Announcing the Academy of American Poets Prize Winners

September 20, 2022
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 American Poets Prizes, which are among the most valuable and venerable poetry prizes in the United States. This year, the Academy has awarded more funds to poets than any other organization globally, giving a total of $1,288,000 to poets at various stages of their careers. Read about the winners, which include Marilyn Nelson and Mai Der Vang. 
 
Poems for Autumn Equinox

Equinox” by Elizabeth Alexander 
Fall Leaves Fall” by Emily Brontë
To the Fig Tree on 9th and Christian” by Ross Gay
Before Sleep” by Elsa Gidlow 
Sweet Are The Dreams on The Breeze-Blown Strand” by Sadakichi Hartmann
To Autumn” by John Keats 
O Autumn, Autumn!” by Effie Lee Newsome
The Blower of Leaves” by January Gill O’Neil 
Autumn” by Alexander Posey 
Russet” by Kevin Young 
#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week
 
Check out our #PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Dead Poets Live present “Let Us Go Then,” a semi-dramatized staging of many of Eliot’s greatest poems in celebration of the centenary of The Waste Land. Saturday, September 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Gloucester Stage Company in Gloucester, MA (267 E. Main St., Gloucester, MA 01930). Cast to be announced. Buy tickets here. (Sponsored).
 
Guggenheim Museum 2023 Poet-in-Residence

Submissions are still open for the Guggenheim Museum’s 2023 Poet-in-Residence. Working with the Guggenheim’s Public Programs department, the poet-in-residence will design activations and experiences with poetry as an artistic form for the museum’s adult, teen, and youth audiences. Applications are being accepted through October 16. View the full eligibility guidelines on the Poet-in-Residence Initiative page and submit all materials through Submittable.  
Submissions are open for the Alta California Chapbook Contest, edited by Emma Trelles, 2022 Poet Laureate Fellow. Latinx writers residing in California are invited to submit their manuscripts. Two winning manuscripts, selected by Francisco Aragón, will be published in bilingual editions by Gunpowder Press. Deadline is October 3. Read more about submission guidelines

Enter the 2023 Treehouse Climate Action Poem Prize

The Treehouse Climate Action Poem Prize is given to honor exceptional poems that help make real for readers the gravity of the vulnerable state of our environment. First place receives $1,000; second place, $750; and third place, $500. Winning poems will be featured in our popular Poem-a-Day series. The 2023 Treehouse Climate Action Poem Prize will be judged by climate scientist and author Dr. Peter Kalmus and poet Matthew Olzmann. Learn more and apply here, by November 15, 2022 (11:59 p.m. ET). 
 
“It’s not just a lament or a protest, but an awareness that extends beyond the frame of the poem.”

Cynthia Hogue is the author of ten poetry collections, including instead, it is dark (Red Hen Press, 2023). Read and listen to Hogue discuss the Poem-a-Day curatorial approach and more on Poets.org
 
Watch and listen to Moncho Ollin Alvarado read Aracelis Girmay’s poem “The Black Maria” as part of the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation’s Read By series of poetry films.
Revisit last week’s Poem-a-Day selections with us on Poets.org:

September 11: “Fête Gallante” by Marcantonio Flaminio
September 12: “On Reading Allen Ginsberg’s Homework” by Andrea Carter Brown 
September 13: “Last Privacy” by Scott Hightower
September 14: “God Was Willing Sis: I’m Home” by Mona Lisa Saloy
September 15: “Fatherland” by Liana Sakelliou
September 16:  “Feti’s Border Crossing” by Alan Michael Parker 
September 17: “kretek-ing” by Zahid M. Naser
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