• Master class with Taylor Mali. Photo by Pat Swain.

The “On Teaching” Poem Prize

The Academy for Teachers offered the “On Teaching” Poem Prize in 2019 in partnership with the Academy of American Poets, the largest membership-based nonprofit organization advocating for American poets and poetry. This unique prize encouraged poetic expression about the rich experience of K-12 teaching. The winning poem earned a $1,000 prize and was published in the Academy of American Poets’ popular Poem-a-Day series and on Poets.org. A finalist was also chosen and awarded $500.


The judge for the “On Teaching” Poem Prize was Academy of American Poets education ambassador Richard Blanco.

Dante Di Stefano, first prize for “Prompts (for High School Teachers Who Write Poetry)”

Dante Di Stefano received a PhD in English from Binghamton University. He is the author of Ill Angels (Etruscan Press, 2019) and Love Is a Stone Endlessly in Flight (Brighthorse Books, 2016). A poetry editor for DIALOGIST, Di Stefano lives in Endwell, New York.

Jonathan Farmer, finalist for “Haw River Meditation”

Jonathan Farmer is the author of That Peculiar Affirmative: On the Social Life of Poems (Stephen F. Austin, 2019) and the poetry editor and editor in chief of At Length. He teaches middle and high school English and lives in Durham, NC.