“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.

Nov 17 2014
Richard Blanco

Richard Blanco on the American Story

Richard Blanco, the 2013 inaugural poet of the United States, delivered this year's Blaney Lecture at the the eighth annual Poets Forum. Blanco spoke about education, the necessity of bringing poetry to a wider audience, and described the entire inaugural process—from having to write three poems in three week to the pressures of writing a poem that speaks for the nation.
Nov 14 2014
The official NaNoWriMo logo

Explore New Forms with NaNoWriMo

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.

Nov 12 2014
American Poets, Fall-Winter 2014, Volume 47

New Poems from American Poets

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 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:

Nov 10 2014

Celebrate Veterans Day with Poems of Honor, Remembrance

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.


Nov 07 2014
Poets Forum presenters Kevin Varrone, Lee Ann Brown, and Rachel Eliza Griffiths

New Videos: Poets Forum 2013

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.

Stay tuned: Subscribe to our YouTube channel and get notified each time we publish new video content!

Today's new videos include:

Nov 05 2014
Anne Waldman

In Celebration of Naropa's 40th Anniversary

This year, the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University celebrates its fortieth anniversary.

Oct 31 2014
Edgar Allan Poe

When Colors All to Black Are Cast

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

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Oct 29 2014
Galway Kinnell

Galway Kinnell, 1927-2014

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

Oct 23 2014

John Berryman's Centennial

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.

Oct 22 2014
National Archives Building

Celebrate American Archives Month with We the Poets

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.