New York

Continuing his support of New York's rich literary tradition, in January 2016 Governor Cuomo appointed Yusef Komunyakaa as New York's 11th state poet, taking over for Marie Howe. Throughout his two-year term, the poet laureate promotes and encourages poetry writing throughout New York by giving public readings and talks within the state.

In 2016 Rebecca Black was appointed the poet laureate of Albany, New York. Black is the author of Cottonlandia (University of Massachusetts Press, 2005), winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry.

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Oct 04 2017
A Reading with the Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets

The esteemed poets who serve on the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors—Elizabeth Alexander, Ellen Bass, Toi Derricotte, Forrest Gander, Linda Gregerson, Terrance Hayes, Brenda Hillman, Jane Hirshfield, Khaled Mattawa, Marilyn Nelson, Alicia Ostriker, Claudia Rankine, Alberto Ríos, David St. John, and Arthur Sze—will give a reading, with a book signing to follow. 

The Academy of American Poets’ Board of Chancellors was established in 1946 and is an honorary group of esteemed poets that consults with the organization on artistic matters; elects the recipients of the Wallace Stevens Award and the Academy of American Poets Fellowship; advocates for the organization’s programmatic work; and serves as ambassadors of poetry in the world at large.

Co-presented by the Academy of American Poets and the Unterberg Poetry Center – 92nd Street Y.

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8:00pm
1395 Lexington Ave
10128 New York, New York
Oct 07 2017
Conversations with the Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets
The Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets will take part in a series of three conversations that explore Poetry and Healing, Poetry and Activism, and How to Read a Poem. This special opportunity to hear leading poets from across the United States discussing these timely topics will deepen one’s understanding of poetry today.
 
 
SCHEDULE:
 
Poetry and Healing
Ellen Bass, Toi Derricotte, Jane Hirshfield, and Alicia Ostriker
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
 
Ellen Bass is the author of eight poetry collections, the most recent of which is Like a Beggar (Copper Canyon Press, 2014). She is the recipient of fellowships from the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lambda Literary Award for Poetry, the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, and two Pushcart Prizes.
 
Toi Derricotte is author of several books of poetry, including her most recent collection, The Undertaker's Daughter (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011). She is cofounder of Cave Canem, a national poetry organization committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.
 
Jane Hirshfield is the author of eight collections of poetry, including The Beauty: Poems (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015), which was long listed for the National Book Award. She is the receipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
 
Alicia Ostriker is the author of more than ten poetry collections, including Waiting for the Light (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017), The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014), and At the Revelation Restaurant and Other Poems (Marick Press, 2010).
 
 
Poetry and Activism
Forrest Gander, Marilyn Nelson, and Khaled Mattawa
2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
 
Forrest Gander is the author of several poetry collections, including Eye Against Eye (New Directions Press, 2005). His honors include a Whiting Award, two Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative North American Writing, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Yaddo.
 
Marilyn Nelson is the author of over eight books of poetry, most recently My Seneca Village (namelos, 2015), as well as collections for children and young adults. She was awarded the 2017 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature, given in recognition of a “storied literary career exploring history, race relations, and feminism in America.”
 
Khaled Mattawa is a poet and translator of contemporary Arabic poetry. His collections of poetry include Tocqueville (New Issues, 2010), Amorisco (Ausable, 2008), and Zodiac of Echoes (Ausable, 2003). He is also the author of Mahmoud Darwish: The Poet's Art and His Nation (Syracuse University Press, 2014).
 
 
How to Read a Poem
Linda Gregerson, Terrance Hayes, and Alicia Ostriker
4:15 to 5:45 p.m.
 
Linda Gregerson's most recent poetry collections include Prodigal: New and Selected Poems, 1976 to 2014 (Mariner Books, 2015), The Selvage (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012), and Magnetic North (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007), a finalist for the National Book Award.
 
Terrance Hayes is the author of several poetry collections, including How to Be Drawn (Penguin Books, 2015), a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award; Lighthead (Penguin, 2010), which won the National Book Award for Poetry; and Wind in a Box (Penguin, 2006).
 
Alicia Ostriker is the author of more than ten poetry collections, including Waiting for the Light (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017), The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014), and At the Revelation Restaurant and Other Poems (Marick Press, 2010).
 
 
The Academy’s 2017 fall Chancellors Master Classes is cosponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program.
 
7:00pm
58 W 10th St
10003 New York, New York
Oct 16 2017
Tribute to Max Ritvo
Join the Academy of American Poets and Housing Works Bookstore Cafe for a reading remembering the poet Max Ritvo, author of Four Reincarnations, which was published posthumously by Milkweed Editions in 2016. 
 
Ritvo was an intern at the Academy of American Poets in 2012 and lost his battle to childhood cancer in 2016. 
 
Featured readers include Alex Dimitrov, Jennifer Franklin, Dorothea Lasky, Sarah Ruhl, sam sax, and Jenny Xie.
 
Free and open to the public.
 
7:00pm
126 Crosby St
10012 New York, New York

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Yusef Komunyakaa
New York poet laureate

Yusef Komunyakaa

Poet Yusef Komunyakaa first received wide recognition following the 1984 publication of Copacetic, a collection of poems built from colloquial speech...

poems

poem
Dressed in an old coat I lumber
Down a street in the East Village, time itself

Whistling up my ass and looking to punish me
For all the undone business I have walked away from,

And I think I might have stayed 
In that last tower by the ocean,

The one I built with my hands and furnished
Using funds which came
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I get off the IRT in front of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture after riding an early Amtrak from Philly to get a hair cut at what used to be the Harlem "Y" barbershop. It gets me in at ten to ten. Waiting, I eat fish cakes at the Pam Pam and listen to the ladies call out orders: bacon-biscuit

poem
She is perfectly ordinary, a cashmere scarf
snugly wrapped around her neck. She is
a middle age that is crisp, appealing in New York.
She is a brain surgeon or a designer of blowdryers.
I know this because I am in her skin this morning
riding the bus, happy to be not young, happy to be
thrilled that it is cold