Sep 08 2016

Dodge Poetry Festival’s Ask a Poet: Juan Felipe Herrera

This October 20 to 23, we will present our annual Poets Forum in partnership with the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, featuring a reading by the Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets and a series of conversations among the distinguished poets.

Sep 07 2016

Poems by the 2016 University & College Poetry Prize Winners

We’re pleased to publish poems by the 2016 University & College Poetry Prize winners. Established in 1955, the University and College Poetry Prize program began with ten schools. Today, the Academy of American Poets sponsors over two hundred annual poetry prizes at colleges and universities across the U.S.

Aug 31 2016
I sing the body electric graphic Celebrates Contemporary Poets and their Bodies of Work

Since the Academy of American Poets’ earliest days, it has been core to our mission to celebrate contemporary poets, as well as the poets long passed who have shaped American poetry.  We were the first organization to offer a major prize to a poet for his or her body of work, not a particular book or poem. And now, each year, we offer more than $200,000 to poets through our American Poets Prizes.

Aug 24 2016
I, Too, Sing America graphic Keeps Poetry in our Contemporary Lives

Over the past two years, we have seen how poems have become particularly relevant to current events, public debate, and social change movements. It is more true than ever that when we face moments of crisis, thousands of people swarm seeking poems that offer language to help translate challenging circumstances, provide unique insight, inspire empathy, give comfort, express frustration, and spark hope.