The Academy of American Poets presents Summer Camp, a new six-week newsletter series distributed from June through August 2020 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...

Summer Camp: Boycotts

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

Summer Camp: Music

In an essay about the relationship between poetry and music, Claudia Emerson writes, “We all know...

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,
we witnessed with...

Summer Camp: Future

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