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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, receptions, and a selection of poet-led literary walking tours.


The seventh annual Poets Forum was held in New York City, October 24-26, 2013.

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Chancellors Reading, 7:00 p.m.
Some of the most acclaimed poets of our day come together on one stage to read their poetry. The event features Victor Hernández Cruz, Toi Derricotte, Mark Doty, Marilyn Hacker, Juan Felipe Herrera, Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Marilyn Nelson, Naomi Shihab Nye, Ron Padgett, Claudia Rankine, Arthur Sze, Anne Waldman, and C. D. Wright.
The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York University, 566 LaGuardia Place


Publishing 101 for Poets, 10:00 a.m.
Kevin Larimer, editor in chief of Poets & Writers Magazine, provides best practices for submitting poems to literary magazines and presses, and answers questions about how to navigate the publishing process.
Theresa Lang Center, The New School, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor

Poetry Walking Tours, 10:30 a.m.
Poets lead walking tours exploring the literary history of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Matthew Thorburn leads "Poets of the West Village." Stacy Szymaszek leads "Herman Melville's Downtown Manhattan." Jordan Davis leads "Walt Whitman's SoHo Historic District." Tina Chang leads "Literary Brooklyn."
All-Events Passholders only.
All-Events Passholders will be contacted about walking tour details by early fall.

Panel Discussions on Contemporary Poetry, 12:30 & 2:00 p.m.
Two panels of poets discuss the use of organizing principles and themes to investigate varied subjects, and examine the creative impulse that brings them to poetry over any other art form:

Poetic Explorations
Lee Ann Brown, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Kevin Varrone

The Poetic Impulse
Ken Chen, Lia Purpura, Dara Wier

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

Blaney Lecture, 3:30 p.m.
Award-winning poet, editor, translator, and human rights advocate Carolyn Forché presents this year’s Blaney lecture, Not Persuasion But Transport: The Poetry of Witness.

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

Poets Awards Ceremony, 7:30 p.m.
The recipients of this year’s Academy of American Poets Prizes read their work, featuring Carolyn Forché, Sylvain Gallais, Cynthia Hogue, Chris Hosea, Philip Levine, Patricia Smith, John Taylor, and Jillian Weise. A reception will follow.
Tishman Auditorium, The New School, 66 West 12th Street


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

The Art of Teaching Poetry
10:00 – 10:50 a.m.
Juan Felipe Herrera & Naomi Shihab Nye

Reading and Writing Long Poems
11:00 – 11:50 a.m.
Toi Derricotte, Ron Padgett & Anne Waldman

Lunch Break
11:50 – 12:50 p.m.
Complimentary lunch will be provided for All-Events passholders only. Please present your All-Events pass at Lang Café, 65 West 11th Street, ground floor.

Contemporary Practices of Ecopoetics
1:00 – 1:50 p.m.
Jane Hirshfield, Arthur Sze & C.D. Wright

Form: Inspiration and Experimentation
2:00 – 2:50 p.m.
Marilyn Hacker, Marilyn Nelson & Claudia Rankine

American Poets Abroad
3:00 – 3:50 p.m.
Victor Hernández Cruz, Marilyn Hacker, Edward Hirsch & Arthur Sze

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

American Poet Publication Party, 7:00 p.m.
The final event of Poets Forum features a reading and reception for the new fall/winter issue of American Poet, the Academy's biannual journal. Mary Jo Bang, Roger Reeves, and Mark Wunderlich will read their work. Refreshments and complimentary copies of the journal will be available.
Wollman Hall, The New School, 65 West 11th Street, 5th Floor

Contact Patricia Guzman at for more information.

FEATURED VIDEOS Asks: Who was the first poet you fell in love with?

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At the 2012 Poets Forum, six poets discuss the most important letter they ever received. Watch the video >
Susan Howe delivers her Blaney Lecture, The Whispered Rush: Telepathy of Archives in 2011. Watch the video >
From the 2011 panel "Breaking the Line, Breaking the Narrative," featuring poets Ron Padgett, Sharon Olds, and Rita Dove.
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Inaugural Poets Forum Reading

Poets Forum Reading 2007 - Free Audio Download

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 >


Academy Chancellors:


Discussion Highlights
Delve into three Poets Forum discussion panels featuring nine Academy Chancellors.

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.

On Aesthetic Diversity
Delve into four Poets Forum discussion panels featuring eleven Academy Chancellors.

On Clarity and Obscurity
Sven Birkerts reports on a panel he moderated featuring Carl Phillips, Kay Ryan, and James Tate.


Poets Forum is cosponsored by The New School Creative Writing Program and The New York University Creative Writing Program. Our media sponsor is The Paris Review. The program is also made possible, in part, by support from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.



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