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Founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry.

American Poets Magazine

Spring-Summer 2019

Featuring poems, interviews, and essays by some of today’s most acclaimed and influential poets:

  • A Q&A with new chancellors Joy Harjo and Natasha Trethewey
  • An interview with the scholars behind Anne Sexton's recovered poems
  • Essays by Chancellors Khaled Mattawa, Brenda Hillman, and Alberto Rios on Poetry & Democracy
  • Selected poems from new books by Carl Adamshick, T. J. Anderson III, Caroline Knox, Dorianne Laux, Sally Wen Mao, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Arthur Sze
  • Reviews for twelve of the most anticipated books of the year

... and much more

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Poetry & the Creative Mind

Poem-a-Day is the original and only daily digital poetry series featuring over 200 new, previously unpublished poems by today’s talented poets each year.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 poems have been chosen for inclusion in the Best American Poetry Series. The series highlights classic poems on weekends.

The Academy of American Poets supports American poets and fosters the appreciation of contemporary poetry by pproducing Poets.orgPoem-a-DayNational 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. 


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. The event—Poetry & the Creative Mind— features leading and legendary actors, dancers, artists, musicians, and public figures on one stage sharing their favorite poems.

National 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 New York City residents to select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day.


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