Nov 05 2015

Poetry Organizations from Across the United States to Convene at the Lannan Foundation for Historic Meeting

In the past five years, the interest in poetry and its audience has grown. In response, on November 5-7, for the first time, leaders from sixteen nonprofit organizations dedicated to promoting and presenting poets and poetry will meet at the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, NM to discuss their mutual efforts, as well as how they might make poetry even more visible and find new supporters for the art form.
Oct 27 2015
One Today Event

Academy of American Poets Education Ambassador Richard Blanco and Illustrator Dav Pilkey Release Children’s Book One Today

Join Academy of American Poets Education Ambassador and inaugural poet Richard Blanco and illustrator Dav Pilkey as they celebrate the release of their collaboration One Today at a special celebration to be held on Monday, November 2, 2015 at PS 321, 180 7th Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn. This free reading, conversation, and book signing, cosponsored by 826NYC, will appeal to children and adults alike. Attendees will have a chance to win prizes including gift cards to Powerhouse bookstore, limited edition art prints, and broadsides of Blanco’s inspirational inaugural poem.
Aug 24 2015

The New York Public Library and the Academy of American Poets Present New Series This Fall Pairing Poets with Complementary Creative Minds

This fall, The New York Public Library and the Academy of American Poets will present a free series of four conversations exploring how different art forms engage with poetry. These conversations will pair some of today’s most intriguing poets with accomplished artists, dancers, chefs, and actors. The monthly series includes events with Claudia Rankine and artist Carrie Mae Weems, with a special introduction by Elizabeth Alexander (September 9); Mark Doty and choreographer Bill T. Jones (October 19); Kevin Young and chef Gabrielle Hamilton (November 19); and Sharon Olds and actress Cynthia Nixon (December 11). Events are free and open to the public, but online advance registration is required.
Aug 21 2015

Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco named Education Ambassador of the Academy of American Poets

The Academy of American Poets, the nation’s largest member-supported charitable organization championing poets and poetry, has named Richard Blanco its first Education Ambassador. An honorary position, the Education Ambassador recognizes an esteemed poet’s dedication to poetry being taught in the schools and to inspiring teachers. In this role Mr. Blanco will work with the Academy of American Poets to champion the organization and its programs and resources to the educational community. He will also participate in meetings with teachers and education leaders, contribute to, and advise on ways to further develop the organization’s education initiatives.