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 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.
Jan 14 2016
Seamus Heaney Postcard

From the Archive: Seamus Heaney's Postcard

In this postcard from our archive, Seamus Heaney humorously rejects a request to be a judge for one of the Academy’s poetry competitions. With his tongue placed firmly in his check, Heaney bemoans the difficult task of judging poetry competitions with no lack of poetic exaggeration.
Jan 07 2016
Mark Strand Letter

From the Archive: Mark Strand's Letter

In this letter from our archive, Mark Strand accepts an invitation to serve as the Walt Whitman Award judge and edit a Carlos Drummond de Andrade poem in the Poetry Pilot, a pamphlet the Academy of American Poets used to send members with poems, news, and updates about the Academy.
Jan 06 2016
Punch clock

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.

Dec 31 2015
Ai's Letter

From the Archive: Ai's Lamont Prize Letter

In this letter from our archive, Ai sends her materials to the Academy of American Poets after hearing that she has been selected as the winner of the Lamont Prize. She received the prize for Killing Floor (Houghton Mifflin, 1979), joining the company of Larry Levis and Gerald Stern and several other previous recipients of the prestigious honor.
Dec 30 2015
Clock at midnight

New Beginnings for the New Year

Page one of a book, a blank notebook page, the blinking cursor on your computer screen: readers and writers are constantly facing beginnings. In poetry, every word, every syllable, every sound is a beginning—an invitation into beauty, joy, sorrow, anger, and a greater depth of understanding.

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