“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.

Mar 19 2015
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Celebrating Poetry Worldwide on March 21

While National Poetry Month is just around the corner, we cannot forget that poetry is an international affair, both personal and universal. With that in mind, don’t forget to celebrate World Poetry Day this Saturday.
Mar 18 2015

Dear Poet: Jane Hirshfield reads “The Weighing”

Today’s Dear Poet video features Academy of American Poets Chancellor Jane Hirshfield, author of two new books this week: The Beauty: Poems (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015) and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015), a collection of essays.
Mar 16 2015
Brenda Shaughnessy, Poets Forum, New York City, 2012

Brenda Shaughnessy on the Anxiety of Audience

"I did a reading years ago," Brenda Shaughnessy says, "and afterwards this elderly woman came up to me and said, 'It’s time for you to grow out of your little girl voice and into your woman’s voice.’ It blew me away." In this video, recorded at the 2012 Poets Forum, Shaughnessy talks about shedding the anxiety writers feel when imagining, and reading for, an audience. 
Mar 13 2015

Dear Poet: Edward Hirsch reads “Cotton Candy”

"We walked on the bridge over the Chicago Riverfor what turned out to be the last time,and I ate cotton candy, that sugary air,that sweet blue light spun out of nothingness."