The Academy of American Poets Announces Shamar Hill as New Director of Institutional Giving & Stewardship

New York, NY (September 13, 2019)— The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce that Shamar Hill has been named Director of Institutional Giving & Stewardship, a new position that will support the organization’s work with foundations, corporations, major patrons, and its Board of Directors. 

Hill was born in Harlem and raised in Brooklyn. He received his MFA in creative writing from New York University. Before joining the Academy of American Poets, he worked for more than ten years as a development consultant forging new partnerships and nurturing existing ones for nonprofits. He is also on the board at The Fostering Connection, which offers pro-bono psychoanalysis to foster children. He is a Cave Canem Fellow, and the recipient of numerous awards including a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a scholarship from Fine Arts Work Center. 

"In the past few years, the Academy of American Poets has expanded its work with the philanthropic community. As we look ahead to our 90th anniversary and beyond we want to continue this growth so that we might serve even more poets, readers, and educators. Shamar’s unique combination of senior development experience and an understanding of poetry as a poet himself is a great addition to our team," said Jennifer Benka, executive director. 

 About the Academy of American Poets  

The Academy of American Poets is the nation’s leading champion of poets and poetry with members in all fifty states. Founded in 1934, the organization produces, the world’s largest publicly funded website for poets and poetry; National Poetry Month; the popular Poem-a-Day series; American Poets magazine; Teach This Poem and other award-winning resources for K-12 educators; and an annual series of poetry readings and special events. In addition, the Academy of American Poets coordinates a national poetry coalition working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.