The Academy of American poets has invited twelve new guest editors to each curate a month of Poem-a-Day, the original and only daily poetry series sharing previously unpublished poems by today’s poets.

The 2019 cohort of guest editors, who include the current U.S. poet laureate, and state and city poets laureate, are all award-winning poets who represent wide-ranging expertise and editorial perspectives, hailing from California to Virginia. Learn more about our current and previous guest editors in 2019, read their poetry, and browse the poems they curated for Poem-a-Day. 

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Ruth Ellen Kocher

August 2019 Poem-a-Day Guest Editor Ruth Ellen Kocher

Read a short Q&A with Ruth Ellen Kocher on her curatorial process for August, and listen to an...
Paul Guest

July 2019 Poem-a-Day Guest Editor Paul Guest

Read a short Q&A, listen to an interview, and read the curated month of Poem-a-Day.
Poet Samiya Bashir poses in a lavender blazer on a roof, sitting with her left arm around her knee and right hand touching the top of her head

June 2019 Poem-a-Day Guest Editor Samiya Bashir

Read a short Q&A, listen to an interview, and read the curated month of Poem-a-Day.
Victoria Chang, photo credit: Margaret Molloy

May 2019 Poem-a-Day Guest Editor Victoria Chang

Read a short Q&A, listen to an interview, and read the curated month of Poem-a-Day.
Tracy K. Smith, photo credit: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

April 2019 Poem-a-Day Guest Editor Tracy K. Smith

Read a short Q&A, listen to an interview, and read the curated month of Poem-a-Day.
Maggie Smith, photo credit: Devon Albeit Photography

March 2019 Poem-a-Day Guest Editor Maggie Smith

Read a short Q&A, listen to an interview, and read the curated month of Poem-a-Day.
Clint Smith

February 2019 Poem-a-Day Guest Editor Clint Smith

Read a short Q&A, listen to an interview, and read the curated month of Poem-a-Day.
TC Tolbert, photo credit: Hannah Ensor

January 2019 Poem-a-Day Guest Editor TC Tolbert

Read a short Q&A, listen to an interview, and read the curated month of Poem-a-Day.