The Academy of American Poets is for people who love poetry. Our membership is nearly 9,000 strong and growing, and our programs reach over 20 million people every year. Our programs include Poets.org, the Poets Forum, Poem in Your Pocket Day, National Poetry Month, American Poet magazine, the Poem-A-Day email series, the Poetry Audio Archive, educational initiatives, readings and events, awards and prizes, and so much more. We’ve been doing this since 1934, and we still think it's fun.

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From “The Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams: 

so much depends 
upon 
a red wheel 
barrow

From “The Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams:

so much depends

upon

a red wheel

barrow

This week’s Poem-a-Day program is curated by Academy Chancellor, Edward Hirsch. Today’s new poem is "Shakespeare’s Horse" by Joseph Harrison. 

This week’s Poem-a-Day program is curated by Academy Chancellor, Edward Hirsch. Today’s new poem is "Shakespeare’s Horse" by Joseph Harrison. 

This week’s Poem-a-Day program is curated by Academy Chancellor, Edward Hirsch. Today’s new poem is "Corruptive" by Olena Kalytiak Davis.

This week’s Poem-a-Day program is curated by Academy Chancellor, Edward Hirsch. Today’s new poem is "Corruptive" by Olena Kalytiak Davis.

Way to go Washington! Governor Jay Inslee has declared April National Poetry Month in Washington and is hoping the state will use poetry as a way to send solace and well wishes to the communities affected by the mudslide in Oso. 

Way to go Washington! Governor Jay Inslee has declared April National Poetry Month in Washington and is hoping the state will use poetry as a way to send solace and well wishes to the communities affected by the mudslide in Oso. 

ONE WEEK UNTIL DEADLINE!!

poetsorg:

Remember, you have until April 15 to submit to our Poetry Unites essay contest.

ONE WEEK UNTIL DEADLINE!!

poetsorg:

Remember, you have until April 15 to submit to our Poetry Unites essay contest.

80 & fab! The Academy of American Poets has a new look, a new Poem-a-Day syndication deal with King Features, and a new Poets.org forthcoming later this month. Happy National Poetry Month indeed!

80 & fab! The Academy of American Poets has a new look, a new Poem-a-Day syndication deal with King Features, and a new Poets.org forthcoming later this month. Happy National Poetry Month indeed!

Breaking news! We are so excited to share that the Academy of American Poets has signed a deal with King Features to bring daily poems back to newspapers and magazines. Poem-a-Day is being syndicated! 

Breaking news! We are so excited to share that the Academy of American Poets has signed a deal with King Features to bring daily poems back to newspapers and magazines. Poem-a-Day is being syndicated

The National Student Poets are hitting the road this National Poetry Month to share their love of poetry throughout the United States. Read all about their exciting adventures!

The National Student Poets are hitting the road this National Poetry Month to share their love of poetry throughout the United States. Read all about their exciting adventures!

Meryl Streep, Tina Fey, Patrick Stewart, Carrie Mae Weems, Chip Kidd, Julianna Margulies, Esperanza Spalding, Kevin Kline, Rosie Perez, and others will perform poems from the past 80 years to celebrate the Academy of American Poets’ 80th anniversary and the relaunch of Poets.org. You’re invited!

Meryl Streep, Tina Fey, Patrick Stewart, Carrie Mae Weems, Chip Kidd, Julianna Margulies, Esperanza Spalding, Kevin Kline, Rosie Perez, and others will perform poems from the past 80 years to celebrate the Academy of American Poets’ 80th anniversary and the relaunch of Poets.org. You’re invited!