"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.'"
"Mellon Foundation Grants $2.2 Million to Academy of American Poets," The New York Times, January 15, 2019
"AAP Gets $2.2 Million In the Name of Poetry," Publishers Weekly, January 15, 2019
"$2.2M Mellon Gants Will Boost Local Poetry Programs," Boston Globe, January 15, 2019
"'Poetry Survives.' Behind a Big Gift to Support and Reimagine a Frequently Underfunded Field," Inside Philanthropy, January 17, 2019
"5 Writers of Color Who Should Win the Poets Laureate Fellowship," Color Lines, January 17, 2019