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Dec 09 2015

The Poet as Memoirist: Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light (Knopf, 2015) and three books of poetry. Her collection Life on Mars won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. Duende won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. The Body’s Question was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers Award in 2004 and a Whiting Award in 2005. In 2014 the Academy of American Poets awarded Smith with the Academy Fellowship, awarded to one poet each year to recognize distinguished poetic achievement.

Moderated by Honor Moore, nonfiction coordinator, Creative Writing Program. 

6:30pm
The New School, Wollman Hall
65 W. 11th Street, 5th floor (Room 500)
10011 New York, New York
Oct 23 2015

Lucille Clifton Poetry Series with E. Ethelbert Miller

Poet E. Ethelbert Miller, known for his social activism will read from his work and discuss how poetry can address and foster conversations regarding today's social issues and challenges. A friend and colleague of Lucille Clifton, Ho Co Po Lit So is pleased to welcome him once again to the stage.

8:00pm
Monteabaro Recital Hall, Horowitz Center, Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
21044 Columbia, Maryland
Oct 17 2015

Reading With Cecily Parks, Aracelis Girmay and Chloe Garcia Roberts

Reading With Cecily Parks, Aracelis Girmay and Chloe Garcia Roberts

Free. More information here: http://www.berlspoetry.com/events/2015/10/17/cecily-parks-aracelis-girmay-chloe-garcia-roberts 

7:00pm
Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop
126a Front St (Between Jay St and Adams St)
11201 Brooklyn, New York
Oct 13 2015

Graywolf Poetry Tour - Mary Jo Bang, Nick Flynn and Diane Seuss

Co-sponsored by University of Chicago Creative Writing and Poetics

About "The Last Two Seconds" by Mary Jo Bang: One of Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Poetry Books of the Spring. "The Last Two Seconds" is an astonishing confrontation with time—our experience of it as measured out by our perceptions, our lives, and our machines. In these poems, full of vivid imagery and imaginative logic, Mary Jo Bang captures the difficulties inherent in being human in the twenty-first century, when we set our watches by nuclear disasters, species collapse, pollution, mounting inequalities, warring nations, and our own mortality. This is brilliant and profound work by an essential poet of our time.

About "My Feelings" by Nick Flynn: In "My Feelings", Nick Flynn’s fourth book of poetry, the author makes no claims on anyone else’s. These poems inhabit a continually shifting sense of selfhood, in the attempt to contain quicksilver realms of emotional energy—from grief and panic to gratitude and understanding. A major subject is the death of Flynn’s father, a formerly homeless man suffering from mental illness and delusions of his own grandeur (and made famous recently by Robert De Niro in the film "Being Flynn", based on Nick Flynn’s memoir). What does it mean to lose someone like that, finally, and what is the legacy of fatherhood? Flynn’s jagged, lyrical poems attempt to make sense of these questions and the clutter left behind in our lives. Alongside those elegies are also moving poems about his daughter, his own sense of fatherhood, and his fractured memories of his mother, before she took her own life.

About "Four-Legged Girl" by Diane Seuss: In Diane Seuess’s urgent and rapturous third collection, "Four-Legged Girl", her kaleidoscopic lyricism is on full display. These are hothouse poems written from her personal life, from a childhood lived beside the death of her estranged father to a wild love life as recounted from the streets of New York. The book culminates to the remarkable title poem about the famous turn-of-the-century sideshow freak, the woman with four legs, the body made strange to itself and to others. Seuss’s work is emotional and lyrically rich, but grounded in her wild femininity, her childhood narrative, and her sense of rural Michigan, where she now lives. Perfect for fans of Linda Gregg, Lucie Brock-Broido, and D. A. Powell, "Four-Legged Girl" is a gutsy, sexy book of poems that is poised to make a big splash this fall.

About Mary Jo Bang: Mary Jo Bang is the author of six collections of poems, including "Louise in Love", "The Eye Like a Strange Balloon", "The Bride of E", and "Elegy", which received the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has also recently translated Dante's "Inferno". She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and teaches at Washington University.

About Nick Flynn: Nick Flynn is the author of three acclaimed books of poetry, "The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands", "Blind Huber", and "Some Ether", winner of the PEN/Osterweil Award. He is also the author of three memoirs, "The Reenactments", "The Ticking Is the Bomb", and "Another Bullshit Night in Suck City", winner of the PEN/Martha Albrand Award. He is also the author of a play, "Alice Invents a Little Game" and "Alice Always Wins" (2008). He has received fellowships from, among other organizations, The Guggenheim Foundation and The Library of Congress. Some of the venues his poems, essays, and nonfiction have appeared in include the New Yorker, the Paris Review, National Public Radio’s "This American Life", and the New York Times Book Review. His film credits include artistic collaborator and “field poet” on the film "Darwin’s Nightmare" (nominated for an Academy Award for best feature documentary in 2006), as well as executive producer and artistic collaborator on "Being Flynn", the film version of "Another Bullshit Night in Suck City". A professor in the creative writing program at the University of Houston, where he teaches each spring, he then spends the rest of the year in (or near) Brooklyn.

About Diane Seuss: Diane Seuss is the author of two previous poetry collections, "It Blows You Hollow" and "Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open", winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2014, the Georgia Review, New Orleans Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. She is writer-in-residence at Kalamazoo College and lives in Michigan.

