New York, NY (October 28, 2019)— In alliance with the Amazon Literary Partnership (ALP), the Academy of American Poets invites poetry organizations and presses specializing in poetry to submit applications for Poetry Fund grants, which will be awarded in 2020. The ALP launched the Poetry Fund in partnership with the Academy in 2018 to further its role as a supporter of poetry organizations nationwide. The grant-making panel this year includes Tyehimba Jess, Parneshia Jones, and Paisley Rekdal

Grant applications will be accepted through January 15, 2020. Final award decisions will be made by the ALP in partnership with the Academy and announced in May 2020.

To apply for a 2020 Poetry Fund grant, visit:

To learn about the 2019 Poetry Fund grant recipients, visit:

Since 2009, the Amazon Literary Partnership has awarded more than $12 million in grant funding to more than 150 literary organizations, with a particular focus on supporting a diversity of voices. Grant recipients include nonprofit writing centers, residencies, fellowships, after-school classes, literary magazines, national organizations supporting storytelling and free speech, and internationally acclaimed publishers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. As part of its decade-long effort to help writers tell their stories and find their readers, on May 20, 2019, the Amazon Literary Partnership announced over $1 million in grant funding to 66 nonprofit literary organizations across the country in addition to its support of the new Academy of American Poets Poetry Fund. To learn more about the Amazon Literary Partnership please visit

About the Academy of American Poets  

The Academy of American Poets is the nation’s leading champion of poets and poetry with members in all fifty states. Founded in 1934, the organization produces, the world’s largest publicly funded website for poets and poetry; National Poetry Month; the popular Poem-a-Day series; American Poets magazine; Teach This Poem and other award-winning resources for K-12 educators; and an annual series of poetry readings and special events. In addition, the Academy of American Poets coordinates a national poetry coalition working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds. This year the organization has awarded more funds to poets than any other organization, giving a total of $1,250,000 to poets at various stages of their careers.