographies of poets who have published three or more books and have received recognition for their poetry. Short biographies of poets whose poems have appeared in Poem-a-Day are also featured. To be considered for a biography and/or submit information to update an existing biography, email academy@poets.org. Please note that the Academy has a queue of poets being reviewed for biographies and the staff appreciates your patience. 

Where can you learn more about writing contests or how to publish poems with other publications?
You can learn more about writing contests here and publishing your work here. Unfortunately the Academy of American Poets is not able to offer evaluations of your work. 

Where can you find a copy of the Academy of American Poets most recent annual report, audited financial statement, or IRS 990? 
The most recent annual report is available here. To request copied of the audit or 990, please call (212) 274-0343 or email academy@poets.org. Or, you can obtain a copy on the Academy of American Poets page at Guidestar: www.guidestar.org/profile/13-1879953.