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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Sep 21 2016
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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
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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!


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Poem-a-Day is the original and only daily digital poetry series featuring over 200 new, previously unpublished poems by today's talented poets each year.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...