Mar 23 2016

Announcing the 2016 Walt Whitman Award Winner

We’re happy to announce that Mai Der Vang is the recipient of the 2016 Walt Whitman Award for her manuscript, Afterland. In her citation, judge Carolyn Forché writes, “Afterland has haunted me. I keep returning to read these poems aloud, hearing in them a language at once atavistic, contemporary, and profoundly spiritual.” Afterland will be published by Graywolf Press in April 2017 and distributed to members of the Academy of American Poets.

Jan 12 2016

Introducing Our New Chancellor

Brenda Hillman has been named our newest Chancellor, an honorary position that has been held by some of the most distinguished poets in the United States, including W. H.

Dec 21 2015

Winners of the 2015 University & College Poetry Prizes Published on

We're pleased to announce that the winners of the Academy of American Poets' 2015 University & College Poetry Prizes are now published on Read the winning poems here.

Dec 08 2015

Poem-A-Day: The Book

The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce the publication of POEM-A-DAY: 365 Poems for Every Occasion, to be released by Abrams Books. Inspired by the digital series Poem-a-Day, this new book is organized chronologically, in keeping with the themes of the seasons. It also features an index that organizes the poems by occasions and other themes. Presenting poems from acclaimed poets—including Langston Hughes, Louise Glück, and William Carlos Williams, among others—and emerging poets alike, this 400-page book is curated to encourage the daily practice of reading poetry. As Edward Hirsch writes in his introduction to the book, “Poetry is a means of transport, taking us back in time, carrying us forward, lifting us up… Read one poem per day over the course of a year and you will find yourself befriended by poetry.”