The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce two changes to its distinguished Walt Whitman Award, making it the most valuable first-book award for poetry in the United States. In addition to a $5,000 cash prize, the winner of the 2015 award will now receive publication of his or her manuscript by Graywolf Press, an award-winning independent publisher, and an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy. These new partnerships are part of the Academy’s ongoing efforts to support poets at all stages of their careers.
New York, NY (July 17, 2014) Each fall, poets and poetry lovers unite in New York City for a three-day celebration of poetry called Poets Forum. Organized by the Academy of American Poets, the eighty-year-old nonprofit that produces Poets.org and National Poetry Month, Poets Forum explores the ever-changing landscape of contemporary poetry in the United States through in-depth discussions with some of the most distinguished poets of our day, poetry readings, lectures, receptions, and more.
New York, NY (May 28, 2014)—This summer the Academy of American Poets will continue its tradition of offering summer poetry readings with a diverse lineup of award-winning and emerging poets sharing their work at historic New York City venues—from Governors Island’s Colonel’s Row to The New York Public Library’s iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.
New York, NY (May 2, 2014)—Marie Howe, State Poet of the State of New York and Corinne Evens, a philanthropist, in coordination with the Academy of American Poets, the New York State Writers Institute, and the New York State Office of Cultural Education, are pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Poetry Unites contest for the best short essay about a favorite poem. The winners of the contest, which was open to all New York State residents, are in alphabetical order: