New York, NY (February 27, 2018)—The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce Camille Lannan has joined its Board of Directors. Camille is joining the other eighteen current Directors of the organization, who oversee the organization's strategic plan and capacity, and help champion poets, poetry, and the Academy's unique programmatic contributions. 

“Camille's energy, passion for literature, education, and philanthropy, and her experience with archives are a wonderful edition to the leadership of the Academy of American Poets,” said Jennifer Benka, Executive Director and President of the Academy of American Poets.

Camille Lannan is the Archivist for the Central Park Conservancy and has extensive knowledge of contemporary content management, digital asset management, and archival practices for both analog and digital collections. Prior to her role at the Conservancy, she served as the Director of the Literary Program at the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Lannan Foundation is the leading private foundation supporting poetry and literary organizations, as well as fellowships and awards for individual writers. It also helps support nonprofit organizations and individuals in the areas of contemporary visual art, indigenous communities, and cultural freedom. While at the Lannan Foundation, Camille made possible a meeting of poetry leaders that led to the establishment of the Poetry Coalition. She has also worked in archival and special collections positions at the New York School of Interior Design, Tiffany & Company, and NYU’s Fales Library. She holds an MLS from Pratt Institute; an MA of Philosophy, Literature from Trinity College, Dublin; and a BA in Drama from Ithaca College. 

About the Academy of American Poets

Founded in 1934, the Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets. 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 resources for K-12 educators; and an annual series of poetry readings and special events. The organization also coordinates the work of a national poetry coalition working 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.