This year at Poets Forum, don't miss a rare opportunity to see the Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets come together on one stage to read their poems. The Chancellors Reading—featuring Toi Derricotte, Mark Doty, Marilyn Hacker, Juan Felipe Herrera, Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Khaled Mattawa, Naomi Shihab Nye, Claudia Rankine, Alberto Ríos, Arthur Sze, and C. D.
“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.
There's only one month left to submit your manuscript to our Walt Whitman Award. The winner receives $5,000, publication of his or her manuscript by the award-winning Graywolf Press, an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in the Umbrian region of Italy, and a trip to New York City to attend the American Poets Prizes Ceremony.
Happy National Poetry Day to our friends in the United Kingdom. In celebration of the event, we will tweet popular poems by U.K. poets on @Poetsorg. Join our friends across the pond by tweeting your favorite U.K. poems with the hashtag #thinkofapoem.
Today the National Book Foundation announced its longlist in poetry. The ten contenders for the award include this year’s James Laughlin Award winner A Several World (Nightboat Books) by Brian Blanchfield, as well as Gabriel: A Poem (Alfred A. Knopf) by Edward Hirsch and Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press) by Claudia Rankine, who along with Hirsch currently serves on our Board of Chancellors.
Commercial Type partner Christian Schwartz, who customized a digital version of Electra for our website redesign, discusses the inspiration behind our new exclusive typeface, Poets Electra.
On the old Poets.org, users could save their favorite poems as list of links that we called “notebooks.” With the new Poets.org, we’ve improved this functionality. You can now save poems in their entirety to an anthology that is linked to your user account and can be shared via social media or by embedding it in a blog or web page. Saving a poem to an anthology is simple. From any poem page, click the plus icon included in the set of icons at the top. If you're not logged in, log in, then select the anthology from those you've already saved.
Congratulations to Academy Chancellor Emeritus Charles Wright, who was appointed today as the twentieth United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2014–2015 by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. Wright, 78, succeeds Natasha Trethewey, who served two one-year terms.
After a year’s worth of work, we’re happy to introduce the new Poets.org, the most popular publicly-funded poetry website, with tens of millions of visits each year.
We hope you’ll take a moment to explore the poems, essays, videos, and other content we’ve featured on the homepage, and, make yourself at home.
Please know that over the next few months, we will continue working on the site.
With our redesigned website, we'll be rolling out new features all year, including a weekly poetic term from Academy Chancellor Edward Hirsch's recently published book A Poet's Glossary. An idiosyncratic mix of poetic vocabulary, rich with history and information, Hirsch's book is a guide to the tools that hone the art form.