WWB is thrilled to announce a content partnership with the Academy of American Poets, who will be sharing poems in translation originally published in Words Without Borders on Poets.org. An initial sampler of poems includes works by Amarjit Chandan, Navtej Bharati, Yao Feng, Agnes Lam, Nhã Thuyên, and Ajmer Rode.
WWB executive director Karen M. Phillips said, “We’re delighted and honored that poets featured on WWB will now reach millions of readers on Poets.org, while contributing to the breadth of this important platform for poetry.”
Jennifer Benka, executive director of the Academy of American Poets, said, “We’re thrilled to share more work written by poets in other countries with American readers, celebrate the importance of translation, and promote cultural understanding. For the past fifteen years, Words Without Borders has led the way in demonstrating how literature might promote empathy, which is something we care deeply about as well. To partner with them is an honor.”
Other content partners of the Academy of American Poets include Hayden’s Ferry Review, Tin House, The Cincinnati Review, Kenyon Review, and Quarterly West.
We will be celebrating the partnership at this evening’s event, featuring Punjabi poet Ajmer Rode in conversation with Rafia Zakaria at the Astoria Bookshop in New York City.
The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets. The organization produces Poets.org, the world’s largest publicly funded website for poets and poetry; originated and organizes National Poetry Month; publishes the popular Poem-a-Day series and American Poets magazine; creates and distributes Teach This Poem and other award-winning resources for K-12 educators; hosts an annual series of poetry readings and special events; and awards the American Poets Prizes. In addition, the Academy of American Poets coordinates a national Poetry Coalition working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.