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

Jul 21 2014
In the Opinion Pages of the New York Times on July 20, 2014, seven poets were asked to respond to the question, "Does poetry matter?"  
Jul 09 2014
Please join us October 16 to 18 in New York City for the eighth annual Poets Forum, our three day celebration of poetry, which takes place on the campuses of New York University and The New School. Poets Forum explores the ever-changing landscape of contemporary poetry in the United States through in-depth discussion with some of the most distinguished poets of our day, poetry readings, lectures, receptions, and more.

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

Since 1946, the Academy of American Poets has regularly awarded Academy Fellowships to American poets for distinguished poetic achievement. Given in memory of James Ingram Merrill, the Academy Fellowship was the first award of its kind in the United...
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 brings first-book publication and a cash prize of $5,000 to an American who has never before published a book of poetry. The winning manuscript, chosen by an eminent poet, is published by Louisiana State University Press. The...