In March 2017, the Poetry Coalition will launch its inaugural effort, Because We Come from Everything: Poetry & Migration. For this collaborative effort, each organization in the Poetry Coalition will bring its unique mission to the task of presenting programs and projects on the theme of migration.
The following organizations are part of a national poetry coalition working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.
The Academy of American Poets, the nation's largest membership-based literary organization, was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. Home to poets.org, one of the most visited websites for poetry, the Academy is also responsible for Poem-a-Day, National Poetry Month, and an array of programs and educational resources.
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers presents the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. The National Student Poets Program is a signature initiative which reflects the national imprimatur of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in advancing arts education, links the National Student Poets with audiences and resources through the Institute of Museum and Library Services' network of libraries and museums, and builds upon the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers' longstanding work with educators and creative teens through the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the largest scholarship and recognition program for creative youth. The program works in coordination with the Library of Congress and the U.S. Department of Education.
Established in 1991, AAWW is a national not-for-profit arts organization devoted to the creating, publishing, developing and disseminating of creative writing by Asian Americans. AAWW is building the Asian literary culture of tomorrow through our curatorial platform, which includes our New York events series and our online editorial initiatives.
CantoMundo supports the creation, circulation, and critical analysis of Latina/o poetry. CantoMundo cultivates a community of Latina/o poets through an annual writing retreat, regional workshops, public readings, and the CantoMundo Poetry Prize, an annual book contest that publishes and promotes a poetry volume by a Latina/o writer.
Cave Canem is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. Programs include an annual writing retreat, three book prizes, poetry workshops, readings, and lectures.
The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program produces the biennial Dodge Poetry Festival, which features several dozen of our most widely recognized poets alongside newer voices, and is recognized as the largest poetry event in North America. The Festival and the Poetry Program's year-round activities focus on creating opportunities for the general public, teachers and high school students to experience direct encounters with living poets and their work.
Kundiman is dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American literature. Kundiman offers a comprehensive spectrum of arts programming that gives writers opportunities to inscribe their own stories, transforming and enriching the American literary landscape. Kundiman sees literature not only as vehicle for cultural expression but also as an instrument for political dialogue and self-empowerment.
Lambda Literary believes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer literature is fundamental to the preservation of our culture, and that LGBTQ lives are affirmed when our stories are written, published, and read.
Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, enhances the visibility, appreciation, and study of Latino literature both on and off the Notre Dame campus. The initiative emphasizes programs that support newer voices, including two national poetry book prizes, projects that spur collaboration across disciplines, Letras Latinas Blog, and a copublishing venture with Noemi Press to support innovative Latino poets and writers.
Mass Poetry supports poets and poetry in Massachusetts and helps to broaden the audience of poetry readers, bringing poetry to readers of all ages and transforming people’s lives through inspiring verse. The organization is responsible for several programs, including the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Student Day of Poetry, and the placement of poems on Boston's public transportation.
O, Miami is an annual festival with the goal of every single person in Miami-Dade County encountering a poem during the month of April. Throughout the year, O, Miami increases access to literature and explores how and why literature impacts the lives of people in Miami.
Founded in 1954 on the basis of a small donation by W. H. Auden, the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University is one of the most long-lived and nationally renowned literary arts institutions in the United States. With its companion project, the American Poetry Archives, the center has amassed nearly 5,000 hours of original recordings of poets and writers reading from their work.
Established in 2003 upon receipt of a gift from the philanthropist Ruth Lilly, the Poetry Foundation, which evolved from the Modern Poetry Association, is focused on expanding and enhancing the presence of poetry in America. The Poetry Foundation's programs include Poetry magazine, a series of live readings and events, and an award-winning website.
Through its live programming, workshops, publications, website, and special events, The Poetry Project promotes, fosters, and inspires the reading and writing of contemporary poetry by presenting contemporary poetry to diverse audiences; increasing public recognition, awareness, and appreciation of poetry and other arts; providing a community setting in which poets and artists can exchange ideas and information; and encouraging the participation and development of new poets from a broad range of styles.
The Poetry Society of America, the nation's oldest poetry organization, was founded in 1910. Its mission is to build a larger and more diverse audience for poetry, to encourage a deeper appreciation of the vitality and breadth of poetry in the cultural conversation, to support poets through an array of programs and awards, and to place poetry at the crossroads of American life.
Located in New York City, Poets House is a home for all who read and write poetry. Its programs, meant to invite the public into the widest tradition of the art, include readings, poetry-related installations, events for families and children, and the annual Poets House Showcase.
Founded in 2008, Split This Rock cultivates, teaches, and celebrates poetry that bears witness to injustice and provokes social change. It calls poets to a greater role in public life and fosters a national network of socially engaged poets. Based in the nation's capital, Split This Rock celebrates poetic diversity and the transformative power of the imagination, while building the audience for poetry of provocation and witness.
The University of Arizona Poetry Center is a living archive, founded in 1960 to maintain and cherish the spirit of poetry, and advances a diverse and robust literary culture that serves a local-to-global spectrum of writers, readers and new audiences for poetry and the literary arts. The Poetry Center sponsors numerous University and community programs, including readings and lectures, classes and workshops, discussion groups, symposia, writing residencies, poets-in-the-schools, poets-in-the-prisons, contests, exhibitions, and online resources, including standards-based poetry curricula. An area of special emphasis within the College of Humanities, the Poetry Center is open and fully accessible to the public.
Urban Word NYC is at the forefront of the youth literary arts movement in the United States. Founded in 1999, UW presents free literary arts education and youth development programs in the areas of creative writing, spoken word, playwriting, college prep, literature and hip-hop.
The Wick Poetry Center promotes educational and artistic opportunities for emerging and established poets and poetry audiences regionally, nationally, and internationally. Established in 1984 by Robert and Walter Wick in memory of their sons Stan and Tom, WPC awards poetry scholarships, hosts an annual reading series, sponsors the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize and an Ohio chapbook prize (published by KSU Press), and delivers outreach to area schools, hospitals, and detention centers. Wick’s interactive Traveling Stanzas project encourages people of all ages around the world to engage in a global conversation through the intimate and inclusive voice of poetry.