New York, NY (December 20, 2023)—The Guggenheim Museum and the Academy of American Poets are launching an open call for the third annual Poet-in-Residence position, seeking a contemporary poet with a strong interest in art and public engagement. The selected Poet-in-Residence, working with the Guggenheim and the Academy of American Poets, will create and fulfill a project that takes poetry beyond the page and enlivens the museum experience for visitors and audiences. Poetry has long been celebrated at the Guggenheim, beginning with the Academy of American Poets’ presentation of poetry readings in the Peter B. Lewis Theater in 1963.
The Guggenheim established the Poet-in-Residence program in collaboration with the Academy of American Poets in 2021, aiming to create enriching experiences with and through poetry, while considering the museum as an active public space for people to gather and develop visionary ideas and a sense of community. Poet Ama Codjoe was appointed the position in 2023 following Taylor Johnson, the inaugural recipient in 2022.
The 2024 Poet-in-Residence will play a core role in the Guggenheim’s public programming throughout the year and will participate in events that may include on-site readings, workshops, and other activations in the museum. The selected poet will receive a $20,000 honorarium.
The residency is a hybrid arrangement through December 31, 2024, and the appointed Poet-in-Residence must be able to travel to the Guggenheim’s New York City location as needed for planning meetings beginning in 2024. Candidates for the Poet-in-Residence position must be at least 21 years old and have published a collection of poetry or have a history of spoken word performances. The recipient will be selected by five panelists and applications will be accepted from December 20, 2023, through January 31, 2024. View the full eligibility guidelines and submit an application through the Poet-in-Residence Initiative page.
The panelists will include Laili Amighi, Manager of Public Programs and Adult Learning at the Guggenheim Museum; Kyle Dacuyan, poet and former executive director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s; Nicole Cecilia Delgado, poet, translator, and book artist; Rachel Eliza Griffiths, multi-media artist, novelist, and NAACP Image Award-nominated poet; and Ricardo Maldonado, President and Executive Director of the Academy of American Poets.
The Guggenheim Poet-in-Residence is made possible by Van Cleef & Arpels.
About the Academy of American Poets
Celebrating its ninetieth anniversary in 2024, the Academy of American Poets is a leading publisher of contemporary poetry and a champion of poets across the country. The organization annually awards more funds to individual poets than any other organization through its prize program, giving a total of $1.25 million to more than two hundred poets at various stages of their careers. The organization also produces Poets.org, the world’s largest publicly funded website for poets and poetry; organizes National Poetry Month; publishes the popular Poem-a-Day series and American Poets magazine; provides award-winning resources to K–12 educators, including the Teach This Poem series; hosts an annual series of poetry readings and special events; and coordinates a national Poetry Coalition working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture.
About the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation was established in 1937 and is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary art through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. The international constellation of museums includes the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; and the future Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. An architectural icon and “temple of spirit” where radical art and architecture meet, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is now among a group of eight Frank Lloyd Wright structures in the United States recently designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. To learn more about the museum and the Guggenheim’s activities around the world, visit guggenheim.org.
About Van Cleef & Arpels
Founded at Paris’ 22 Place Vendôme in 1906, Van Cleef & Arpels came into being following Estelle Arpels’ marriage to Alfred Van Cleef in 1895. With a blend of inventiveness and poetry, Van Cleef & Arpels perpetuates a highly distinctive style. Its selection of exceptional gems that instill an emotion and the savoir-faire of its craftsmen have given birth to enchanting jewelry and watchmaking collections. Whether inspired by nature, couture, dance, or imaginary worlds, the Maison opens the gate to a timeless universe of beauty and harmony. Van Cleef & Arpels’ constant commitment to creation also finds expression in its various activities as a partner and patron in the cultural field. Reflecting the Maison’s attachment to values of transmission and sharing, these initiatives take place in sectors that it holds dear: they include heritage protection, fine and decorative arts, design, ballet, and poetry.