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 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

Apr 15 2015
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Read This Poem: Week Three

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 13 2015
Victoria Redel

Victoria Redel on Her Poetic Beginnings

In this video, recorded at Poets Forum 2014 as part of our panel discussions on contemporary poetry, Victoria Redel discusses how and when her poems begin and what sparks the inspiration needed to write. "I really try to allow myself in the walking around in the world to see things and mumble sentences to myself,” Redel says. "I try to mumble sentences and then mess around with those sentences—just play with syntax, just try to see if something will spark up.”
 

Apr 08 2015
Read This Poem

Read This Poem: Week Two

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 06 2015
The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop

Quraysh Ali Lansana on The Breakbeat Poets

In this video, Quraysh Ali Lansana stops by the Academy of American Poets to discuss his latest editorial project, The Breaktbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, co-edited by Kevin Coval and Nate Marshall.

Apr 02 2015
Frank Stanford. Photo credit: Ginny Crouch Stanford

C. D. Wright on New Frank Stanford

Academy Chancellor C. D. Wright has written a new essay that reflects on the life and writing of the poet Frank Stanford in the Spring-Summer 2015 issue of American Poets magazine.

Apr 01 2015
National Poetry Month 2015 Poster

Happy National Poetry Month!

Today kicks off the largest literary celebration in the world, with everyone from schools and libraries to publishers and booksellers recognizing the vital role of poetry in our culture. Whether you’re a new writer, established writer, reader, teacher, or newcomer to the art form, we have a number of ways for you to join in the celebration this month.

Mar 31 2015
Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith Reads "The Universe as Primal Scream"

If this is it—if this is what
Their cries are cocked toward—let the sky
Pass from blue, to red, to molten gold,
To black. Let the Heaven we inherit approach.

Mar 27 2015

Dear Poet: C. D. Wright Reads “Like Hearing Your Name Called in a Language You Don’t Understand”


"Since the day the bell was cast

I have sat in the bishop’s carved chair and waited my turn

with my feet crossed at the ankles, and the leather of my huaraches

cutting into the hide of my foot."

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