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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Aug 24 2016
I, Too, Sing America graphic

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.

Aug 17 2016
Hello Poetry World

Less than a year after the term "internet" was defined in 1995, the Academy of American Poets became the first poetry organization to launch a website., with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, rolled out with a comprehensive suite of poetry resources for K-12 teachers, essays, poets biographies, and poems. We knew then, as we know now, that poetry is the perfect art form for the digital age. Text-based, compact, and highly shareable, today, poems are reaching more readers than ever before.


Poets Forum
This October 20-23, the Academy of American Poets will join forces with the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival to present our annual Poets Forum weekend of events. This will include a reading by the Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets and a...
Poem-a-Day is the original and only daily digital poetry series featuring over 200 new, previously unpublished poems by today's talented poets each year.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...
Mai Der Vang, 2016 Walt Whitman Award Winner
Since 1934, the Academy of American Poets has awarded more money to poets than any other organization. read 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, the Academy of American Poets Fellowship was...
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...