New York, NY (June 3, 2024)—The Academy of American Poets announced today that it has been awarded $75,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The grant provides critical support for, Poem-a-Day, National Poetry Month, and the organization’s other free programs and publications, reaching an audience of many millions of poets, readers, educators, and students nationwide.

In total, NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson has approved more than $37 million in grants to organizations in 48 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. “These projects exemplify the creativity and care with which communities are telling their stories, creating connection, and responding to challenges and opportunities in their communities—all through the arts,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “So many aspects of our communities such as cultural vitality, health and well-being, infrastructure, and the economy are advanced and improved through investments in art and design, and this funding at the local, state, and regional levels demonstrates the National Endowment for the Arts’ commitment to ensuring people across the country benefit.”

“We’re grateful for the NEA's support of our programs, sustaining our vital work of sharing poems with millions of readers of all ages every year,” said Ricardo Alberto Maldonado, President & Executive Director of the Academy of American Poets. “For ninety years, we have continued to uphold poetry’s ability to build thriving communities of readers based on understanding, imagination, and creativity, while collaborating with partners to support writers at every stage of their journey.”

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About the Academy of American Poets  

Founded in 1934, the Academy of American Poets is the nation’s leading champion of poets and poetry with supporters in all fifty states and beyond. The organization annually awards $1.3+ million to more than two hundred poets at various stages of their careers through its prize and fellowship programs. The organization also produces, the world’s largest publicly funded website for poets and poetry; established and organizes National Poetry Month each April; publishes the popular Poem-a-Day series and American Poets magazine; provides free resources to K–12 educators, including the award-winning weekly Teach This Poem series; hosts an annual series of poetry readings, and special events; and coordinates a national Poetry Coalition that promotes the value poets bring to our culture. To learn more about the Academy of American Poets, visit: