Twenty nonprofit poetry organizations from across the United States have formed a historic coalition dedicated to working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and communities, and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.
As part of “Imagine Your Parks,” a grant initiative from the National Endowment for the Arts and in partnership with national parks, the Academy of American Poets has commissioned 50 poets to write poems about 50 different national parks, one for every state. Each of the 50 poems will be published on Poets.org—one of the top poetry sites in the world, with tens of millions of unique visitors per year—and a selection of those will be featured in the digital series Poem-a-Day, which reaches over 400,000 readers every day.
The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 American Poets Prizes, which are among the most valuable poetry prizes in the United States. This year the organization has awarded over $200,000 to poets at various stages of their careers.
We are happy to announce our fall lineup of events, featuring the Academy of American Poets Conversations in partnership with Housing Works. These conversations will pair some of today’s most intriguing poets with accomplished artists, composers, and performers.
“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with our friends at Housing Works on our conversation series that celebrates today’s poets and other leading artists, demonstrating poetry’s impact and relevancy,” said Academy of American Poets Executive Director Jennifer Benka.