chancellors

The Academy of American Poets' Board of Chancellors serve several functions. They advocate for the programmatic work of the Academy; act as consultants to the organization on matters of artistic direction and programming; elect the recipients of some of our awards, including the Academy Fellowship; and serve as ambassadors of poetry in the world at large.The Board of Chancellors was formed in 1946 in accordance to the guidelines set forth by the Academy's founder, Mrs. Marie Bullock, who stated:

"These men and women must be chosen from amongst literary persons of the highest standing. They must themselves be known for their good judgment and eminent integrity of opinion. They should geographically represent the entire United States, so that their choices will be representative of the nation as a whole, and not of one trend of thought, or literary clique, or section."

New chancellors are elected by the current Board of Chancellors and serve a term of six years. Between twelve and twenty chancellors may serve at any time. A chancellor may be re-elected, so long as three years pass following the end of that chancellor's previous term. Roughly three chancellors per year rotate off and new chancellors are elected to replace them. This rotation plan was created to establish a gradual replacement of the chancellors serving on the Board in order to maintain as much continuity as possible, while ensuring that the body is regularly renewed with fresh ideas and new energy.

current board

past board

J. Donald
Adams
1946-1964
John
Ashbery
1988-1999
John Ashbery
W. H.
Auden
1954-1973
W. H. Auden
Leonard
Bacon
1947-1954
William Rose
Benét
1946-1950
John
Berryman
1968-1972
John Berryman
Frank
Bidart
2003-2009
Frank Bidart
Elizabeth
Bishop
1966-1979
Elizabeth Bishop
Louise
Bogan
1961-1970
Louise Bogan
Ellen
Bryant Voigt
2003-2009
Ellen Bryant Voigt
Witter
Bynner
1946-1966
Henry Seidel
Canby
1946-1961
Amy
Clampitt
1990-1994
Amy Clampitt
Lucille
Clifton
1999-2005
Lucille Clifton
Padraic
Colum
1950-1951
Mary
Colum
1946-1948
Robert
Creeley
1999-2002
Robert Creeley
Babette
Deutsch
1974-1981
Rita
Dove
2005-2011
Rita Dove
Max
Eastman
1946-1962
Dudley
Fitts
1967-1968
Robert
Fitzgerald
1968-1985
Robert Fitzgerald
Louise
Glück
1999-2005
Louise Glück
Frank P.
Graham
1946-1947
Jorie
Graham
1997-2003
Jorie Graham
Robert
Hass
2001-2007
Robert Hass
Anthony
Hecht
1971-1997
Anthony Hecht
Lyn
Hejinian
2006-2012
Lyn Hejinian
Victor
Hernández Cruz
2008-2013
Victor Hernández Cruz
Robert
Hillyer
1949-1961
Daniel
Hoffman
1972-1997
Daniel Hoffman
John
Hollander
1981-1999
John Hollander
Richard
Howard
1991-2000
Richard Howard
Susan
Howe
2000-2006
Susan Howe
Robert M.
Hutchins
1946-1949
Randall
Jarrell
1956-1966
Randall Jarrell
Robinson
Jeffers
1946-1956
Robinson Jeffers
Donald
Justice
1997-2003
Donald Justice
Galway
Kinnell
2001-2007
Galway Kinnell
Carolyn
Kizer
1995-1998
Carolyn Kizer
Yusef
Komunyakaa
1999-2005
Yusef Komunyakaa
Maxine
Kumin
1995-1998
Maxine Kumin
Stanley
Kunitz
1970-1996
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Philip
Levine
2000-2006
Philip Levine
Robert
Lowell
1962-1977
Robert Lowell
Nathaniel
Mackey
2001-2007
Nathaniel Mackey
Archibald
MacLeish
1946-1949
Archibald MacLeish
F. O.
Matthiessen
1946-1950
J. D.
McClatchy
1996-2003
J. D. McClatchy
Heather
McHugh
1999-2005
Heather McHugh
William
Meredith
1963-1987
William Meredith
James
Merrill
1979-1995
James Merrill
W. S.
Merwin
1988-2000
W. S. Merwin
Marianne
Moore
1952-1964
Marianne Moore
Howard
Moss
1987-1988
Robert
Nathan
1951-1968
John G.
Neihardt
1951-1967
Howard
Nemerov
1976-1991
Howard Nemerov
William Allen
Nielson
1946-1947
Sharon
Olds
2006-2012
Sharon Olds
Ron
Padgett
2008-2013
Ron Padgett
Michael
Palmer
1999-2004
Michael Palmer
Norman Holmes
Pearson
1964-1976
Carl
Phillips
2006-2012
Carl Phillips
Robert
Pinsky
2004-2010
Robert Pinsky
Frederick A.
Pottle
1950-1974
Adrienne
Rich
1999-2001
Adrienne Rich
Kay
Ryan
2005-2011
Kay Ryan
Charles
Simic
2000-2002
Charles Simic
Gary
Snyder
2003-2009
Gary Snyder
Leonora
Speyer
1948-1951
Gerald
Stern
2005-2011
Gerald Stern
Susan
Stewart
2004-2010
Susan Stewart
Mark
Strand
1995-2000
Mark Strand
May
Swenson
1980-1990
May Swenson
Allen
Tate
1966-1979
Allen Tate
James
Tate
2001-2007
James Tate
Ridgely
Torrence
1950-1950
Mark
Van Doren
1949-1952
Mona
Van Duyn
1985-1998
Mona Van Duyn
David
Wagoner
1978-1999
David Wagoner
Robert Penn
Warren
1972-1988
Robert Penn Warren
Rosanna
Warren
1999-2005
Rosanna Warren
John Hall
Wheelock
1947-1971
Richard
Wilbur
1961-1995
Richard Wilbur
C. K.
Williams
2004-2010
C. K. Williams
Charles
Wright
1999-2002
Charles Wright