Press Center

Media Contact: Jennifer Benka
Executive Director
[email protected], (212) 274-0343

Jan 15 2019

New York, NY (January 15, 2019)—In what is believed to be one of the largest awards made to support poetry in the United States by a philanthropic institution, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has made two grants to the Academy of American Poets totaling $2.2 million. The funds will enable the work of several poets serving in civic Poets Laureate positions, and of more than 20 poetry organizations who comprise a national Poetry Coalition.

Jan 07 2019
New York, NY (January 7, 2019)—The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce that Joy Harjo and Natasha Trethewey have been named its newest Chancellors, an honorary position that has been held by some of the most distinguished poets in the United States, including W. H.
Jan 04 2019

New York, NY (January 9, 2019)—The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce that tenth grader Julia Wang from Lynbrook High School in San Jose, California, has been named the winner of the first-ever National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students.

Dec 19 2018

New York, NY (December 19, 2018)—The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce that the most popular poem in 2018 by a contemporary poet on Poets.org was “Kindness” by Naomi Shihab Nye. More than 250,000 individuals read or viewed the poem online in the past twelve months.

The poem reads in part:

Pages