The Academy of American Poets has served K-12 teachers for more than fifty years by providing free resources that assist them in incorporating poetry into their curriculum and classrooms. From creating the first Poets in the Schools program in the 1960s to organizing teacher meet-ups since the 1990s, we have always considered the role of teachers in inspiring the next generation of readers and poets to be essential. Today, we are the only poetry organization led by an Educator in Residence, Dr.
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.
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.