Academy of American Poets

Academy of American Poets Chancellors

The Academy of American Poets was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry.

recent announcements

Aug 02 2017

We are pleased to launch the first annual Ambroggio Prize, for an unpublished manuscript written originally in Spanish and with an English translation. The winner will receive $1,000, and the manuscript will be published by Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe.

Jul 10 2017
Academy Chancellors Brenda Hillman, Jane Hirshfield, David St. John, and Arthur Sze, and former Academy Chancellor Robert Hass, are part of an official contingent of American writers traveling to Cuba for the first time in over six decades.

programs

Poets Forum at the Dodge Poetry Festival 2016
We are pleased to present a special weekend in New York City October 4 through 7, 2017, featuring the award-winning and esteemed poets who serve as Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets. The weekend will include a group reading, master...
Poem-a-Day
Poem-a-Day is the original and only daily digital poetry series featuring over 200 new, previously unpublished poems by today's talented poets each year. On weekdays, poems are accompanied by exclusive commentary by the poets, and several featured...
Jenny Xie, 2017 Walt Whitman Award Winner
Since 1934, the Academy of American Poets has awarded more money to poets than any other organization. learn more

prizes

The Academy of American Poets Fellowship is a $25,000 prize awarded to one poet each year to recognize distinguished poetic achievement. Established in 1946 and given in memory of James Ingram Merrill, the Academy of American Poets Fellowship was...
The Wallace Stevens Award is given annually to recognize outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry. Established in 1994, the award carries a $100,000 stipend. Recipients are chosen by the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors.
Established in 1975, the Walt Whitman Award is a $5,000 first-book publication prize. The winner receives publication by Graywolf Press, an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in the Umbrian region of Italy, and...