The Academy of American Poets has been awarded an $80,000 Art Works grant, the largest in the literature category, from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This is one of 977 grants awarded by the NEA totaling $80 million approved by the NEA’s Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter. It will provide critical support to, Poem-a-Day, National Poetry Month, and the other free programs and publications the organization produces for poets, readers, and educators in all 50 states. 

“The Academy of American Poets has worked with and benefited from the NEA since this important agency began in 1965. We’re proud to have the NEA’s continued and generous support and stamp of approval as we make poetry available to an increasing audience. We’re grateful to Amy Stolls, Director of Literature at the NEA, for her guidance and leadership," said Jennifer Benka, executive director of the Academy of American Poets. 

Last year,, Poem-a-Day, and National Poetry Month, which the Academy of American Poets originated in 1996 and continues to organize, reached more than 40 million individuals, made possible by contributions from individuals and public support. 

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