The following thirteen poets were named Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellows. Together they received more than $1 million, made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in recognition of their literary excellence and to help support their civic projects. Each had served as a Poet Laureate of their state, city, or county and, over the course of their year-long fellowship, addressed issues important to their communities through poetry. Read more about these awards. Read more about these awards.