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

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.
Jan 26 2016
The Academy of American Poets—which founded and continues to organize National Poetry Month each year—is pleased to announce the following activities and initiatives for this coming April’s 20th anniversary celebration of poets and poetry. Follow the thousands of National Poetry Month Celebrations taking place using #npm16. Schools, libraries, publishers, booksellers, reading coordinators, and poets are also invited to tweet their events to the Academy of American Poets at @POETSorg.
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.

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