Academy of American Poets

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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

Mar 30 2015
The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce that Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith has selected Sjohnna McCray as the recipient of the 2015 Walt Whitman Award, the nation’s most valuable first-book prize.
Mar 24 2015
The Academy of American Poets is pleased to host a reading featuring poets Carolyn Forché and Kevin Young at the AWP Conference on Saturday, April 11, at 8:30 p.m. The event will take place in the Main Auditorium, Level 1, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Carolyn Forché is the 2013 recipient of the Academy of American Poets Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement. Her latest book is Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001 (W. W. Norton, 2014). Kevin Young is the recipient of a 2012 American Book Award and is a National Book Award finalist.

programs

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,...
National Poetry Month
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in...
Poem in Your Pocket Day
Poem in Your Pocket Day 2015 will be held on Thursday, April 30. In 2002, as part of New York City's National Poetry Month celebration, the Office of the Mayor, in partnership with the New York City Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education,...

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.
Established in 1975, the Walt Whitman Award is a $5,000 first-book publication prize. The winner receives publication by Graywolf Press, an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in the Umbrian region of Italy, and...