Each fall the Academy of American Poets presents a series of events in New York City exploring the ever-changing landscape of contemporary poetry in America. The Forum features in-depth discussions with an array of distinguished poets, readings, lectures, publication parties, and a selection of poet-led literary walking tours throughout Manhattan.
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The annual Poets Forum will be held in New York City, October 24-26, 2013.
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At the 2012 Poets Forum, six poets discuss the most important letter they ever received.
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Susan Howe delivers her Blaney Lecture, The Whispered Rush: Telepathy of Archives in 2011.
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From the 2011 panel "Breaking the Line, Breaking the Narrative," featuring poets Ron Padgett, Sharon Olds, and Rita Dove. Watch the video >
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Inaugural Poets Forum Reading
The first of a series of public events, the sold-out Poets Forum Reading on October 18, 2007, provided the rare opportunity to hear some of the most acclaimed poets of our day reading together on one stage. Featuring the Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets, the reading celebrated the range of outstanding poetry being written in America.
Download selections from the evening's performance, including new and representative poems by thirteen of the Forum participants. More >
2010 Discussion Highlights
Delve into three Poets Forum discussion panels featuring nine Academy Chancellors.
2008 On Twisting and Turning
Maureen N. McLane responds to a discussion of poetics on a panel featuring fellow poets Ron Padgett, Robert Pinsky, Kay Ryan, and Susan Stewart.
2007 On Aesthetic Diversity
Delve into four Poets Forum discussion panels featuring eleven Academy Chancellors.
2007 On Clarity and Obscurity
Sven Birkerts reports on a panel he moderated featuring Carl Phillips, Kay Ryan, and James Tate.
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This project is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state arts agency; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York University Creative Writing Program; The New School Creative Writing Program; and the New York Council for the Humanities.