The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $2.2 million to the American Academy of Poets. Funding will be divided into two grants, one of which will start a new fellowship supporting poet laureates of US states, cities, territories, or tribal nations. The second grant will go to the Poetry Coalition, a national alliance of more than 20 poetry organizations, to support the coalition's work and to fund part-time paid positions at select member organizations.
Elizabeth Alexander, the president of the Mellon Foundation and a poet herself, said it was the largest donation the foundation has ever awarded for poetry.
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Published: January 22, 2019