Academy of American Poets

Academy of American Poets Chancellors

The Academy of American Poets was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry.


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Apr 01 2018

Although the team at the Academy of American Poets works tirelessly to champion poets and poetry every day of the year, it is in April—National Poetry Month—when we’re especially excited to share educational activities, book recommendations, and poems with students and other readers who are engaging with poetry for the first time. We know this introduction can lead individuals to becoming lifelong readers of poems. 

Feb 20 2018

Join us at the 2018 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference & Bookfair, from Thursday, March 8, through Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida.


We are pleased to present the award-winning and esteemed poets who serve as Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets at the Dodge Poetry Festival on October 18 - 21, 2018. The weekend will include a group reading and conversations.  read more
Poem-a-Day is the original and only daily digital poetry series featuring over 200 new, previously unpublished poems by today's talented poets each year. On weekdays, poems are accompanied by exclusive commentary by the poets, and several featured...
Jenny Xie, 2017 Walt Whitman Award Winner
Since 1934, the Academy of American Poets has awarded more money to poets than any other organization. learn more


The Academy of American Poets Fellowship is a $25,000 prize awarded to one poet each year to recognize distinguished poetic achievement. Established in 1946 and given in memory of James Ingram Merrill and with generous support from the T. S. Eliot...
The Wallace Stevens Award is given annually to recognize outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry. Established in 1994, the award carries a $100,000 stipend. Recipients are chosen by the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors.
Established in 1975, the Walt Whitman Award is a $5,000 first-book publication prize. The winner receives publication by Graywolf Press, an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in the Umbrian region of Italy, and...