The Academy of American Poets on Wednesday announced the 13 recipients of its inaugural Poets Laureate Fellowships, a program to promote creative projects around the country.
The fellowships are financed by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which awarded $2.2 million to the academy in January.
The poets laureate, from 10 states, will receive a combined amount over $1 million to establish projects like podcasts, writing workshops and poetry readings in their communities and support civic programs in the next year.
[Read more about the states’ poets laureate here.]
The grants range from $50,000 to $100,000 each, and funding determinations were made by the academy’s board of directors. Decisions “were based on the panel’s evaluation forms and the scope and reach of the proposed civic projects,” said Jennifer Benka, the executive director of the Academy of American Poets, who is also a board member.
The 13 recipients include Grace Cavalieri, the poet laureate of Maryland; Paisley Rekdal, Utah; Adrian Matejka, Indiana; Jaki Shelton Green, North Carolina; Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Oklahoma; and Claudia Castro Luna, Washington. The others are the poet laureate of Nevada County, Calif., Molly Fisk; Fred L. Joiner of Carrboro, N.C.; Robin Coste Lewis of Los Angeles; Ed Madden of Columbia, S.C.; Raquel Salas Rivera of Philadelphia; Kim Shuck of San Francisco; and TC Tolbert of Tucson.
The Academy of American Poets was founded in 1934 and aims to bolster poetry through outlets like American Poets magazine, National Poetry Month and the Poem-a-Day program.