Announcing the 2022 Poet Laureate Fellows

August 2, 2022

The Academy of American Poets Awards
$1.1 million to its 2022 Poet Laureate Fellows

Today we announced that we are awarding a combined total of $1.1 million to our 2022 Poet Laureate Fellows. These 22 individuals, each of whom will receive $50,000, have been named poets laureate of states, cities, and counties, and have made positive contributions to their communities in these roles and beyond. Funds will support their respective public poetry programs in the year ahead as presented in their proposals to the Academy. In addition, we will provide a total of $72,200 to eight local 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that have agreed to support the Fellows’ proposed projects. 
 

August Birthdays
 
Celebrate the beginning of August by reading work from a few poets born this month: 

Untitled” by James Baldwin (August 2, 1924)
Sonnet Reversed” by Rupert Brooke (August 3, 1887)
Around Us” by Marvin Bell (August 3, 1937)
Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden (August 4, 1913)
Twilights, V” by Conrad Aiken (August 5, 1889)
August Moonrise” by Sara Teasdale (August 8, 1884)
Somebody’s Song” by Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893)
“If I’m working with difficult material, difficult memories, sensitive memories… It’s like, how can I create something where the shape and the sound feels good to me, it feels pleasing to me? ” 

Donika Kelly is the author of The Renunciations (Graywolf Press, 2021), a winner of the 2022 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. Read and listen to Kelly discuss the Poem-a-Day curatorial approach and more on Poets.org
 
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#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week
 
Check out our #PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: an afternoon of poetry hosted by the Hudson Valley Writers Center, featuring Pulitzer Prize Finalist and the 2017 Academy of American Poets Walt Whitman Award Winner Mai Der Vang, along with Suzanne Frischkorn and Jennifer Elise Foerster. Sunday, August 7, at 4 p.m. ET. Register for this free, virtual event here. 

Watch and listen to Darrel Alejandro Holnes read “ba•by” as part of the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation’s Read By series of poetry films.
 First Book Award 
 
Submissions for the First Book Award are open and will be accepted online until September 1, 2022. Eduardo C. Corral will judge the 2023 Academy of American Poets First Book Award, the most generous first-book prize for poetry in the U.S. The winning manuscript will be published by Graywolf Press and the winning poet will receive a paid residency at Civitella Ranieri. 
 
  • Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, is seeking a tenure-track professor in classics
     
  • Scribner Books in New York City is seeking a full-time publicist
Revisit last week’s Poem-a-Day selections with us on Poets.org:

July 24: “The Sheaves” by Edwin Arlington Robinson
July 25: “Uvalde Shooting Highlights Role of Doors in Security Plans” by Deborah Paredez
July 26: “Document” by Uche Nduka
July 27: “Why Do You Love the Poem?” by Charles Bernstein 
July 28: “the intimacies of what will be called our sacred alliance without history” by Simone White 
July 29: from “Consequences upon Arrival” by Saretta Morgan
July 30: “[I seek for rhythmic whisperings]” by Zinaida Gippius, translated by Babette Deutsch and Avrahm Yarmolinsky
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