“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.

Mar 02 2015
Marie Bullock

Celebrating Great Women in History: Marie Bullock

March is Women’s History Month, a time for us to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of extraordinary women throughout history whose influence can still be felt today. This month, and as we glance ahead to National Poetry Month, we remember our founder, Marie Bullock, who at twenty-three years old had the vision and verve to establish an organization devoted to supporting poetry and poets.
Feb 23 2015
From left: Lyn Hejinian, Ron Padgett, and Carl Phillips at Poets Forum, New York City, 2010

Poetic Beginnings: Beats, the New York School, and Language Poetry

"From the days of the typewriter," Lyn Hejinian says, "I had been writing all along and always thought that writing was a way of engaging with all the things I was thinking about...a sort of continual process of thinking philosophically, existentially, and theoretically." In this video, recorded at the 2012 Poets Forum, Hejinian discusses her beginnings as a poet, her fascination with theory, and Gertrude Stein.
Feb 15 2015
Philip Levine. Photo credit: Jim Wilson

Philip Levine, 1928-2015

We were deeply saddened to learn today that master poet Philip Levine has died. Phil was the 2013 Wallace Stevens Award winner and a former Academy Chancellor. read more
Feb 13 2015

How to Embed a Poem or Anthology

Poems—of all artforms—should be shared, and when we embarked on the redesign of last year, we had just that idea in mind.Now, any poem or anthology you create on can be easily shared by embedding it on your blog or website. (Learn more about creating anthologies.) In fact, the Smithsonian is currently featuring an anthology of water poems we compiled for them.