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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recent announcements

Jun 08 2018

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May 31 2018

Two students have been named the winners of the Golden Shovel Anthology International Poetry Competition. More than 150 poems were submitted. The Golden Shovel Anthology (University of Arkansas Press, 2017) is a collection of poems inspired by a new poetic form invented by Academy Chancellor Terrance Hayes. 

programs

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Poem-a-Day is the original and only daily digital poetry series featuring over 200 new, previously unpublished poems by today's talented poets each year.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

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 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...