Announcing the Inaugural Guggenheim Poet-in-Residence, Maya Angelou poems, and more

January 11, 2022

Maya Angelou First Black Woman on U.S. Quarter

Join us in celebrating Maya Angelou’s legacy by reading her work on Poets.org: 

Still I Rise” 
Alone” 
On the Pulse of Morning” 
Phenomenal Woman” (audio only)

The Maya Angelou design is the first in the American Women Quarters Program. Poet, playwright, memoirist, and civil rights activist, Angelou received the National Medal of Arts in 2000. In 2010, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. Read more about Angelou here

Announcing the Inaugural Guggenheim Museum Poet-in-Residence 

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, in collaboration with the Academy of American Poets, announced today that Taylor Johnson has been selected as the inaugural Poet-in-Residence for 2022. As Poet-in-Residence, Johnson will work with Guggenheim staff to develop and organize a yearlong series of public programs. Read more about Taylor Johnson and his work here

In Case You Missed An Evening of Poetry for Etel Adnan

Watch a recording of an Evening of Poetry for Etel Adnan with readings by Ammiel Alcalay, Omar Berrada, Stephen Motika, Asiya Wadud, and Anne Waldman, presented by the Guggenheim in collaboration with the Academy of American Poets on January 10, 2022. 

“It is with poetry and other forms of creative writing that we share our stories, our truths, and our individual selves, and when we share this with others in the community, we bridge barriers, gaps, and divides whether geographically, emotionally, or other. It can let us know that we’re not alone in this, and that each of us has a voice with a purpose.”

Read this interview with 2021 Poet Laureate Fellow, Georgina Marie Guardado, on her work in Lake County, California.

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.  
 

Sponsored Content

Poet John Murillo will be joined by actors for the annual celebration of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This free, virtual event will feature new poetry alongside historical speeches from Dr. King and others. As the nation embraces a conversation on race and institutional racism, Folger Poetry shares these incredible speeches and poems with the public. Learn more.

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.

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Mapping Indigenous Poetry

Check out our #PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Mapping Indigenous Poetry, an online evening conversation with Academy of American Poets Chancellor Joy Harjo, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, and Layli Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota). Hosted by 516 ARTS. Wednesday, January 12, at 7:30 p.m. MST / 9:30 p.m. EST. Register here

Apply for the 2022 Ambroggio Prize

The Ambroggio Prize is a $1,000 publication prize given for a book-length poetry manuscript originally written in Spanish and with an English translation. The winning manuscript is published by University of Arizona Press. The 2022 Ambroggio Prize will be judged by Raina J. León. Learn more and apply here.

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:

January 2: “Here in the Time of the Winter Morn” by William Moore
January 3:  “April Moon” by Cathy Song
January 4: from “Begin Again” by Truong Tran
January 5: “Acedia Sestina” by Rohan Chhetri
January 6: “Man Praying—Encroachment” by Celeste Guzmán Mendoza
January 7: “Red Delicious” by Jerome Ellison Murphy
January 8: “[The faint shadow of the morning moon?]” by Yone Noguchi
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