“The word stanza means ‘room’ in Italian...and each stanza is like a room in a house, a lyric dwelling place,” writes Edward Hirsch in A Poet’s Glossary. Stanza is fully furnished with updates throughout the week about new jobs for poets, our Chancellors and programs, plus new essays, video and audio, lesson plans, and other poetry resources. Click each title below to read more.

Oct 15 2014

National Book Award Poetry Finalists Announced

The National Book Award Foundation announced the finalists in poetry today. They are former Academy Chancellor Louise Glück for Faithful and Virtuous Night (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Fanny Howe for Second Childhood (Graywolf Press), Maureen N.

Oct 13 2014
American Poets, Fall-Winter 2014

American Poets Is on the Way

The fall/winter issue of American Poets, featuring essays by Dana Levin, Rae Armantrout, and Jeffrey McDanielas well as poems by Carl Adamshick, CAConrad, Diane di Prima, Louise Glück, Edward Hirsch, and

Oct 10 2014
P.O.P. Video Series

P.O.P Video Featuring D. Nurkse

The eleventh video in our P.O.P series features award-winning poet D. Nurkse.

Oct 10 2014

Carolyn Kizer, 1924-2014

We were saddened to confirm that former Academy Chancellor Carolyn Kizer passed away on October 9, 2014. Kizer was the author of eight books of poetry, including Cool Calm & Collected (Copper Canyon Press, 2000) and Yin (1984), which won the Pulitzer Prize. She served as an Academy Chancellor from 1995 to 1998. 

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Oct 07 2014
Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric Released Today

Today Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine’s new poetry collection, Citizen: An American Lyric was published by Graywolf Press. The book is a long-awaited follow up to her collection Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press, 2004). Citizen: An American Lyric is longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award in Poetry, and Rankine was awarded this year's Jackson Poetry Prize, given by Poets & Writers.

Oct 06 2014
Juan Felipe Herrera at Poets Forum

Poets Forum Is Next Week: October 16-18

This year at Poets Forum, don't miss a rare opportunity to see the Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets come together on one stage to read their poems. The Chancellors Reading—featuring Toi Derricotte, Mark Doty, Marilyn Hacker, Juan Felipe Herrera, Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Khaled Mattawa, Naomi Shihab Nye, Claudia Rankine, Alberto Ríos, Arthur Sze, and C. D.

Oct 01 2014

Submit to the Walt Whitman Award

There's only one month left to submit your manuscript to our Walt Whitman Award. The winner receives $5,000, publication of his or her manuscript by the award-winning Graywolf Press, an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in the Umbrian region of Italy, and a trip to New York City to attend the American Poets Prizes Ceremony.

Oct 01 2014
National Poetry Day 2014 Poster by Anthony Burrill

National Poetry Day U.K.

Happy National Poetry Day to our friends in the United Kingdom. In celebration of the event, we will tweet popular poems by U.K. poets on @Poetsorg. Join our friends across the pond by tweeting your favorite U.K. poems with the hashtag #thinkofapoem. 

Sep 16 2014

2014 National Book Award Longlist in Poetry Announced

Today the National Book Foundation announced its longlist in poetry. The ten contenders for the award include this year’s James Laughlin Award winner A Several World (Nightboat Books) by Brian Blanchfield, as well as Gabriel: A Poem (Alfred A. Knopf) by Edward Hirsch and Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press) by Claudia Rankine, who along with Hirsch currently serves on our Board of Chancellors.

Sep 02 2014

A Poet Remembers Journalist James Foley

Daniel Johnson's poem "In the Absence of Sparrows,” written for his friend—the journalist James Foley—was featured in Poem-a-Day on September 3, 2014.