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Mattawa, Ríos Named Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets
The Academy of American Poets announced today that noted translator Khaled Mattawa and Arizona poet laureate Alberto Ríos have been elected Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets, an honorary position that has been held by some of the most distinguished poets in the United States, including Marianne Moore, W. H. Auden, Elizabeth Bishop, Lucille Clifton, Adrienne Rich, Yusef Komunyakaa, and John Ashbery.
As members of the Board of Chancellors, Mattawa and Ríos will consult with the organization on matters of artistic programming, serve as judges for the organization’s largest prizes for poets, and act as ambassadors of poetry in the world at large. Mattawa and Ríos were selected by the 15 members of the Academy’s current Board of Chancellors, and each will serve for a period of six years. They will fill the seats vacated by Victor Hernández Cruz and Ron Padgett, whose terms as Chancellors have concluded.
Congratulations to Mattawa and Ríos! You can read the full press release here.