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Media Contact: Jennifer Benka
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Jan 18 2016
Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people throughout the United States celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day as schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and other venues ring loud with open readings of poems from pockets. Poem in Your Pocket Day was originally initiated in 2002 by the Office of the Mayor, in partnership with the New York City Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education, as part of the city’s National Poetry Month celebration. In 2008, the Academy of American Poets took the initiative national, encouraging individuals around the country to join in and channel their inner bard.
Jan 13 2016

The Academy of American Poets is deeply saddened by the news that C. D. Wright has passed away at the age of sixty-seven.

Wright was elected a member of the Academy's Board of Chancellors in 2013. This honorary body of esteemed poets has included W. H. Auden, Elizabeth Bishop, Lucille Clifton, Adrienne Rich, Mark Strand, and other poets who have helped define the art of poetry in the United States.

Jan 12 2016

New York, NY (January 12, 2016)—The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce that Brenda Hillman has been named its newest Chancellor, an honorary position that has been held by some of the most distinguished poets in the United States, including W. H.

Dec 08 2015
The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce the publication of POEM-A-DAY: 365 Poems for Every Occasion, to be released by Abrams Books. Inspired by the digital series Poem-a-Day, this new book is organized chronologically, in keeping with the themes of the seasons. It also features an index that organizes the poems by occasions and other themes. Presenting poems from acclaimed poets—including Langston Hughes, Louise Glück, and William Carlos Williams, among others—and emerging poets alike, this 400-page book is curated to encourage the daily practice of reading poetry. As Edward Hirsch writes in his introduction to the book, “Poetry is a means of transport, taking us back in time, carrying us forward, lifting us up… Read one poem per day over the course of a year and you will find yourself befriended by poetry.”

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