Tree Swenson is the former President/Executive Director of the Academy of American Poets, which sponsors National Poetry Month and presents the Poets.org website, among many other programs. Swenson’s background in the literary arts includes 20 years as Publisher and Executive Director of Copper Canyon Press, a literary press focusing on poetry, which she co-founded in 1972. Swenson also served for 5 years as Director of Programs for the Massachusetts Cultural Council, where she oversaw grants in all arts disciplines for organizations, artists, schools, and communities. Swenson attended the University of California at Santa Barbara and holds a Masters of Public Administration degree from the Kennedy School at Harvard.

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