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Jul 12 2016
The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce that Juan Felipe Herrera will judge the 2017 Walt Whitman Award, the nation’s most valuable first-book prize for poetry.
Jun 20 2016

New York, NY (June 20, 2016) —The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce two new members have joined its Board of Directors: Gerald Richards and Elizabeth Sobol. Both will join the other 15 current Directors of the organization, which has championed poets and poetry for more than three generations.

May 17 2016
This October 20-23, the Academy of American Poets will join forces with the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival to present its annual Poets Forum weekend of events as part of the festival, the nation's largest. This will include a reading by the Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets and a series of conversations between the distinguished poets.
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.