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

May 13 2016
New York, NY (May 10, 2016)—The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce that it has received an $85,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which is celebrating its 50th anniversary year. The NEA is the only funder in the country that supports the arts in all 50 states and five U.S. jurisdictions. It will award $82,357,050 in grants to fund 1,148 projects in 13 artistic disciplines or fields plus arts research, along with partnership agreements to U.S. states, jurisdictions, and regions.
Mar 29 2016
As a special collaboration for this year's National Poetry Month in April, the leading membership-based poetry organizations that sponsor the month in the United States and Canada—the Academy of American Poets and the League of Canadian Poets—have created a guide for families, schools, and businesses to inspire and assist with local Poem in Your Pocket Day celebrations. The guide features poems by contemporary U.S. and Canadian poets.
Mar 23 2016

New York, NY (March 23, 2016)—The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce that Carolyn Forché has selected Mai Der Vang as the recipient of the 2016 Walt Whitman Award, the nation’s most valuable first-book prize for a poet.

Feb 11 2016
The Academy of American Poets and EDSITEment, the educational website of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), have partnered on a new initiative to bring poetry resources to educators. “Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community,” is a new set of nine lesson plans organized around the theme of fostering community and understanding through poetry. The lesson plans will be created by Dr. Madeleine Fuchs Holzer, the Educator-in-Residence at the Academy.

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