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, 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. 

American Poets Prizes

Since 1934, the Academy of American Poets has awarded more money to poets than any other organization. 

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National Poem in Your Pocket Day

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, 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



Since 2006, the Academy of American Poets has been featuring an original, never-before published poem by an American poet on 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 weekends

Poetry & the Creative Mind

Poetry and the Creative Mind, Meryl Streep
The 13th annual Poetry & the Creative Mind will be held on April 15, 2015 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center and will feature:

Award-winning designer Chip Kidd (Master of Ceremonies)

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.

In 1996, the Academy launched the first major website dedicated to poetry, 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

Each summer the Academy of American Poets continues its tradition of offering poetry readings with a diverse lineup of poets sharing their latest work. In the summer of 2014 our readings, made possible in part by funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, took place at historic New York City locales—from Governors Island’s Colonel’s Row to The New York Public Library’s iconic Stephen