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National Poetry Month begins tomorrow! Kick off the celebration by reading these poems about the art of poetry, and don't miss our special commissioned poem by Kaveh Akbar featured in Monday's Poem-a-Day. Be sure to share your love of poetry throughout April with #NPM17.
Submit to the James Laughlin Award & Lenore Marshall Prize, deadline May 15.
Mai Der Vang's Afterland, winner of the 2016 Whitman Award, is out in April.
2017 Whitman Winner: Jenny Xie
We're pleased to announce this year's Walt Whitman Award winner, Jenny Xie's Eye Level, selected by former Chancellor and U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, who called it "a timely collection of beauty, clarity, and expansive humanity."
American Poets New Issue
The Spring–Summer 2017 issue of American Poets, featuring a cover designed by Debbie Millman, has just landed. Keep an eye out for book reviews of new and upcoming poetry collections, along with poem samplers from each, which we'll be sharing during April.
Dear Poet Project 2017
Bring National Poetry Month to your classroom with Dear Poet, a multimedia education project that invites students in grades five through twelve to write letters in response to poems written and read by Academy Chancellors.
Watch Lucille Clifton discuss what poetry is in this week's new Poetry Breaks video.
Watch this week's new P.O.P video, featuring Angel Nafis reading and discussing a poem by Ross Gay.
Listen to a conversation between poet Yusef Komunyakaa and jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant.
Get Your 2017 National Poetry Month Poster
It's your last chance to request a free 2017 poster before National Poetry Month! This year's poster was designed by Maira Kalman, who designer Chip Kidd called "the John Ashbery of painted illustration." Order yours while supplies last and read a related lesson plan of activities to go with it.
The Academy of American Poets is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Thanks for being a part of the Academy of American Poets community. To learn about other programs, including National Poetry Month, Poem in Your Pocket Day, the annual Poets Forum, and more, visit Poets.org.
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