Joy Harjo is Nation's First Native American Poet Laureate
The author and performer says that “words are powerful and can make change.”
Naomi Shihab Nye Is New Young People's Poet Laureate
The poet is the first Arab American to hold the title.
5 Writers of Color Who Should Win the Poets Laureate Fellowship
The Academy of American Poets’ new grant program will support the poets who head arts initiatives for cities, tribes and states across the country.
How Tracy K. Smith Uses Poetry to Confront Racial Injustice
The New York Times Magazine followed the U.S. poet laureate as she toured the South, using poetry to launch conversations about racism.
Tracy K. Smith Named 22nd U.S. Poet Laureate
Smith earned a Pulitzer Prize for her 2011 outer space-inspired poetry collection, “Life on Mars.”