If your poetry passion is the current state of our environment, you might want to consider submitting your work for The Treehouse Climate Action Poem Prize. Offered by the Academy of American Poets with generous support from Treehouse Investments, the prize will honor three poets who submit “exceptional poems that help make real for readers the gravity of the vulnerable state of our environment at present.”

Find out more about the Treehouse Climate Action Poem Prize and the complete guidelines.

In a related note… if you are engaged with the topic, the literary journal apt is accepting submissions that address climate change for issue 10 through August 31, 2019. Note that apt publishes long-form work, but for this issue will consider “shorter” work, defined as 1,000 words/100 lines/7 pages minimum for poetry. See the apt submission guidelines here.

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go, Claudia!

April 28, 2019

We recently mentioned Washington Poetic Routes, a new poetry mapping project by Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna. Now we have further reason to salute Claudia: she has been named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow, an honor which comes with significant funding for a new project, One River, A Thousand Names. Read all about it in Crosscut.

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big news for poetry

January 16, 2019

With the rare exceptions (Ruth Lilly’s gift to Poetry magazine, The Liana Foundation gift to Poets & Writers, the gift of a trust fund by Alice Fay, Contessa Giovanni de Castagnola, to the Poetry Society of America, the Mary Dearing Lewis and Jeremy Ingalls bequest to the University of Arizona Poetry Center), funding for poetry, though generous at any level, is typically in the thousands. So when the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced two new poetry grants to the tune of $2.2 million, it’s something to celebrate. Read the announcement in yesterday’s New York Times and a more detailed press release on poets.org.

what are YOU reading?

September 25, 2018

It’s Banned Books Week. What are you reading? Here’s a 15-book (or play) introduction to Poetry’s Place in the History of Banned Books and below is an infographic showing last year’s ten most-banned books (click for larger version):

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September 24, 2018

Just a quick reminder that today, September 24, is National Punctuation Day. May your apostrophes be warranted and your semicolons bloom.

(Poets, see Poets & Punctuation and Punctuation in Haiku.)

Every year, the Academy of American Poets selects new artwork for the official National Poetry Month poster, which is distributed throughout the country and downloadable on poets.org.

For National Poetry Month 2019, the Academy invites students living in the United States who are 18 years of age and younger and enrolled in grades 9 through 12 during the 2018–2019 academic year to enter artwork to be considered for use on the poster. The artwork must be original and created by a single student. It must be 18.25” x 21.5” and must incorporate one of five excerpts of poems by Tracy K. Smith, the U.S. Poet Laureate. The contest opens today, September 1, 2018, and the submission deadline is October 31, 2018, at 11:59 pm EST.

See (and follow carefully!) the complete guidelines here.

big poetry prizes

August 30, 2018

The Academy of American Poets this week announced the winners of the 2018 American Poets Prizes, which are among the most valuable poetry prizes in the United States. This year the organization has awarded over $200,000 to poets at various stages of their careers. See the complete lineup of winners here.

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