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 14 2016
Love Poems for Valentine's Day

Words of Passion, Love & Friendship for Valentine's Day

On Valentine’s Day, people seek the perfect way to express their love and affection: flowers, chocolates, cards, etc. But how can one take the personal, the emotional—the whole of a relationship, with all of its joys and sorrows, in its mundane and extraordinary moments—and express it in a way that is true to the experience? This Valentine’s Day, find the words you need in a poem.
Feb 12 2016
Aimé Césaire

Black History Month Spotlight: Négritude

For Black History Month, every Friday in Stanza we’re highlighting a different movement that was essential to African American poetry—and the literary landscape of America overall. Last week we took a look at the Harlem Renaissance, which promoted an awareness of black life in America and asserted an independent African American identity. Those tenets would come alive yet again in the Negritude movement.
Feb 11 2016
Mona Van Duyn 1986 Letter

A 1986 Letter and Love Poem from Mona Van Duyn

In this letter from our archive, written from Mona Van Duyn to Marie and Hugh Bullock, Van Duyn discusses a recent reading she gave at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. In it, Van Duyn mentions the love poem “Late Loving," which she read at the event.
Feb 10 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 09 2016
O, Miami logo

O, Miami Spotlight: Nite Life

Since 2011, the O, Miami Poetry Festival has collaborated with artists to create projects that aim to reach every single person in Miami-Dade County with a poem during the month of April. To achieve this mission, O, Miami has initiated some of the most innovative and unexpected projects in the United States. 

Beginning this month and leading up to April, we will showcase one film a week featuring some of the projects O, Miami has produced, as a way to inspire us all for what's to come this National Poetry Month.

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.

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