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.

Jan 19 2017
Chancellor and 2009 inaugural poet Elizabeth Alexander and President Barack Obama

A Farewell to President Obama and a Presidency of Poetry

In honor of President Barack Obama’s last day in office today, and with appreciation for his bringing poetry and a love of literature into the White House, we present poetry highlights from his eight years as president:
Jan 19 2017

Inaugural Poems in History

Only three presidents—John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama—have had poets read at their inaugurations. These three presidents were known for their appreciation of reading and literature.
Jan 18 2017

Jobs for Poets: January 18, 2017

Every Wednesday we share literary and arts jobs posted by our fellow organizations, universities, and schools. Take a look at the opportunities available for poets in the workforce now.
Jan 13 2017
Audio Poem Playlist

Weekend Audio Poem Playlist: Week of January 9, 2017

Start off your weekend by listening to this new playlist of poets Julie Carr, Wayne Koestenbaum, Eugenia Leigh, Katie Peterson, and Jared Stanley, recently featured in Poem-a-Day, reading new poems.
Jan 11 2017
Jobs for Poets

Jobs for Poets: January 11, 2017

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


The Aspen Institute’s Arts Program, based in New York City, seeks a Managing Director to oversee and manage communications, finances, development, and events.
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Jan 06 2017
Weekend Audio Poem Playlist

Weekend Audio Poem Playlist: Week of January 2, 2017

Start off your weekend by listening to this new playlist of poets Laura Kasischke, Alicia Ostriker, Emilia Phillips, and Jennifer K. Sweeney, recently featured in Poem-a-Day, reading new poems.
Jan 04 2017

Jobs for Poets: January 4, 2017

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

Jan 01 2017
Fireworks

Beginning Again with Poetry

“So much of any year is flammable,” writes Naomi Shihab Nye in her poem “Burning the Old Year”—and whether the old year ignited or crackled or sputtered in ways good or bad for you, New Year’s marks a time of transition and transformation, a time for considering how we may choose to carry ourselves into the future.
Dec 30 2016
In Memoriam

In Memoriam

American poetry lost some major voices in 2016. Please join us in remembering these poets through their words.

"the wind scatters to the four
directions, the petals
inscribed with your names." 
Francisco X. Alarcón

"I was committed to a poetry of thinking—not of thought but of thinking."
David Antin

“You have to struggle to stay alive and be of use as long as you can.” 
Daniel Berrigan

Dec 30 2016
Audio Poem Playlist

Weekend Audio Poem Playlist: Week of December 26, 2016

Start off your weekend by listening to this new playlist of poets Kimiko Hahn, Spencer Reece, Mai Der Vang, and John Yau, recently featured in Poem-a-Day, reading new poems.

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