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):

September 24

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.

Poetry Coalition

February 28, 2018

We’ve previously introduced the Poetry Coalition (here and here). During the month of March 2018, the 20+ organizations that make up the Poetry Coalition will present programming on the theme Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body (a line from “Flores Woman” by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith).

Each organization will bring its unique mission to the task of presenting programs and projects on the theme of the body, including a range of events and publications that address issues such as mass incarceration, transphobia, violence against people of color, and health and self-care. This programming is supported in part by a grant from the Ford Foundation secured by the Academy of American Poets.

See a list of the organizations and their anticipated programming here.

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