Academy of American Poets

The Academy of American Poets was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry.

recent announcements

Sep 02 2014
The submission period is now open for the Walt Whitman Award, the most valuable first-book publication prize for poetry in the United States. In addition to $5,000, the winner will receive publication of his or her manuscript by Graywolf Press and an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy. This year’s Academy of American Poets Fellowship winner, Tracy K. Smith, will judge the award. Submissions will be accepted through November 1.
Aug 25 2014
The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 American Poets Prizes. Launched in 1936, the Academy's annual awards are among the oldest and most generous prizes for poets in the United States. This year, we have awarded over $200,000 to poets at various stages of their careers. The recipients will be honored at the American Poets Prizes ceremony on October 17, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at The New School in New York City.

programs

Poets Forum
Each fall the Academy of American Poets presents a series of events over three days in New York City that explore the ever-changing landscape of contemporary poetry in America.Poets Forum features readings and talks given by the award-winning poets...
Summer Reading Series, Matt Rasmussen
This summer, the Academy of American Poets will continue its tradition of offering poetry readings with a diverse lineup of poets sharing their work at historic New York City locales—from Governors Island’s Colonel’s Row to The New York Public...
Poem-a-Day
Since 2006, the Academy of American Poets has been featuring  an original, never-before published poem by an American poet on Poets.org and distributing it via email to what has become a list of 90,000 subscribers Monday through Friday of each week...

prizes

The Academy of American Poets Fellowship is a $25,000 prize awarded to one poet each year to recognize distinguished poetic achievement. Established in 1936 and given in memory of James Ingram Merrill, the Academy of American Poets Fellowship was...
The Wallace Stevens Award is given annually to recognize outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry. Established in 1994, the award carries a $100,000 stipend. Recipients are chosen by the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors. No...
The Walt Whitman Award is a $5,000 first-book publication prize given to an American poet. The winning manuscript, chosen by an acclaimed poet, is published by Graywolf Press, a leading independent publisher committed to the discovery and energetic...