Applications accepted online through December 5, 2021 for 2022 residency for a poet with an interest in public engagement

November 2, 2021 (New York, NY)— The Guggenheim is collaborating with the Academy of American Poets to establish a year-long poet-in-residence position open to a contemporary poet with strong interest in public engagement beginning in January 2022. The selected poet-in-residence will collaborate with the Guggenheim’s public programs department to design activations and experiences for the museum’s adult, teen, and youth audiences to engage with poetry as an artistic form. Poetry has long been presented and celebrated at the Guggenheim, beginning with the Academy of American Poets presenting poetry readings in the Peter B. Lewis Theater in 1963. 

The panelists who will select the 2022 poet-in-residence include Jennifer Benka, President and Executive Director of the Academy of American Poets; Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, award-winning poet and Pulitzer Prize finalist; Natalie Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and 2018 MacArthur Fellow; Claudia Rankine, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning poet and 2016 MacArthur Fellow; and Jennifer Yee, Director of Public Programs at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

The poet-in-residence will play a core role in the Guggenheim’s public programming throughout the year and will plan and participate in events that may include onsite readings, workshops, and activations in the museum. The selected poet-in-residence will receive a $20,000 honorarium.

The residency is designed as a hybrid role and the selected poet-in-residence must be able to travel onsite to the Guggenheim’s New York City location as needed beginning in late January 2022. Candidates for the poet-in-residence position must be at least 21 years old and have published a collection of poetry or have a history of spoken word performances.

Applications will be accepted online from November 2, 2021 through December 5, 2021 (11:59 p.m. EST). To view the eligibility and submission guidelines, and to apply, visit:

About the Academy of American Poets

Founded in 1934, the Academy of American Poets is the nation’s leading champion of poets and poetry with supporters in all fifty states. The organization annually awards more funds to individual poets than any other organization through its prize program, giving a total of $1.25 million to more than 200 poets at various stages of their careers. The organization also produces, the world’s largest publicly funded website for poets and poetry; organizes National Poetry Month; publishes the popular Poem-a-Day series and American Poets magazine; provides award-winning resources to K–12 educators, including the Teach This Poem series; hosts an annual series of poetry readings and special events; and coordinates a national Poetry Coalition working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture.

About the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation was established in 1937 and is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary art through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. The international constellation of museums comprises the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; and the future Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. An architectural icon and “temple of spirit” where radical art and architecture meet, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is among a group of eight Frank Lloyd Wright structures in the United States recently designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. To learn more about the museum and the Guggenheim’s activities around the world, visit