Fall Conversation Series

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Each fall, the Academy of American Poets presents a free series of conversations exploring how different art forms engage with poetry. These conversations pair some of today’s most intriguing poets with accomplished artists, dancers, chefs, and actors. This year, we're pleased to be presenting our series in partnership with Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. This series is supported by an Action Grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.

Upcoming Events

Elizabeth Alexander and Maria Popova

On September 25, 2017, the Academy of American Poets will present the first in its Fall Conversation Series with Academy Chancellor, best-selling poet, and Pulitzer Prize Award finalist Elizabeth Alexander and Brain Pickings founder Maria Popova. 

Housing Works Bookstore and Café, 126 Crosby St, New York, NY, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Ellen Gallagher and Terrance Hayes

On October 25, 2017, the second of the Fall Conversations will feature Academy Chancellor and National Book Award–winning poet Terrance Hayes and American Academy Award in Art winner Ellen Gallagher.

Housing Works Bookstore and Café, 126 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10012, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Past Events

Sam Durant and Robin Coste Lewis

Robin Coste Lewis and Sam Durant

On September 23, 2016, we partnered with Housing Works Bookstore and Cafe to present a conversation between multimedia artist Sam Durant and National Book Award-winning poet Robin Coste Lewis, with an introduction by Academy Executive Director Jen Benka. 

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Anne Waldman and Meredith Monk

Anne Waldman and Meredith Monk

On October 17, 2016, we partnered with Housing Works Bookstore and Cafe to present a conversation between Grammy-nominated composer, singer, and director/choreographer, Meredith Monk, and American Book Award-winning poet and former Academy Chancellor Anne Waldman, with an introduction by Academy Executive Director Jen Benka.

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Yusef Komunyakaa and Cécile McLorin Salvant

Yusef Komunyakaa and Cécile McLorin Salvant

On November 14, 2016, we partnered with Housing Works Bookstore and Cafe to present a conversation between Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa and Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, with an introduction by Academy Executive Director Jen Benka.

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Claudia Rankine and Carrie Mae Weems

Claudia Rankine.Photo credit: John Lucas. Carrie Mae Weems. Photo Credit: Jerry Kleinberg
On September 9, 2015, we partnered with the New York Public Library to present a conversation featuring Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine and visual artist Carrie Mae Weems, with an introduction by Academy Chancellor Elizabeth Alexander. Rankine and Weems explored the intersection between visual art and poetry, and the differences between their processes.

 



 


Mark Doty and Bill T. Jones

Mark Doty. Photo credit: Starr Black. Bill T. Jones. Photo credit: Christina Lane
On October 19, 2015, we partnered with the New York Public Library to present Academy of American Poets Chancellor Mark Doty with acclaimed choreographer Bill T. Jones to discuss language, silence, movement, the body, and their approaches to their art.

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Kevin Young and Gabrielle Hamilton

Kevin Young. Photo credit: Melanie Dunea. Gabrielle Hamilton. Photo credit: Melanie Dunea
On November 19, 2015, we partnered with the New York Public Library to present Marshall Poetry Prize winner Kevin Young with award-winning chef and author Gabrielle Hamilton to discuss how both poetry and food enrich, sustain, and bring people together.

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Sharon Olds and Cynthia Nixon

Sharon Olds. Photo credit: Brett Hall Jones. Cynthia Nixon. Photo credit: Steven Sebring
On December 11, 2015, we partnered with the New York Public Library to feature a conversation between Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds and Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Cynthia Nixon. Olds and Nixon discussed the allure and enigma of Emily Dickinson (who Nixon plays in the film A Quiet Passion) as well as their approaches to their individual arts and engagement with others.

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