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Sep 10 2015

A Celebration of Maya Angelou's Poetic Legacy with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Gregory Pardlo

Presented Alongside the First Public Exhibition of Dr. Angelou’s Art Collection by the Academy of American PoetsCave Canem Foundation, and Swann Auction Galleries

Gregory Pardlo is the author of two poetry collections, Digest (Four Way Books, 2014), which received the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and was shortlisted for the 2015 NAACP Image Award, and Totem, which received the American Poetry Review/Honickman Prize in 2007.

On September 15, 2015 Swann Galleries will auction The Art Collection of Maya AngelouAt 75, Swann is the oldest specialty auction house in New York. The auction of Dr. Angelou's collection will be preceded by a public exhibition of the work. For more information about the auction or the exhibition, please visit swanngalleries.com.

The event is free, but R.S.V.P.s are required: http://bit.ly/1WfHXD6

7:00pm to 9:00pm
Swann Auction Galleries
104 East 25th Street
10010 New York, New York
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


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.


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.


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
Sep 05 2015

Poetry and Prose Pavilion at the National Book Festival

If you want to meet the authors behind the latest contemporary literature, level up on digital-age publishing, or enjoy a youth poetry slam, look no further than the Poetry & Prose Pavilion, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts at the Library of Congress National Book Festival.

The Poetry & Prose Pavilion is part of the Library of Congress’s 15th annual literary festival, which takes place on Saturday, Sept. 5, from 10 am to 10 pm at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW, in Washington, DC. This year’s free festival features more than 150 authors, poets, and illustrators.  

The line-up of presenters at the Poetry & Prose Pavilion includes Daniel Alarcón, (At Night We Walk in Circles), Jerome Charyn (I Am Abraham), Marilyn Chin (Hard Love Province), Claudia Rankine, (Citizen: An American Lyric), Ishmael Reed (The Complete Mohammad Ali), Eric Pankey (Crow-Work), and Kevin Young (Book of Hours). Five of the writers received NEA Literature Fellowships early in their careers: Charyn (1985); Chin (1985, 1993), Pankey (1988, 2005), Reed (1975); and Young (2005). 

Two panel discussions at the Poetry & Prose Pavilion consider both timely and timeless topics. “Publishing in the Digital Age: A Panel About the Ins and Outs of Publishing” offers discussion by Lynn Freed (Reading, Writing and Leaving Home); Geoffrey Kloske, president of Riverhead Books; and Kevin Larimer, editor-in-chief of Poets & Writers magazine. The second panel looks at “Why Literature Matters: A Conversation about the Importance of the Imagination” with Jane Hirshfield (Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World), Azar Nafisi, (The Republic of Imagination), and Jeff Brown (The News).    

Poetry’s next generation is getting center stage at the 2015 pavilion. In the morning, youth poetry reciters help celebrate the tenth anniversary of Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry recitation contest by reciting the poems that earned them top spots at this year’s National Competition Finals.

In the evening, the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center, the NEA, and Split This Rock will present the National Book Festival Youth Poetry Slam, which will bring together slammers from Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC.

For the complete Poetry & Prose Pavilion schedule, go to the Related Content section. For more information about the National Book Festival call 888-714-4696 or visit loc.gov/bookfest.

See more at: http://arts.gov/news/2015/nea-literature-fellows-showcased-library-congr...

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
20001 Washington D.C., District Of Columbia
Sep 10 2015 to Sep 12 2015

The 10th Annual Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

The festival begins Thursday night with a film about the creation of the US Forest Service. Friday and Saturday almost 30 authors including NC Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson, Sara Gruen and Wiley Cash will present free readings.

The Friday night banquet with Jay Erskine Leutze and Saturday night's "Conversation With Barbara Kingsolver and Ann Patchett" are ticketed events. Four writing workshops and a nature walk require registration and tickets.  More information is at cmlitfest.org

7:00pm to 10:00pm
Burnsville Town Center
6 South Main Street
28714 Burnsville, North Carolina
Sep 11 2015

Reading with Jackie Wang, Christopher Nealon and Jackqueline Frost


  • Friday, September 11, 2015
  • 7:00pm  9:00pm
Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop
126a Front St (Between Jay St and Adams St)
11201 Brooklyn, New York

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Home is so sad. It stays as it was left,
Shaped to the comfort of the last to go
As if to win them back. Instead, bereft
Of anyone to please, it withers so,
Having no heart to put aside the theft

And turn again to what it started as,
A joyous shot at how things ought to be,
Long fallen wide. You can see how it
This is how my sorrow became visible:
its dust, piling up for years in my heart,
finally reached my eyes,

the bitterness now so clear that
I had to listen when my friends
told me to wash my eyes with blood.

Everything at once was tangled in blood—
each face, each idol, red everywhere.
Blood swept over the sun
Tamed by Miltown, we lie on Mother's bed;
the rising sun in war paint dyes us red;
in broad daylight her gilded bed-posts shine,
abandoned, almost Dionysian.
At last the trees are green on Marlborough Street,
blossoms on our magnolia ignite
the morning with their murderous five days' white.
All night I've