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

Aug 11 2014
We're pleased to announce that Dr. Madeleine Fuchs Holzer has joined the organization as its first Educator in Residence. This honorary position reflects the organization’s long-standing commitment to supporting K-12 teachers and encouraging young people to engage with the art of poetry. The Academy of American Poets created the very first Poets-in-the-Schools program in the early 1960s, and in 1996 launched the nation’s first Online Poetry Classroom, offering a suite of curated educational materials available for free on the web, as well as in-person trainings for teachers.
Aug 05 2014
We are excited to announce two changes to our distinguished Walt Whitman Award, making it the most valuable first-book award for poetry in the United States. In addition to $5,000, the winner of the 2015 award will now receive publication of his or her manuscript by Graywolf Press, an award-winning independent publisher, and an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy.

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 1946 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...