The next time someone dares to ask "Does anyone read poetry anymore?" the Academy of American Poets can confidently say yes.
Last week the organization gained its 100,000th subscriber to its Poem-a-Day series, which publishes—online via email and its website Poets.org—new, never-before-seen poems by contemporary poets on weekdays, and a curated selection of classic poems on weekends.
"Poetry is not only alive and well in the United States, thanks to mobile, poetry is finding new readers. It's an easily shareable art form, perfectly suited for our digital present," said Jennifer Benka, Executive Director of the Academy of American Poets.
In fact, the majority of people who read Poem-a-Day are reading the poems on their phones and tablets.
To extend the reach of the Poem-a-Day series, in April 2014 the organization secured a syndication deal with King Features, a division of Hearst publications, making the poems easily available to newspapers and news websites. A poem published in the series in September 2014 commemorating slain journalist James Foley, was also published in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Huffington Post, and Slate, and was read by the poet Daniel Johnson on PBS NewsHour.
Subscriptions to Poem-a-Day are free. One needs only to signup with a valid email address, which can be done here: /poem-day
At this time, the Academy of American Poets is not able to accept unsolicited submissions of poems to the series, which is curated and produced by the organization's editorial staff.
About the Academy of American Poets
The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets. The organization produces Poets.org, the world’s largest publicly-funded website for poets and poetry; National Poetry Month; American Poets magazine; and an annual series of poetry readings and special events. In addition, since its founding in 1934, the Academy has awarded more money to poets than any other organization through its American Poets Prizes.