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.

Apr 27 2015
Idra Novey

Idra Novey on Her Poetic Beginnings

In this video, recorded at Poets Forum 2014 as part of our panel discussions on contemporary poetry, Idra Novey discusses how and when her poems begin and what sparks the inspiration needed to write. "In order to create something new there has to be a surrender of something old," Novey says. "Otherwise, you can’t reinvent, you can’t do something new that you haven’t done before."
Apr 23 2015
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Read This Poem: Week Four

In honor of National Poetry Month, the Academy of American Poets has teamed up with 826 National to highlight and celebrate the work of poets in cities with 826 chapters: Ann Arbor/Detroit, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Each chapter selected a poetry ambassador, who selected a poem written by a local poet and wrote a short essay about it. That poet picked another, and the chain goes on. Every Wednesday in April, we will reveal the next round of selected poems.
Apr 20 2015
Rigoberto González

Rigoberto González on His Poetic Beginnings

In this video, recorded at Poets Forum 2014 as part of our panel discussions on contemporary poetry, Rigoberto González discusses how and when his poems begin and what sparks the inspiration needed to write. “My first book of poetry was given to me by my tutor, and it was a book of New England and British verse," González says.
Apr 17 2015
Elizabeth Alexander. Photo credit: CJ Gunther

Jennifer Benka and Elizabeth Alexander Celebrate National Poetry Month at the White House

Our Executive Director Jennifer Benka joins the President and First Lady this afternoon at the White House for a celebration of National Poetry Month, featuring Chancellor Elizabeth Alexander whose new memoir The Light of the World is forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing next week. Alexander composed and recited "Praise Song for the Day" for the 2009 inauguration of Pres

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