Poems for the New Year, California Seeks Poet Laureate, and more

January 4, 2022

Poems for the New Year

Celebrate the start of the new year with these poems from Poets.org: 

The New Year” by Carrie Williams Clifford
New Year’s Eve in Addis” by Kwame Dawes
Counting, This New Year’s Morning, What Powers Yet Remain To Me” by Jane Hirshfield
The Leash” by Ada Limón
The New Decade” by Hieu Minh Nguyen
Burning the Old Year” by Naomi Shihab Nye
Elegy in Joy [excerpt]” by Muriel Rukeyser 
Good Bones” by Maggie Smith 
Deadline Approaching: 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 tomorrow, Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. EST

California Seeks Poet Laureate 

The California Arts Council is seeking nominations for the next California Poet Laureate. The poet laureate position was established in California on June 30, 1915. Learn more about the criteria and nomination requirements here. Nominations will be accepted through January 28, 2022, at 5 p.m.

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: An Evening of Poetry for Etel Adnan

Check out our #PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: an evening of poetry for Etel Adnan with readings by Ammiel Alcalay, Omar Berrada, Stephen MotikaAsiya Wadud, and Anne Waldman. Presented by the Guggenheim in collaboration with the Academy of American Poets. This free, virtual program will also serve as the launch of the museum’s year-long poetry initiative with the announcement of its inaugural Poet-in Residence. Monday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Register here

Apply for the 2022 Raiziss/de Palchi Book Prize

The $10,000 Raiziss/de Palchi Book Prize will be given in 2022 for the translation into English of a significant work of modern Italian poetry. The judges for the 2022 Raiziss/de Palchi Book Prize are Nick Benson, Moira Egan, and Graziella Sidoli. Learn more and apply here. Apply by February 15, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

  • Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington D.C. is seeking a full-time Director of Events to oversee author talks. To apply, email a resume to jobs@politics-prose.com.
  • Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, is seeking a full-time Professor of Creative Writing.
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  • Ripon College in Wisconsin is seeking Wisconsin’s Own Library Poet in Residence to teach one poetry class and hold three public readings of current work, among other responsibilities. To apply, send a letter of intent, ten to twenty sample pages of poetry, a curriculum vitae, professional references, and sample course evaluations to Amy Stephens at poetinresidence@ripon.edu.

Listen to Joseph O. Legaspi discuss his curatorial approach and his own creative work. Legaspi is the author of Threshold (CavanKerry Press, 2017) and Poem-a-Day guest editor for January. 

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

December 26: “Velvet Shoes” by Elinor Wylie
December 27:  “Vaccinated” by Jericho Brown
December 28: “Weather Forecast” by Adélia Prado
December 29: “Memorial Hoops” by Reginald Dwayne Betts
December 30: “Venus de Milo: On Being Rediscovered” by Karen Head
December 31: “Farewell” by Federico García Lorca
January 1: “The New Year” by Carrie Williams Clifford
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