programs

The Academy of American Poets supports American poets at all stages of their careers by administering seven major awards—from a first-book prize to a lifetime-achievement award—and nearly two hundred College Prizes at schools across the country. We also foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry through the production of Poets.org, which reaches tens of millions of visitors each year; National Poetry Month (April), the largest literary celebration in the world; Poets Forum, a weekend-long conference in New York City featuring the poets who serve on our honorary Board of Chancellors; Poem-a-Day, through which we publish 260 new poems by contemporary poets and distribute them daily through email and social media to hundreds of thousands of readers; a Summer Reading Series, featuring poets presenting new work in iconic New York City locations; and American Poets, our biannual literary magazine for members. 

National Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2014 was held on Thursday, April 24. 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, initiated Poem in Your Pocket Day, a time for

National Poetry Month

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 American

Poem-a-Day

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, with poems by classic poets featured on weekend

Poetry & the Creative Mind

Poetry and the Creative Mind, Meryl Streep

Each year some of America's leading artists, scholars, and public figures come together on one stage in April for an extraordinary evening celebrating the role of contemporary poetry in American culture.

Poets Emergency Fund

The Academy of American Poets established a Poets Emergency Fund in 1985. The modest fund exists to help provide relief to an American poet of demonstrated ability who is experiencing a temporary and urgent financial crisis. Applications to the fund are not accepted.

Poets Forum

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.org

Poets.org

In 1996, the Academy launched the first major website dedicated to poetry, Poets.org. The site remains one of the top sites for poetry globally with tens of millions of visits each year.

Summer Reading Series

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 Library’s iconic Stephen