The Academy of American Poets supports American poets and fosters the appreciation of contemporary poetry by producing, Poem-a-Day, National Poetry MonthAmerican Poets magazine for members, and a wide-range of Materials for Teachers. In addition, the organization curates an annual fall conversation series between poets and artists in other disciplines; the Blaney lecture on contemporary poetry and poetics; Poetry & the Creative Mind, a reading at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall; Poets Forum, a weekend-long series of events that feature the poets who serve as Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets; and by administering the American Poets Prizes—a suite of eight major awards that range from a first-book prize to a lifetime-achievement award—and nearly two hundred College Prizes at schools across the country.  

American Poets Prizes

Mai Der Vang, 2016 Walt Whitman Award Winner

Since 1934, the Academy of American Poets has awarded more money to poets than any other organization. 

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Fall Conversation Series

Each fall, the Academy of American Poets presents a free series of conversations exploring how different art forms engage with poetry. These conversations pair some of today’s most intriguing poets with accomplished artists, dancers, chefs, and actors.

National Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poem in Your Pocket Day

In 2002, as part of New York City's National Poetry Month celebration, the Office of the Mayor, in partnership with the New York City Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education, initiated Poem in Your Pocket Day, a time for

National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American



Poem-a-Day is the original and only daily digital poetry series featuring over 200 new, previously unpublished poems by today's talented poets each year.

Poetry & the Creative Mind

Gloria Steinem, Poetry & the Creative Mind, 2015

Each year during National Poetry Month in April, the Academy of American Poets presents a gala celebration of poetry's important place in our culture, and its impact on the lives of readers and artists working in other disciplines.

Poets Emergency Fund

The Academy of American Poets established a Poets Emergency Fund in 1985. The modest fund exists to help provide relief to an American poet of demonstrated ability who is experiencing a temporary and urgent financial crisis. Applications to the fund are not accepted.

Poets Forum

Poets Forum

October 20-23, 2016, the Academy of American Poets joined forces with the Geraldine R.

In 1996, the Academy launched the first major website dedicated to poetry, The site remains one of the top sites for poetry globally with tens of millions of visits each year.

The Blaney Lecture

Sharon Olds

The Blaney Lecture on contemporary poetry and poetics is offered annually in New York City by a prominent poet. Past lectures have been given by Sharon Olds, Joy Harjo, Richard Blanco, Carolyn Forche, Elizabeth Alexander, Susan Howe, and Anne Carson.