About Srikanth Reddy: Srikanth Reddy is the author of two books of poetry--"Facts for Visitors" (University of California Press, 2004) and "Voyager" (University of California Press, 2011) --as well as a scholarly study, "Changing Subjects: Digressions in Modern American Poetry" (Oxford University Press, 2012). His poems have appeared in various journals, including APR, Grand Street, Fence, and Ploughshares, and his critical writing has been featured in publications such as the New Republic, Raritan, and American Literature. He has held fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Whiting Foundation (in the Humanities), and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the doctoral program in English at Harvard University, Reddy is an Assistant Professor in English and at the College.

7:00pm
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th St.
60637 Chicago, Illinois
Oct 08 2015 to Oct 10 2015

Poets Forum

This year’s Poets Forum will be held October 8 to 10, 2015, and will feature readings and conversations by the award-winning poets who serve on our organization’s Board of Chancellors. Purchase tickets at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/poets-forum-2015-october-8-10-tickets-17880472976


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8

A Reading by the Academy of American Poets Chancellors
6:30–8:00 p.m.
Location: The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York University, 566 LaGuardia Place

Join us for an unforgettable evening as award-winning poets from across the U.S. who serve as Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets come together on one stage to share their poems. Featuring Elizabeth Alexander, Toi Derricotte, Mark Doty, Linda Gregerson, Juan Felipe Herrera, Jane Hirshfield, Khaled Mattawa, Marilyn Nelson, Naomi Shihab Nye, Alicia Ostriker, Claudia Rankine, Alberto Ríos, Arthur Sze, Anne Waldman, and C. D. Wright. The reading will be followed by a book signing in the lobby.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9

Poetry Walking Tours of Brooklyn (For all-events passholders only)
10:30 a.m.–noon (led by Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang)
& 1:30–3:00 p.m. (led by poet Lynn Melnick)

Passholders may RSVP to take a walking tour exploring the literary history of Brooklyn, with stops at the Cave Canem Foundation and Berl’s Poetry Shop—the only all-poetry bookstore in NYC. More details in early fall.

A Reading by Marie Howe and Lecture by Joy Harjo
6:30–7:30 p.m.
Location: Theresa Lang Center, The New School, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor

Join us for a reading by recent New York State Poet Laureate Marie Howe and a lecture on contemporary poetry by Joy Harjo: “Ancestors: a Mapping of Indigenous Poetry and Poets.” In this, our annual Blaney Lecture, Harjo will give an overview of the current field of young indigenous poets, and their ancestral strands of relatives. The branches extend throughout the world, before the English language.The annual Blaney Lecture was created in memory of former Academy of American Poets Board member Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney by a gift from her estate. The event will be followed by a book signing and reception.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10

Chancellor Conversations
10:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.
Location: Theresa Lang Center, The New School, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor

A series of five dynamic conversations between the diverse poets who serve on our honorary Board of Chancellors on topics central to poets and readers today.

In Search of Poetry Today: Toi Derricotte, Anne Waldman, and C. D. Wright
10:00–10:50 a.m.
The dissolution of genres. Poetry as drawing. The City of Poetry. The Country of Poetry. The Bomb Shelter of Poetry. The Tenant Farm of Poetry. The Exclusion Zone of Poetry. Poets Anonymous. Poetry’s Anomie—Academy Chancellors explore the shifting definition of the art form.

Tracing the Lyric: Mark Doty, Linda Gregerson, and Jane Hirshfield
11:00–11:50 a.m.
The personal sphere and the inner life have long been the domain of the lyric poem. How has this form, and our reading of it, changed over time?  Academy Chancellors share their insights on the lyric poem past and present.

Lunch Break
11:50 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

Reports from Around the World: Khaled Mattawa, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Arthur Sze
1:00–1:50 p.m.
Academy Chancellors discuss their experiences with poetry and poets from other countries. What does the poetry culture look like abroad? Which books and poets from around the world should we be reading?

Projects-in-Progress: Marilyn Nelson, Alicia Ostriker, Alberto Ríos
2:00–2:50 p.m.
Academy Chancellors discuss new poetic projects they are currently working on, including state poet laureate efforts and poems about the city, as well as long-cherished practices.

Poets Respond: Elizabeth Alexander, Juan Felipe Herrera, Claudia Rankine
3:00–3:50 p.m.
How poets and the poetry community respond to tragic events and challenges facing our country and the world today.

American Poets Magazine Publication Party
7:00–9:00 p.m.
Location: Wollman Hall, The New School, 65 West 11th Street, 5th Floor

Join us for a reading and reception featuring 2015 Walt Whitman Award winner Sjohnna McCray, in celebration of the new fall/winter issue of American Poets, the Academy’s biannual magazine. This event is free and open to the public.


Poets Forum is cosponsored 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.

Admission fee: $95.00
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Various Venues 10011 New York, New York

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sometimes I think the gods
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into the fire
just to hear me
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they just aren't going to
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the gods need me to
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they must be terribly
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About the soiled undead
Night for my sake,

A raining trail
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A dark as deep
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Between the blinds Past the coded locks
Past the slanted gold bars of the day
Smelling of all-night salt rain on the docks
Of grief Of birth Of bergamot Of May

In the wind that lifts the harbor litter
Wet against my fingers in a dream
Salvaging among the tideline's bitter