The Academy of American Poets, the largest funder of poets and poetry programs in the U.S., is pleased to announce that Tess O’Dwyer has been named the new Chair of the Board of Directors. O’Dwyer, a nonprofit management consultant and award-winning translator, is the first person of color to lead the national organization’s board in its 87-year history. 

O’Dwyer succeeds Michael Jacobs, CEO of Abrams Books, who served as Chair for eight years. 

In addition to O’Dwyer, Andrew Schiff was elected Treasurer of the Board and Alexandra Jackson, Secretary of the Board. 

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