The Academy of American Poets Awards $1.1 Million to twenty-three Poets Laureate

June 8, 2021

The Academy of American Poets Awards $1.1 Million to twenty-three Poets Laureate Across the Country

The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce its 2021 Poets Laureate Fellows! These twenty-three individuals who currently serve as Poets Laureate of states and cities across the United States will be leading public poetry programs in their respective communities.  Read more about the fellows and their projects

Poems for Graduation


Many students across the country are celebrating their end of year accomplishments. Read and share these poems for graduation from Poets.org

For the Graduation [Bolinas, 1972]” by Robert Creeley
Dreams” by Langston Hughes
A New Year's Greeting to a College Senior” by George Marion McClellan
Move” by Alicia Ostriker
Ongoing” by Jenny Xie
Aspiration” by Henrietta Cordelia Ray

More Content for Pride Month     

To celebrate and honor Pride Month, we’ve curated this selection of poems, audio, videos, essays, books, and more highlighting LGBTQ voices and experiences. 

Nicole Sealey reads Catherine Barnett’s poem “Apophasis at the All-Night Rite Aid,” as part of the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation’s Read By series of poetry films.
#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: The Launch of Worldly Things by Michael Kleber-Diggs, Winner of the 2020 Max Ritvo Poetry Prize

Check out our #PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: The Max Ritvo Poetry Prize Presentsfeaturing Michael Kleber Diggs in conversation with Academy Chancellor Tracy. K. Smith for the official launch of Worldly Things, the 2020 winner of the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize. Co-presented by the Academy of American Poets, Milkweed Editions, Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, and the Alan B. Slifka Foundation. Tonight, June 8, at 7 p.m. EDT. Watch the livestream on Facebook
 

The 2021–2022 Poetry Coalition Fellowships

The Poetry Coalition, a network of over twenty-five poetry organizations coordinated by the Academy of American Poets, is pleased to announce the 2021–2022 Poetry Coalition Fellowships, which are paid fellowship positions for five individuals who will each assist a different Poetry Coalition organization for twenty hours per week over the course of a forty-week period. Applications will be accepted until July 6. 

  • PEN/Faulkner Foundation in Washington, D. C., is seeking a Literary Education Programs Assistant to join its Education Programs team for a paid internship beginning in September 2021. 
     
  • University of South Florida in Tampa is seeking a full-time Visiting Instructor in English to teach a 4/4 load. 
     
  • Yale University Press in New Haven, Connecticut, is seeking a full-time Online Marketing Manager to create digital marketing strategies. 
 In this short Q&A, June Poem-a-Day guest editor, Anaïs Duplan, author of Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture (Black Ocean, 2020), discusses their curatorial approach and their own creative work. 
Revisit last week’s Poem-a-Day selections with us on Poets.org:

May 30: “Looking at the Moon After Rain” by Li Po, translated by Florence Ayscough and Amy Lowell 
May 31: “i love you to the moon &” by Chen Chen 
June 1: “All Along, I Laid, Halved” by Ayesha Raees
June 2: “Ways to Disappear” by Camille Rankine
June 3: “Last Best Niche” by Cyrée Jarelle Johnson
June 4: “(telling)” by danilo machado
June 5: “Ode to the Sun” by Eloise Bibb Thompson
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