In 2019, we expanded this work, and our prizes and fellowships for poets
, by launching the Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowships. These are $50,000 - $100,000 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.
The fellowship award is unrestricted; however, 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 inform the recommended award made by a panel of award-winning poets and leaders in poetry and civic engagement.
Serving on the 2020 panel are former executive director of the Asian American Writers Workshop Ken Chen
; MacArthur Fellow and Director of the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands Natalie Diaz
; past U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera
; past New York State Poet Marie Howe
; past Poet Laureate of Boston Danielle Legros Georges
; and National Student Poets Program founder and member of President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities Olivia Morgan. The panel will be co-chaired by Nicie Panetta, executive producer and cohost of “Fresh,” a podcast series in development about the freshman class of the 116th Congress, and 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.