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.

recent announcements

Jul 10 2017
Academy Chancellors Brenda Hillman, Jane Hirshfield, David St. John, and Arthur Sze, and former Academy Chancellor Robert Hass, are part of an official contingent of American writers traveling to Cuba for the first time in over six decades.
Jun 29 2017
We're honored to announce that Poets.org has been named a 2017 Best Website for Teaching & Learning by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association.

programs

Poets Forum
We are pleased to present a special weekend in New York City October 4 - 7, 2017 featuring the award-winning and esteemed poets who serve as Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets. The weekend will include a group reading, Master Classes, and...
Poem-a-Day
Poem-a-Day is the original and only daily digital poetry series featuring over 200 new, previously unpublished poems by today's talented poets each year.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. learn more

prizes

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...