Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowships

The Academy of American Poets has a long history of championing the role of poet laureate, including by being a resource listing local laureates and providing information to communities interested in creating new poets laureate positions.

In 2019, we expanded on this work, and our prizes and fellowships for poets, by launching the Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowships. The Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowships are $50,000 awards given to honor poets of literary merit appointed to serve in civic positions and to enable them to undertake meaningful, impactful, and innovative projects that engage their fellow residents, including youth, with poetry, helping to address issues important to their communities, as well as create new work.

In addition to the other eligibility and application criteria, the concept, scope, components, depth, and geographic reach of the proposed project, as well as the number of individuals to be served, will be considered by a panel of award-winning poets and leaders in poetry and civic engagement. The 2022 panelists include 2020 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow and Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang, Wick Poetry Center Director David Hassler, National Student Poets Founder Olivia Morgan, 2019 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow, Tucson Poet Laureate TC Tolbert, and The Watering Hole Co-Founding Director Candace G. Wiley; plus others to be named. The panel will be co-chaired by Nicie Panetta, former Board Chair of the Academy of American Poets; and Jennifer Benka, President and Executive Director of the Academy of American Poets. Final award decisions will be approved and finalized by members of the Academy of American Poets Board of Directors.

The fellowships were established in partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Read more about the 2019 Poets Laureate Fellows, 2020 Poets Laureate Fellows, and 2021 Poets Laureate Fellows and their civic projects.

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