Poetry offers us the capacity to carry in us and express the contradictory impulses that make us human.

—Kwame Dawes, Academy of American Poets Chancellor (2018- )

Michael Jacobs

Michael Jacobs is President and CEO of ABRAMS, one of the world’s premier illustrated and children’s book publishers. He joined the company in 2004 and previously held executive positions at Penguin, Simon and Schuster, and Scholastic—where he oversaw the marketing, sales, and distribution for the U.S. publication of the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. After an almost forty-year hiatus from higher education, he returned to finish his degree as an Eli Whitney scholar at Yale University, receiving a BA in history. He serves on the Board of Governors at Yale University Press as well as the National Coalition Against Censorship and has been honored by the Goddard Riverside Community Center, New York City’s largest settlement house. Mr. Jacobs is married to the novelist Sheridan Hay. They live in Tarrytown and Washington County, New York. He is the Chairman of the Academy of American Poets.