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Media Contact: Jennifer Benka
Executive Director, (212) 274-0343

Nov 05 2015
In the past five years, the interest in poetry and its audience has grown. In response, on November 5 to 7, for the first time, leaders from sixteen nonprofit organizations dedicated to promoting and presenting poets and poetry will meet at the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to discuss their mutual efforts, as well as how they might make poetry even more visible and find new supporters for the art form.
Oct 27 2015
Join Academy of American Poets Education Ambassador and inaugural poet Richard Blanco and illustrator Dav Pilkey as they celebrate the release of their collaboration One Today at a special celebration to be held on Monday, November 2, 2015, at PS 321, 180 7th Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn. This free reading, conversation, and book signing, cosponsored by 826NYC, will appeal to children and adults alike. Attendees will have a chance to win prizes including gift cards to Powerhouse bookstore, limited edition art prints, and broadsides of Blanco’s inspirational inaugural poem.
Sep 10 2015
The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 American Poets Prizes, which are among the most valuable poetry prizes in the United States. This year the organization has awarded over $200,000 to poets at various stages of their careers.
Aug 24 2015
This fall, The New York Public Library and the Academy of American Poets will present a free series of four conversations exploring how different art forms engage with poetry. These conversations will pair some of today’s most intriguing poets with accomplished artists, dancers, chefs, and actors. The monthly series includes events with Claudia Rankine and artist Carrie Mae Weems, with a special introduction by Elizabeth Alexander (September 9); Mark Doty and choreographer Bill T. Jones (October 19); Kevin Young and chef Gabrielle Hamilton (November 19); and Sharon Olds and actress Cynthia Nixon (December 11). Events are free and open to the public, but online advance registration is required.