Halloween night, 1963. This event inaugurated the Academy's reading series, and is thought to be the first public reading by Berryman of his Pulitzer Prize-winning Dream Songs. Lowell read from Life Studies, for which he received the National Book Award. More >
Fifty Years of the Academy of American Poets was celebrated in New York City, Washington D.C., and other locations with over twenty five poetry events such as May Swenson discussing Emily Dickinson, readings by James Merrill, Michael Harper, and John Ashbery, and a tribute to W. H. Auden. View the poster >
Since its groundbreaking first series at the Guggenheim Museum in 1963, launched with a reading featuring John Berryman and Robert Lowell, the Academy of American Poets has brought poets to audiences and audiences to poetry, in New York and beyond.
Stay tuned for upcoming events in summer 2013!
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Poets Forum & Reading
Three days of readings, in-depth discussions, celebrations, walking tours, and more.
Poets Awards Ceremony
A presentation of the premier collection of awards for poetry in the United States.