By Sara Aridi The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $2.2 million to the Academy of American Poets. It is by far the largest donation the Mellon Foundation has ever made in honor of the art form, said Elizabeth Alexander, the president of the Mellon Foundation, who is a poet herself. “Philanthropy hasn’t done a lot […]

Poetry Ain’t Dead

Literature, Ezra Pound once said, is news that stays news. And for America’s state poets laureate, the news cycle has been churning since earlier this month, when Valerie Macon, North Carolina’s newly appointed laureate, resigned abruptly after an outcry from several of her predecessors. To the former laureates and other detractors, Gov. Pat McCrory’s choice of Ms. […]

Mary Oliver, Gone

Mary Oliver, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet died Jan. 17 2019 at her home in Hobe Sound, Fla. She was 83. From the Washington Post: A prolific writer who published a new collection almost every other year, Ms. Oliver was a rarity in modern American literature — a best-selling poet, so popular she was interviewed by […]

Teaching Poetry in Spanish

To celebrate the launch of a new MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish, Hofstra University is presenting a daylong writing and literature symposium on Thursday, November 15, featuring celebrated authors from the US, Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, and Venezuela. Poets and writers will read excerpts of their works in bilingual format and […]

2018 POEM A DAY, Guest editors…

EMILY POLSON12-14-17 The Poem-a-Day series will be guest-edited by twelve contemporary poets in 2018, the Academy of American Poets announced on December 12. Each will curate a month of the free daily poetry subscription. The announcement on Poets.org states that the decision to appoint guest editors aims to broaden the scope of the publication. The new […]

Poetry Jobs in 2018

What is rarer than a good poem is a good job for a poet.  Here are some openings for American poets in 2018. Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, seeks a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Languages & Literature with specialization in American poetry to begin in August 2018. read more Cal Performances, based […]