Summer Reading Series

Summer Reading Series, Matt Rasmussen
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This summer, the Academy of American Poets will continue its tradition of offering poetry readings with a diverse lineup of poets sharing their work at historic New York City locales—from Governors Island’s Colonel’s Row to The New York Public Library’s iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

The 2014 Summer Reading Series is made possible in part by funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.



June 9, 5:30 p.m. reception; 6:00 p.m. reading
Edward Hirsch and Rachel Eliza Griffiths
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and the Academy of American Poets are honored to present an evening of poetry and conversation at the Art.Write.Now. 2014 National Exhibition in New York City. Join us for this special evening to immerse ourselves in poetry and award-winning art and writing.
Location: Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons the New School For Design, 2 West 13th Street
Suggested donation: $10

June 26, 6:30 p.m.
Elaine Equi, J. D. McClatchy, and Charles Simic
Join in an evening of readings with commentary on selected works by authors featured in the Morgan’s exhibition Gatsby to Garp: Modern Masterpieces from the Carter Burden Collection, ranging from Gertrude Stein and Edna St. Vincent Millay to William Carlos Williams and Langston Hughes.
Location: Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue
Tickets: $15; $10 for Morgan and Academy of American Poets Members

July 15, 6:00 p.m.
Brenda Coultas, Geffrey Davis, and Brian Teare
Poets read poems from the New York Public Library’s historic archival collection as well as their own work.
Location: New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, 2nd Floor, Room 227
Free and open to the public. Capacity is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

July 26, 4:00 p.m.
Lynn Melnick, Kamilah Aisha Moon, and Danniel Schoonebeek
Location: Governors Island, Colonel’s Row, New York City Poetry Festival
Free and open to the public.

August 5, 6:00 p.m.
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Justin Marks, and Bianca Stone
Poets read poems from the New York Public Library’s historic archival collection as well as their own work.
Location: New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, 2nd Floor, Room 227
Free and open to the public. Capacity is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.