“The word stanza means ‘room’ in Italian...and each stanza is like a room in a house, a lyric dwelling place,” writes Edward Hirsch in A Poet’s Glossary. Stanza is now fully furnished with updates throughout the week about our Chancellors and programs, plus new essays, video and audio, lesson plans, and other poetry resources. Click each title below to read more.

Jan 28 2015
C. D. Wright

C. D. Wright on the Art of Revision

In this video, recorded at Poets Forum 2014 as part of the Chancellor Discussions—a series of intimate talks that examine issues central to poetry today—award-winning poet C. D. Wright discusses her approach to revision, which, she says, is an often an interchange between expression and discernment: "You have to have tremendous resistance to inhibition…and then you have to install your own inhibitors."
Jan 26 2015
Joseph Fasano

Joseph Fasano on Poetic Lineage

In this video, recorded at Poets Forum 2014 as part of the panel discussions on contemporary poetry, Joseph  Fasano, author of two collections of poems, discusses the influence the late poet Larry Levis has had on his work. "I think his great theme is banishment," Fasano says. "He has an image, he has a motif, he has an idea, and when it goes away it goes away, but it's always there in the background." 
Jan 24 2015
Language Matters with Bob Holmon

New Film Reveals Why Language Matters

“Where will meanings be when the words are forgotten?” asks W. S. Merwin in Language Matters with Bob Holman. Merwin’s question addresses the thousands of languages that are under threat of extinction. According to the film, “There are over 6,000 languages in the whole world. We lose one every two weeks.
Jan 23 2015
Alicia Suskin Ostriker. Photo credit: J. P. Ostriker

Newly Elected Chancellor: Alicia Suskin Ostriker

We are pleased to welcome Alicia Suskin Ostriker to the Academy of American Poets’ Board of Chancellors. She is the author of more than ten poetry collections, including The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014) andThe Crack in Everything (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996), which was a National Book Award finalist and won both the Paterson Poetry Award and the San Francisco State Poetry Center Award.