Poems for Winter, Harold Morton Landon Translation Award, and more

December 23, 2021

Poems for Winter

Spend some time reflecting on the change of season and landscape with these poems from Poets.org


[‘Tis the first snow—]” by Matsuo Basho
[Locked away we’re like a Russian novel:]” by Gabrielle Calvocoressi
The World” by Jennifer Chang
The Seasons Moralized” by Philip Freneau
The Sun in Bemidji, Minnesota” by Sean Hill 
To Winter” by Claude McKay
Self-Portrait in the Time of Disaster” by Deborah Paredez
Winter to Spring” by Irvin W. Underhill
January” by William Carlos Williams

Announcing the Thirteen Finalists 
of the 2022 National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students

The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce the thirteen finalists of the 2022 National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students. The winning student, to be determined by Nikki Grimes, New York Times-bestselling author and poet, and Rafael López, New York Times-bestselling illustrator, will have their artwork featured on 100,000 posters that will be distributed for free to schools, libraries, bookstores, and families nationwide for the April 2022 celebration of National Poetry Month. View the artwork of the thirteen finalists. 

There’s Still Time to Apply for the Literary Arts Emergency Fund

Nonprofit literary arts organizations and publishers experiencing continued financial losses due to COVID-19 can still apply to the Literary Arts Emergency Fund, which will provide unrestricted grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 in 2022. Applications are being accepted online until Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. EST
 
Kensington Healing Verse

“Our Story of Us” is the evolution of Philadelphia Poet Laureate and 2021 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow Trapeta B. Mayson’s Healing Verse Philly Poetry Line and her wellness workshops. Curated by Ryan Strand Greenberg, this collective poem was transformed into a neon sign and lifted to the rooftop of 2400 Kensington Avenue to serve as a beacon of strength, hope, and healing. On view December 2021 - December 2022. 
Apply for the 2022 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowships

The Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowships are $50,000 awards given to honor poets of literary merit appointed to serve in civic positions. The awards enable them to undertake meaningful, impactful, and innovative projects that engage their fellow residents, including youth, with poetry, helping to address issues important to their communities, as well as create new work. We are accepting applications for the 2022 fellowships from December 6, 2021 until February 18, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Find out more here.  
 

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: New Year’s Day Marathon

Check out our #PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: the 48th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon hosted by Poetry Coalition member The Poetry Project. Featuring virtual readings by over 160 poets and performers from around the world. Saturday, January 1, from 11 a.m. EST to midnight. Live captions and visual descriptions will be provided. Register here.
 
Apply for the 2022 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award

The Harold Morton Landon Translation Award is a $1,000 award recognizing a poetry collection translated from any language into English and published in the previous calendar year. The 2022 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award will be judged by David Shook. Learn more and apply here
 

  • Abrams Books in New York City is seeking a full-time Marketing & Publicity Assistant to support the Children’s Marketing and Publicity department in an administrative capacity. 
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  • Bakersfield College in Bakersfield, California, is seeking an English Instructor for the Rising Scholars Program. 
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  • Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, is seeking a Visiting Assistant Professor of English to begin teaching August 2022.
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Ilya Kaminsky on Poetry

“Look at a living poet and see: the momentary glimpses of the dead, they are alive again, endearing or obnoxious, humble or grieving, tender or stunned, in this space of a word.”

Read this interview with Ilya Kaminsky, author of Deaf Republic (Graywolf Press, 2019), and Poem-a-Day guest editor for December. 

Revisit last week’s Poem-a-Day selections with us on Poets.org:

December 12: “Minna (IX)” by Maxwell Bodenheim
December 13:  “What Is Not” by Arthur Solway
December 14: “何日/What Day” by Paisley Rekdal
December 15: “We Are All God’s Poems” by Philip Metres
December 16: “Vespers” by Meg Day
December 17: “three Black poems from August” by Danez Smith
December 18: “Snow” by Charles Bertram Johnson
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