Our eighth annual Poets Forum, held on October 16 to 18 in New York City, was an amazing success.
“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 eleventh video in our P.O.P series features award-winning poet D. Nurkse.
We were saddened to confirm that former Academy Chancellor Carolyn Kizer passed away on October 9, 2014. Kizer was the author of eight books of poetry, including Cool Calm & Collected (Copper Canyon Press, 2000) and Yin (1984), which won the Pulitzer Prize. She served as an Academy Chancellor from 1995 to 1998.
Today Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine’s new poetry collection, Citizen: An American Lyric was published by Graywolf Press. The book is a long-awaited follow up to her collection Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press, 2004). Citizen: An American Lyric is longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award in Poetry, and Rankine was awarded this year's Jackson Poetry Prize, given by Poets & Writers.
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.
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.