“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.

Jul 30 2015
Frank Stanford. Photo credit: Ginny Crouch Stanford

C. D. Wright Remembers Frank Stanford

In her essay, “The Poet Frank Stanford Between Love and Death,” Academy Chancellor C. D. Wright remembers the work and life of Frank Stanford, born today in 1948.

Read poems from What About This: Collected Poems of Frank Stanford (Copper Canyon Press, 2014) here:

“The Visitors of Night”

“The Forgotten Madmen of Ménilmontant”

Jul 29 2015

Jobs for Poets

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


  • The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers seeks a full-time manager of programs to support Alliance projects, activities, and services.
    find out more

Jul 20 2015
Rigoberto Gonzalez

Rigoberto González Reads from Unpeopled Eden

This is how your ruin the terrorist world:
cut out the yellow heart of heaven,
drop the bloodless stars into the sea,
blind the women who sit to wonder on the shore.

Jul 15 2015
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Jul 13 2015
Brian Blanchfield

"In poetry too we all face forward": Brian Blanchfield reads from A Several World

In "Eclogue in Line to View The Clock by Christian Marclay," Brian Blanchfield writes, "The movie tells what time it is. / In poetry too we all face forward." This sense of looking deeply into the landscapes around us runs throughout Blanchfield's second book, A Several World, winner of the 2014 James Laughlin Award.

Jun 30 2015
Turning into Dwelling

"We Are Our Situations": Terrance Hayes on Christopher Gilbert

“Who is this Christopher Gilbert and why am I only just hearing about him?” asks poet Terrance Hayes in his new essay, “We Are Our Situations: The Poetry of Christopher Gilbert.”

Jun 30 2015
Czeslaw Milosz

Robert Hass on Poetics and Czesław Miłosz

In this video, recorded at Poets Forum 2014, Robert Hass, winner of the Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens Award, reads a long poem about poetics and an imaginary conversation with his friend, the late Polish poet Czesław Miłosz, born this day in 1911.

Jun 17 2015
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Jun 15 2015
Arthur Sze

Arthur Sze on Translation

In this video, Arthur Sze , an award-winning poet and celebrated translator of Chinese poetry, discusses the challenges and importance of poetry in translation. "For me, translation is, in a way, the most intimate form of reading—the most concentrated form—and it’s also vital to my process of creation," Sze says.

Jun 12 2015

Yeats Day 2015

Poet, playwright, cultural leader, Nobel Prize winner—William Butler Yeats left behind a legacy that extended beyond his beloved home in Ireland and influenced poets and writers across the globe. This year Ireland is commemorating the poet with Yeats2015, a “local, national and international series of exhibitions, performances, educational events, festivals, concerts, readings, talks, and screenings.”