Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Announcing the 2018 Walt Whitman Judge & More

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July 11, 2017

The Walt Whitman Award


As we approach the beginning of the submission period for next Walt Whitman Award, we present a selection of poems by past winners whose inspiring debuts we're proud to have helped launch. 


"Everything That Happens Can Be Called Aging" by Carl Adamshick
"Compendium of Lost Objects" by Nicole Cooley
"[Untitled]" by J. Michael Martinez
"Portrait of My Father as a Young Black Man" by Sjohnna McCray
"Strip" by Hannah Sanghee Park
"In Whoever's Hotel Room This Is" by Matt Rasmussen
"Dear Exile," by Mai Der Vang
"Square Cells" by Jenny Xie

Announcing the 2018 Whitman Award Judge


Joy Harjo will judge the 2018 Walt Whitman Award, the nation's most valuable first-book prize for poetry. The winner receives $5,000, publication of their book by Graywolf Press, and a six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy. The submission period begins September 1, 2017.


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Grab a Tote from the Poets Shop


Now through Friday, all Academy of American Poets totes are only $5. Choose from Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, or Langston Hughes, and make room for more summer reading with a beautiful new canvas carry-along.


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Introducing Our New Poet Laureate
The Library of Congress blog reviews Smith's first week since the appointment.


Khaled Mattawa Makes National Translation Award Longlist in Poetry
A Map of Signs and Scents by Amjad Nasser and translated by Fady Joudah and Chancellor Khaled Mattawa makes the longlist of the National Translation Award in Poetry.


RIP James Berry, Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno, and Jack Collom.
Read about BerryBonanno, and Collom on


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