The Blaney Lecture

Claudia Rankine
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The Blaney Lecture on contemporary poetry and poetics is offered annually in New York City by a prominent poet. Past lectures have been given by Sharon Olds, Joy Harjo, Richard Blanco, Carolyn Forche, Elizabeth Alexander, Susan Howe, and Anne Carson. The lecture was created in memory of former Academy of American Poets Board member Dr. Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney, past president of Cedar Crest College and champion of women and education, by a gift from her estate. 

Claudia Rankine, Academy Chancellor and author of the best-selling book Citizen, delivered the Blaney Lecture at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on November 30, 2017. Rankine's lecture marks over five decades since the Academy launched poetry events at the Guggenheim with the first-ever public reading of "The Dream Songs" by John Berryman in 1967.


Past Blaney Lectures

Sharon Olds, Favorite Moments in Poems from Chaucer to Clifton2016


Joy Harjo, Ancestors: A Mapping of Indigeneous Poetry & Poets, 2015

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Richard Blanco, On Becoming A Presidential Inaugural Poet, 2014


Carolyn ForchéNot Persuasion, But Transport: The Poetry of Witness, 2013

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Elizabeth Alexander, Rethinking Lucille Clifton, 2012


Susan Howe, The Whispered Rush, Telepathy of Archives, 2011

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Anne Carson, 2010

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