Poets Emergency Fund

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The Academy of American Poets established a Poets Emergency Fund in 1985. The modest fund exists to help provide relief to an American poet of demonstrated ability who is experiencing a temporary and urgent financial crisis. Applications to the fund are not accepted. Over the years, the fund has provided tens of thousands of dollars to assist poets in immediate need, who are recommended by members of the Academy's Board of Chancellors and winners of the Academy's American Poets Prizes.