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Aug 16 2018

New York, NY (August 16, 2018)—Academy of American Poets Chancellor Alicia Ostriker has been named the 11th New York State Poet in history by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

Aug 08 2018

New York, NY (August 30, 2018)—The Academy of American Poets, the originator and organizer of National Poetry Month, invites students in the United States who are in grades 9 through 12 to enter artwork to be considered for the official April 2019 National Poetry Month poster. One student's winning artwork will be printed on the poster, which will be sent to 100,000 libraries, schools, bookstores, and community centers nationwide and made available by download on

Jul 30 2018

New York, NY (July 30, 2018)—The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce that Li-Young Lee will judge the 2019 Walt Whitman Award, the nation’s most valuable first-book prize for poetry. The winner of the Whitman Award will receive $5,000, and the winning manuscript will be published by Graywolf Press in 2020.

Jun 30 2018
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The Academy of American Poets, the nation’s largest member-supported poetry organization, is pleased to announce a grant from the Amazon Literary Partnership to support Poem-a-Day. Launched in 2006, Poem-a-Day is the only digital series presenting previously unpublished poems by today’s talented poets.

Each morning, Poem-a-Day reaches over 400,000 readers through various distribution channels, introducing poets to an audience many times larger than most other poetry journals. Poem-a-Day is also available for free to news organizations, further broadening its reach.