stanza

“The word stanza means ‘room’ in Italian...and each stanza is like a room in a house, a lyric dwelling place,” writes Edward Hirsch in A Poet’s Glossary. Stanza is now fully furnished with updates throughout the week about our Chancellors and programs, plus new essays, video and audio, lesson plans, and other poetry resources. Click each title below to read more.

Feb 05 2016
Langston Hughes

Black History Month Spotlight: Harlem Renaissance

For Black History Month, every Friday in Stanza we’ll highlight a different movement that was essential to African American poetry—and the literary landscape of America overall. This week we take a look at the Harlem Renaissance, whose legacy can still be felt today.
Feb 04 2016
James Tate's 1971 Letter

From the Archive: James Tate's Letter, 1971

In this letter from our archive, James Tate corresponds with Academy of American Poets Founder Marie Bullock regarding an issue of the Poetry Pilot, the precursor to American Poets. Here Tate includes his poetry selections for the magazine and his biography.
Feb 03 2016
Jobs for Poets

Jobs for Poets

Every Wednesday we share literary jobs posted by our fellow organizations, universities, and schools. Take a look at the opportunities available for poets in the workforce now.
Feb 01 2016
Lucille Clifton

Celebrating Black History Month

Today marks the start of Black History Month, a time for a celebration of and reflection on the achievements of African Americans.
Jan 28 2016
Randall Jarrell's Postcard, 1961

From the Archive: Randall Jarrell's Postcard

In this 1961 postcard from our archive, Randall Jarrell corresponds with Academy of American Poets Founder Marie Bullock about the importance of getting new readers interested in poetry.
Jan 27 2016
Jobs for Poets

Jobs for Poets

Every Wednesday we share literary jobs posted by our fellow organizations, universities, and schools. Take a look at the opportunities available for poets in the workforce now.
Jan 22 2016
Philip Levine Postcard

Celebrating National Handwriting Day

In celebration of National Handwriting Day today, we present a collection of postcards featuring handwritten advice from poets, as well as archival images of handwritten letters and manuscripts.
Jan 21 2016
Robert Hayden's Fellow Election Letter, 1975

From the Archive: Robert Hayden's Letter

In this letter from our archive, Robert Hayden responds to the news that he has been named the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Fellowship.
Jan 20 2016
Jobs for Poets

Jobs for Poets

Every Wednesday we share literary jobs posted by our fellow organizations, universities, and schools. Take a look at the opportunities available for poets in the workforce now.
Jan 15 2016
Martin Luther King Jr.

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

This Monday, January 18, we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday meant to honor the life of the powerful activist and incite Americans of all ages, races, and backgrounds to join together in service of their communities.

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