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Signal your belief that poetry matters and become a champion of poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives—join the Academy of American Poets today!

Members ensure that our programs are free and reach tens of millions of poets, educators, and readers each year, are only possible because of the annual support and participation of our members. These include, Poem-a-Day, National Poetry Month, National Poem in Your Pocket Day, readings and live events, Teach This Poem for K-12 teachers, and more. Members also fund the annual Walt Whitman Award, which launches a poet’s first book.

All members receive our biannual magazine American Poets, which features poems, book reviews, and interviews with poets. And, all members receive a 10% discount in our Poets Shop, as well as other benefits listed below. Benefits vary by membership level and are mailed throughout the year.

Join the Academy of American Poets today and become part of what award-winning poet Carolyn Forché called “the most important organization in our country helping to keep poetry alive and in our culture.”

New: to go paperless and enroll in membership auto-renewal, click here. To submit a membership payment by mail, you may use this downloadable form.

membership benefits