The Lamont Fund, established in 1982 by Corliss Lamont, Class of 1920, supports the Academy Library's Lamont Poetry Series. Two poets are invited each year to give readings of their poetry and to attend English classes.
The first Lamont Poet, on April 27, 1983, was Jorge Luis Borges. He has been followed by many others, ranging from Denise Levertov and Seamus Heaney to Yusef Komunyakaa and C.K. Williams.
Each visiting poet is photographed and asked to present the library with a manuscript poem. These are then framed and hung in the office on the fourth floor of the library. An exhibit of memorabilia from the Lamont Poets was mounted at the library in the winter of 2005. A research guide has been created for those looking for additional information on each poet and can be accessed through "Research Guides" on the left column of the Library's website or by clicking here, on Lamont Poets Research Guide