New York, NY (April 11, 2019)— The Academy of American Poets, Cooper Union, Poets House, and the Poetry Society of America will present a special reading from the work of Walt Whitman in celebration of his 200th birthday and the democratic imperatives of his work.
When the Academy of American Poets created and launched National Poetry Month in April 1996, we couldn’t have predicted that our signature program would inspire events in all fifty states, becoming the nation’s largest literary celebration. The annual initiative both introduces young readers to poetry and creates an opportunity for teachers, librarians, booksellers, poetry organizations, and poets themselves to showcase the importance of reading and supporting poetry year-round. Today, National Poetry Month remains the Academy of American Poets’ special contribution to the art of poetry in the United States, and we are pleased to announce the following activities, initiatives, and resources for this year’s celebration.
The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce that Li-Young Lee has selected Leah Naomi Green as the recipient of the 2019 Walt Whitman Award, the nation’s most valuable first-book prize for a poet.