Nov 15 2016

Poems Are Where We Imagine Freedom

Dear Friends,

A country needs its poets, especially now. Their lines are life lines, keeping us connected to one another and to hope—whether it is the thing with feathers or the assertion, “I, too, am America.” In the days following the election, we have seen a surge of people reading poems on

Sep 21 2016
"We real cool" Graphic, the Online Audio Archive

The Academy of American Poets was one of the first organizations in the United States to showcase poets in public readings. Thankfully, since the 1950s we’ve been recording those events, and we’ve been able to make hundreds of audio tracks available on To hear a poet like Gwendolyn Brooks read her own poems is to understand something of the sonic forces driving each line.

Sep 15 2016
"Two roads diverged in a wood..." Graphic, Promoting Poetry Events Across the Country

When the Academy of American Poets launched National Poetry Month in 1996, we made sure was a place where individuals from across the country could find information about how to celebrate poetry in their community—from New Hampshire to California—as well as learn more about local poets, events, workshops, bookstores, and publications. On our Poetry Near You pages, this is still true!

Sep 12 2016

Dodge Poetry Festival’s Ask a Poet: Linda Gregerson

We hope you'll join us this October 20 to 23, as we 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.