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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got 33 minutes?

December 3, 2017

This conversation about The Civic Responsibility of the Poet in America Today between Jane Hirshfield, Juan Felipe Herrera, and Naomi Shihab Nye took place more than two years ago, but it seems acutely relevant today. When you have a half-hour, have a look.

what’s in your pocket?

April 27, 2017

Poem in Your Pocket
Today, Thursday, April 27, 2017, is Poem in Your Pocket Day.
Read. Share. Listen.
What’s your poem?

Back in December, we introduced the Poetry Coalition, 25 nonprofit poetry organizations working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.

Beginning this month, the inaugural effort of the Poetry Coalition is Because We Come from Everything: Poetry & Migration. “For this collaborative effort, each organization in the Poetry Coalition will bring its unique mission to the task of presenting programs and projects on the theme of migration.” The projects are inclusive, original, wide-ranging, relevant and engaging.

You can see how each of the organizations describes its projects on the Academy of American Poets Because We Come from Everything page and you can also see many images from the project on Twitter #WeComeFromEverything.

watch and listen

March 15, 2017

Poet and photographer Rachel Eliza Griffiths has partnered with The Academy of American Poets to release online a series of videos called P.O.P. (“Poets on Poetry”). Each video features a contemporary American poet reading two poems — one of their own and one by another poet — and talking about the poems they’ve selected. The “poet then answers a question s/he has selected from a pool of anonymous questions generated from other participants,” creating a sort of ongoing conversation.

In a related essay, Griffiths describes the project as a kind of three-dimensional portraiture, “a sequence of visual poems, nuanced and calibrated as Russian dolls.”

Visit the P.O.P. page and listen in.

Boo!

October 31, 2016

Shakespeares photo by Ray Duffy

In honor of ghosts, goblins, and William Shakespeare, spirit on over to the Academy of American Poets collection of Halloween poems. It’s a treat.

While you’d be lucky to find one of the 10,000 Shakespeare face masks (shown above) commissioned to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s demise, you can download, color, and create your own from the Shakespeare 400 Chicago Talk Like Shakespeare Day site.

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park poems

October 3, 2016

NPS: Find a Park Map by State

As you may be aware, 2016 marks the centennial of the National Park Service. To mark the occasion, the Academy of American Poets has commissioned fifty poets to write poems about a park in each of the fifty states. Every Thursday, throughout the fall season, you can find a new selection of five poems posted on Poets.org along with an Info link that includes a statement by the poet.

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NPS map

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