Poets Forum

Poets Forum
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Each fall the Academy of American Poets presents a series of events over three days in New York City that explore the ever-changing landscape of contemporary poetry in America.

Poets Forum features readings and talks given by the award-winning poets who serve on our organization's Board of Chancellors, panels of poets discussing craft and process, and a keynote lecture given by an acclaimed poet. Poets Forum also features the Academy of American Poets Prizes ceremony and other receptions.

This year's Poets Forum was held October 16-18, 2014, and was hosted in partnership with the creative writing programs at The New School and New York University.




We’re happy to copresent a reception and special screening of Poetry Unites, a series of short films celebrating New Yorkers’ passion for their favorite poems. The films feature the four winners of the New York State Poetry Unites contest, which was inspired by Robert Pinsky’s Favorite Poem project and was a collaboration between the Academy of American Poets, filmmaker Ewa Zadrzynska, New York State Poet Laureate Marie Howe, philanthropist Corinne Evens, Director of the New York State Writers Institute Donald Faulkner, and NYS Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education Jeffrey W. Cannell.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP before October 13th by emailing: newyork.rsvp@msz.gov.pl with your first and last name, and email address. ID needed at the door.

New Location: Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York City, 233 Madison Avenue (at the corner of 37th Street)


Help us celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Academy of American Poets at a special reception for All-Events Passholders with some of the award-winning poets who serve on our Board of Chancellors.

*All-Events Passholders Only

The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York University, 566 LaGuardia Place

THE CHANCELLORS READING, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Join us for an unforgettable evening as the Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets come together on one stage to share their poems. The event features Toi Derricotte, Marilyn Hacker, Juan Felipe Herrera, Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Khaled Mattawa, Naomi Shihab Nye, Claudia Rankine, Alberto Ríos, Arthur Sze, Anne Waldman, and C. D. Wright.

The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York University, 566 LaGuardia Place

To purchase individual tickets to The Chancellors Reading, please visit the NYU Skirball Box Office online.



From Publishing to Promotion, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
An exploration of the publishing process, from submitting your poems to marketing your work, with Kelly Forsythe (Copper Canyon Press Director of Publicity), Jaclyn Lovell (LIT magazine Editor in Chief), Ryan Murphy (Four Way Books Associate Director), and William Sieghart (Forward Publishing founder). Moderated by Poets & Writers Magazine Editor in Chief Kevin Larimer.
Poetic Beginnings, 10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Poets discuss how, when, and where their poems begin and how to spark the inspiration needed to write.

Rigoberto González, Idra Novey, and Victoria Redel

Lunch Break and Poetry Prescriptions, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
The founder of the Forward Poetry Prize and National Poetry Day, William Sieghart will be administering poetry prescriptions to the poetically malnourished. The Poetry Pharmacy will then give each patient his or her relevant poems to take home with clear dosage instructions. 

Poetic Lineage, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Poets discuss the poets who have inspired them and why, with close readings of their favorite poems.

Timothy Liu, Joseph Fasano, and Rachel Zucker

Endangered Languages and Texts, 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
“Of the 6,500 languages spoken in the world today, only half will make it to the next century,” says poet Bob Holman. Ammiel Alcalay, editor of Lost & Found, The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, and Bob Holman, founder of the Bowery Poetry Club, examine the state of endangered languages and poetic texts.

Bob Holman and Ammiel Alcalay 

Theresa Lang Center, The New School, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor

THE BLANEY LECTURE: Richard Blanco4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
2013 inaugural poet of the United States Richard Blanco presents this year’s Blaney Lecture. This annual lecture series was created in memory of former Academy of American Poets Board member Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney by a gift from her estate.

Theresa Lang Center, The New School, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor

Celebrate this year’s recipients of the American Poets Prizes, given by the Academy of American Poets, with readings by Brian Blanchfield, Luigi Bonaffini, Rigoberto González, Robert Hass, Hannah Sanghee Park, and Tracy K. Smith. A public reception with the poets and presenters will follow the ceremony.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street, The New School


Through a series of intimate talks, some of the most renowned poets of our time examine issues central to poetry today.

A Recent Discovery
Academy Chancellors introduce and discuss an exceptional poem or poet that they have each recently encountered.

Jane HirshfieldAlberto Ríos, and Arthur Sze

The Art of Revision
The adage "writing is rewriting" applies to poems, too. Academy Chancellors discuss their own approaches to revision.

Juan Felipe HerreraNaomi Shihab Nye, and C. D. Wright

Poets and leading translators who serve on the Academy’s Board of Chancellors discuss the challenges and importance of poetry in translation.

Marilyn HackerKhaled Mattawa, and Arthur Sze

Poets Writing Prose
Academy Chancellors who write both poetry and prose discuss the qualities of each genre, and how a piece of writing takes its form.

Toi DerricotteEdward Hirsch, and Claudia Rankine

Ekphrastic Poetry
Defined as “the rhetorical description of a work of art,” ekphrasis is an enduring poetic form. Academy Chancellors discuss how other art forms inspire their writing process.

Mark Doty and Edward Hirsch

The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street, The New School

ALL-EVENTS PASSHOLDER LUNCH, 11:50 p.m.–12:50 p.m.
Complimentary lunch will be provided for All-Events Pass holders only. Please present your All-Events Pass at Lang Café.

Lang Café, The New School, 65 West 11th Street, Ground Floor

Help us close this year’s Poets Forum with a reading and reception celebrating the new fall/winter issue of American Poets, the Academy’s biannual magazine. Jericho Brown, Kimiko Hahn, and Dorothea Lasky will read their work. Refreshments and complimentary copies of the magazine will be available.

This event is free and open to the public.

Wollman Hall, The New School, 65 West 11th Street, 5th Floor

Poets Forum is consponsored by The New School Creative Writing Program and The New York University Creative Writing Program. The program is also made possible, in part, by support from the National Endowment of the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. We are also grateful to Long Shadows Vinters and Two Roads Brewing Co. for their donations.