Remembering…

December 24, 2020

The Academy of American Poets (poets.org) has put together a lovely remembrance of some of the poets we lost in 2020. Watch In Memoriam 2020 on YouTube. Not forgotten.

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Thank you, Margaret Bikman.

Amidst plenty of gloomy financial news, the Academy of American Poets has announced awards of $50,000 each to 23 Poets Laureate of states, cities, counties, and the Navajo Nation. Funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program is in its second year, with expanded coverage and a change in focus, as poets are subject to travel restrictions and other distancing requirements. You may recall that Claudia Castro Luna’s One River, A Thousand Names project was funded last year.

Cascadia’s sole winner this year is Susan Landgraf, Poet Laureate of Auburn, Washington. A poet and journalist, Landgraf is the author of What We Bury Changes the Ground (Tebot Bach, 2017). She will partner with the Muckleshoot Tribe and Reservation and the City of Auburn to offer poetry workshops at the Tribal School and in the Auburn Public Schools Tribal Programs, as well as for adults and children at the Tribal Center. The project will culminate in a book of participants’ poems, as well as a series of readings on the Reservation, in the City of Auburn, and at the State Capitol.

Congratulations to Susan and all of this year’s grantees!

shelter in poems

March 25, 2020

The Academy of American Poets (poets.org) invites the public to join in an initiative for our times: Shelter in Poems.

To participate, select a poem that gives you hope from the Poets.org collection and post a sentence or two about why the poem inspires you on social media with the hashtag #ShelterinPoems. The Academy will be considering responses and gathering the poems and testimonials in a special newsletter and sharing it online each week. Additionally, if you are moved to record a one-minute video of yourself offering the name of the poem and your statement, the Academy will also be selecting videos to share.

Thank you.

February 7, 2020

In case you missed the announcement of this exceedingly juicy bit of philanthropy, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has granted $4.5 Million to The Academy of American Poets. Believed to be the largest grant ever made by a philanthropic institution to support poets in the United States, the unprecedented amount will enable The Academy of American Poets to fund its Poets Laureate Fellowship program for the next three years.

In its press release on the grant, Poets.org cites the work of four poets laureate, including Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna.

What a fine gift!

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.

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.

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.

historic

December 19, 2016

Poetry Coalition

In what promises to be a powerful new voice for poetry, “Twenty nonprofit poetry organizations from across the United States have formed a historic coalition dedicated to working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and communities, and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.”

As of December 6, 2016, Poetry Coalition member organizations include: the Academy of American Poets; the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and the National Student Poets Program; the Asian American Writers’ Workshop; CantoMundo; Cave Canem; the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival; Kundiman; the Lambda Literary Foundation; Letras Latinas at Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies; Mass Poetry; O, Miami; the Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives at San Francisco State University; the Poetry Foundation; the Poetry Project; the Poetry Society of America; Poets House; Split This Rock; the University of Arizona Poetry Center; Urban Word and the National Youth Poet Laureate Program; and the Wick Poetry Center.

The Poetry Coalition’s first public offering, in March 2017, will be Because We Come From Everything: Poetry and Migration, in which each organization will present programs and projects on the theme of migration.

Read more about the Poetry Coalition on Kundiman.

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

get to work

July 8, 2016

Hansen Writing BallWe may be the last to know about this, but the Academy of American Poets has a weekly column called Jobs for Poets. New literary and arts jobs are posted every Wednesday. Here’s the list for this week, July 6, 2016. To find Jobs for Poets, go to the main poets.org page and look for the “Stanza” link.

Poets & Writers has a Jobs for Writers section and you can also find listings of calls for art, funding, residencies, jobs, work space and housing at Artist Trust.

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image: Malling-Hansen writing ball, 1865

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