Mellon Foundation Grants $2.2 Million to Academy of American Poets

"It is by far the largest donation the Mellon Foundation has ever made in honor of the art form, said Elizabeth Alexander, the president of the Mellon Foundation, who is a poet herself. 'Philanthropy hasn’t done a lot for poetry,' she said. 'But on the other hand, poetry survives no matter what.'"


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