New York, NY (July 30, 2018)—The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce that Li-Young Lee will judge the 2019 Walt Whitman Award, the nation’s most valuable first-book prize for poetry. The winner of the Whitman Award will receive $5,000, and the winning manuscript will be published by Graywolf Press in 2020.
New York, NY (June 7, 2018)—According to new NEA findings, in the past five years, the number of poetry readers in the United States has almost doubled to a total of 28 million adults. This is the highest number the NEA has seen since 2002. The largest increase in poetry readership in the past five years has come from young people ages 18–24 and African American, Asian American, and other non-white readers.
New York, NY (June 7, 2018)—We, leaders of nonprofit poetry organizations, came together to found and publicly launch the Poetry Coalition in November 2016 in part because the demand for our programs and the interest in poetry we were experiencing at our organizations wasn’t reflected in available research or by the media.
New York, NY (May 10, 2018)—Teach This Poem, a program of the Academy of American Poets, has received this year’s Innovations in Reading Prize from the National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards. This prize is awarded to projects that “empower communities through literature.”