November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a thirty-day commitment to work toward the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. For current and aspiring novelists, NaNoWriMo provides an encouraging and structured approach to writing a novel.
“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 fully furnished with updates throughout the week about new jobs for poets, our Chancellors and programs, plus new essays, video and audio, lesson plans, and other poetry resources. Click each title below to read more.
The fall-winter issue of the Academy's magazine American Poets is out and we've added a selection of new poems from the issue to Poets.org. They're all from recently published books by some of today's most exciting contemporary poets. Take a look at the sampling below and also enjoy a new video of former Academy Chancellor Galway Kinnell reading his popular poem, “Wait.”
Five Poems from New Fall Books:
Every November 11, Americans celebrate those who have served in the armed forces and dedicated themselves to fighting for the greater good of the country.
For this Veterans Day, we’ve compiled poems that recall the strength, courage, and patriotism of those who have served. Don’t forget to thank the veterans in your life, and share these poems on this day of national celebration.
Today we've released several new videos from last year's Poets Forum, including readings and discussion topics ranging from the Poetic Impulse and Ecopoetics to Reading and Writing Long Poems. In the coming weeks and months we'll also release new videos and audio content from Poets Forum 2014.
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Today's new videos include:
This year, the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University celebrates its fortieth anniversary.
Today we've curated a selection of spooky essays and poems to get you in the mood for Halloween. Including this classic poem by Edgar Allan Poe:
“Be silent in that solitude,
Which is not loneliness—for then
The spirits of the dead, who stood
In life before thee, are again
In death around thee, and their will
Shall overshadow thee; be still.”
From “Spirits of the Dead” by Edgar Allan Poe
We were saddened to learn today that Galway Kinnell passed away on October 28, 2014. Kinnell served on our Board of Chancellors from 2001 to 2007 and in 2010 received the Wallace Stevens Award, given to recognize outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry. His many poetry collections included The Book of Nightmares (1971), a book-length poem concerned with the Vietnam War; A New Selected Poems (2000), a finalist for the National Book Award; Selected Poems (1980), for which he received both the Pulitzer Prize an
This October 25th marks 100 years since the birth of the iconic poet John Berryman. To honor his centennial, here is a new essay on Berryman's legacy, "Henry at One Hundred" by David Wojahn. Also this month, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, who first published The Dream Songs, is publishing a new Berryman selected titled, The Heart Is Strange.
The Academy of American Poets and the National Archives have teamed up to celebrate American Archives Month with We the Poets, a project in which poets wrote poems inspired by holdings, such as photographs and historical documents, in the National Archives.
Our eighth annual Poets Forum, held on October 16 to 18 in New York City, was an amazing success.