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.
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.
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: