Press Center

Media Contact: Jennifer Benka
Executive Director
jenbenka@poets.org, (212) 274-0343

Jun 14 2017

[New York, NY]—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $75,000 to the Academy of American Poets to support free programs that foster a national interest in poetry and showcase American poets.

Apr 01 2017

New York, NY (April 1, 2017)—The Academy of American Poets—which founded and continues to organize National Poetry Month—is pleased to share five ways to celebrate National Poetry Month in your community.

Encourage students and teachers to participate in the Dear Poet project

Mar 29 2017
We are pleased to announce that Jenny Xie is the recipient of the 2017 Walt Whitman Award for her manuscript, Eye Level. In his citation, judge Juan Felipe Herrera writes that Xie’s work is a “timely collection of beauty, clarity and expansive humanity.” Eye Level will be published by Graywolf Press in April 2018 and distributed to members of the Academy of American Poets. Xie will also receive $5,000 and a six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy.
Mar 22 2017
Actresses Meryl Streep, Meg Ryan, and Uzo Aduba; Grammy-winning jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant; best-selling author Sebastian Junger; food and travel writer Madhur Jaffrey; singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer; National Student Poet Joey Reisberg; and acclaimed poet/memoirist Elizabeth Alexander, among others, will read their favorite poems in celebration of National Poetry Month on April 19, 2017, at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

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