At 826 National, we work to reach students beyond the classroom to encourage young people to use the power of their voices, which is why we’re so excited to partner with the Academy of American Poets on their annual multimedia project, Dear Poet. Together, we’re inviting students grades 5-12 to write letters in response to poems written and read by award-winning poets.

“At 826, we think a lot about the question of who gets to learn to write in this country. We also think about what impact the answer to that question has on the personal, academic, and professional trajectories of lives, and of our communities. We know the transformative power and possibility of writing, and certainly of poetry,” shared 826 National CEO Laura Brief.

Partnering with the Academy of American Poets, we’re excited to support the dialogue between young writers and distinguished poets in classrooms nationwide, and to champion teachers and the words of their students in the process.

—826 National CEO, Laura Brief

Read to learn more about our partnership.

Free supplementary resources from 826 Digital are now available online:

Dear Poet 2024 is accepting submissions beginning today, January 11, through April 22, 2024.  Poems in both English and Spanish are included in the series to encourage participation from bilingual students.

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