NEW YORK (April 7, 2014)-- The Academy of American Poets, the nation’s largest membership-based nonprofit organization promoting contemporary poets and poetry, which turned 80 this year, has signed a deal with King Features, a unit of Hearst Corporation, to syndicate the organization’s popular Poem-a-Day.
Through Poem-a-Day, each weekday, the Academy of American Poets publishes and delivers a new, previously unpublished poem by a diverse range of contemporary United States-based poets. The poems are published on the organization’s website Poets.org, and currently distributed via email and social media to approximately 300,000 readers. Beginning April 14, King Features will make Poem-a-Day available to editors at a wide range of publications, potentially growing the readership for the daily poem by many times its current reach.
“In the past few years, we have experienced a dramatic increase in interest in the daily poem,” says Jennifer Benka, Executive Director. “As a nonprofit, mission-driven organization, we are interested in the reach we can provide news organizations and their associated media sites, who in turn make this premier cultural content available to a wider audience. We’re excited to renew the long tradition of poems being published in news publications.”
“We’re pleased to be working with the Academy to help bring poetry to the wider circulation of readers that news organizations make possible,” said Glenn Mott, King Features Managing Editor. “Journalists and poets are often in conflict over the meaning of words, but not their place in the world; poets may naturally envy journalists their readership, and journalists may envy poets their permanence. But they share many traits in the daily practice of their craft. A daily poem is as essential as the daily news. Both add their headlines, and this is the soul of each, that there are truths beyond the facts we know.”
Each poem is accompanied by a short biography of the poet and a few sentences written by the poet providing context and insight into the composition. The poems are curated so that each week readers experience a different but loosely connected narrative of American poetry today.
Poem-a-Day will be available for free to news editors beginning April 14. For samples and service contact John Killian, King Features Vice President, Syndication Sales, at 1-262-521-9222 or email: [email protected].
About the Academy of American Poets
The Academy of American Poets fosters an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets. For over three generations, the Academy has connected millions of people to great poetry through its website, Poets.org, one of the leading destinations for poetry on the planet; National Poetry Month, which the organization launched in 1996 and is now the largest literary celebration in the world; American Poets, a biannual literary journal; and an annual series of poetry readings and special events. Since its founding, the Academy has awarded more money to poets than any other organization.
About King Features Syndicate
King Features Syndicate is a member of Hearst Entertainment and Syndication Group, which combines Hearst Corporation’s cable network partnerships, television programming activities and newspaper syndication and merchandise licensing operations. King Features is the world’s premier distributor of syndicated features to newspapers, magazines, web portals, mobile outlets and news organizations worldwide. For more information, please visit www.kingfeatures.com.