Join us at the 2017 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference & Bookfair from Thursday, February 9, through Saturday, February 11, in Washington, D.C., where Academy of American Poets Chancellors Terrance Hayes, Marilyn Nelson, and Alicia Ostriker, and our Executive Director Jennifer Benka will be participating in panels
A country needs its poets, especially now. Their lines are life lines, keeping us connected to one another and to hope—whether it is the thing with feathers or the assertion, “I, too, am America.” In the days following the election, we have seen a surge of people reading poems on Poets.org.
The Academy of American Poets was one of the first organizations in the United States to showcase poets in public readings. Thankfully, since the 1950s we’ve been recording those events, and we’ve been able to make hundreds of audio tracks available on Poets.org. To hear a poet like Gwendolyn Brooks read her own poems is to understand something of the sonic forces driving each line.
When the Academy of American Poets launched National Poetry Month in 1996, we made sure Poets.org was a place where individuals from across the country could find information about how to celebrate poetry in their community—from New Hampshire to California—as well as learn more about local poets, events, workshops, bookstores, and publications. On our Poetry Near You pages, this is still true!