The Academy of American Poets presents Summer Camp, a new newsletter series distributed in July that we hope you will find helpful as you continue to seek ways to engage the students and young people in your life with meaningful activities, and, of course, poetry. 

Especially in this time, we believe that reading, sharing, and writing poems helps us to process the world around us while we learn. Thank you for joining us for Summer Camp.

Summer Camp: Freedom

As we approach July 4 and our nation’s annual commemoration of the Declaration of Independence, we do so in the context of historic calls for justice and acknowledgement of the truth about how our country was founded and built through the colonization of indigenous lands, the enslavement and genocide of millions, and the continuous oppression of the people.

Summer Camp: Boycotts

A boycott is a voluntary act of protest that refuses purchasing or trading goods with another bus

Summer Camp: Music

In an essay about the relationship between poetry and music, Claudia Emerson writes, “We all know that poetry is not one thing; the spectrum from lyric to narrative in the category of ‘poem’ is vast and encompasses much; so, too, the spectrum of formal to freer verse. The same goes for song, for music itself.”

Summer Camp: Food

“The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.

Summer Camp: Environment

“Let them not say:   it was not spoken, not written.
We spoke,

Summer Camp: Future

“Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings.
Not all things are blest, but the

Summer Camp 2021: Food

“The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.

Summer Camp: Animals

“You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.”

Summer Camp 2021: History

“History has to live with what was here,
clutching and close to fumbling all we had—”

Summer Camp 2021: Future

“Look back only for as long as you must,
Then go forward into the history you will make.”

Summer Camp: The Harlem Renaissance

When considering essential movements in American poetry, no conversation would be complete withou

Summer Camp: Surrealism

Surrealism emerged as the direct result of the publication of André Breton’s Le Manifeste du

Summer Camp: The New York School

The New York School of poetry began around 1960 in New York City and included poets such as 

Summer Camp: Jazz Poetry

Jazz poetry is a literary genre defined as poetry necessarily informed by jazz music—that is, poe