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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.
Aug 21 2015
The Academy of American Poets, the nation’s largest member-supported charitable organization championing poets and poetry, has named Richard Blanco its first Education Ambassador. An honorary position, the Education Ambassador recognizes an esteemed poet’s dedication to poetry being taught in the schools and to inspiring teachers. In this role Mr. Blanco will work with the Academy of American Poets to champion the organization and its programs and resources to the educational community. He will also participate in meetings with teachers and education leaders, contribute to, and advise on ways to further develop the organization’s education initiatives.
Aug 17 2015
Inspired by the success of its popular syndicated series Poem-a-Day, the Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce the launch of Teach This Poem. Produced for K-12 educators and beginning September 2, Teach This Poem will feature one poem per week from the collection accompanied by suggested classroom activities and interdisciplinary resources. The series is curated by the Academy of American Poets Educator in Residence, Dr. Madeleine Fuchs Holzer.