+ Three Days of Poetry This October in Manhattan

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The Academy of American Poets is holding their Poets Forum on October 20-22, 2011 in New York City.  You may purchase tickets online at www.poets.org/poetsforum or by calling 212-274-0343.

The Poets Forum gives this most intimate of art form as a public context in which it can shine.  [–Mark Wunderlich]

The Pass price is $120 (before September 15, $95).  A limited number of Saturday-only tickets for the discussion sessions are available for $60.

Poets Reading or Participating in Discussions

  • Victor Hernandez-Cruz
  • Mark Doty
  • Rita Dove
  • Marilyn Hacker
  • Lyn Hejinian
  • Juan Felipe Herrera
  • Edwards Hirsch
  • Naomi Shihab Nye
  • Ron Padgett
  • Carl Phillips
  • Marie Ponsot
  • Kay Ryan
  • Gerald Stern
  • Anne Waldman
  • Susan Howe
  • Yusef Komunyakaa
  • Joan Larkin
  • Carol Muske-Dukes
  • Gabrielle Calvocoressi
  • Matthew Dickman
  • Cathy Park Hong
  • Ilya Kaminsky
  • Cate Marvin
  • Matthew Rohrer
  • Evie Shockley
  • Tracy K Smith
  • “and many others”

The Poets Forum is a true assembly of minds, a market-place of ideas.  You’ll find no posturing or pronouncements, no peacocks or princesses — just poetry poetry poetry.  [–Rita Dove]

Thursday, October 20 

7:00 pm:  Readings.  An unforgettable evening — on one stage — by some of the most acclaimed poets of our day reading from their latest work.  New York  University Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

Friday October 21

10:30 am and 2:00 pm: Poetry Walking Tours through the same streets traveled by Walt Whitman, Marianne Moore, EE Cummings, Langston Hughes and countless others.  The tours will explore the literary history of Harlem, the West Village, the Museum of Modern Art and SoHo.

12:30 pm and 2:00 pm: Discussions on Contemporary Poetry: two panels of younger poets examine imaginative uses of language and how ideas of place and travel operate in their work and in the poems that have influenced them.  New York University School of Law, Greenberg Lounge.

Vision & Innovation in Contemporary Poetry” with Hong, Kaminsky and Shockley

Regional Aesthetics & Sensibility in American Poems” with Calvocoressi, Dickman and Marvin

3:30 pm: The Blaney Lecture on the topic of poetry and telepathy, by Susan Howe, winner of the 2011 Bollingen Prize in poetry.  NYU School of Law, Greenberg Lounge.

7:00 pm: Poets Awards Ceremony to celebrate recipients of the premier collection of awards for poetry in the United States.  Reception will follow.  The New School, Tishman Auditorium.

Saturday October 22

10 am to 4 pm: NYU School of Law Tishman Auditorium 

  • Getting Away With It: Risk in Poems” with Hacker, Komunyakaa, Stern
  • Humans & Others” with Herrera, Ryan and Waldman
  • Breaking the Line, Breaking the Narrative” with Dove, Olds and Padgett
  • Suffering Through Joy” with Doty, Hirsch and Shihab Nye
  • Repetition and Refrain” with Hernandez Cruz, Phillips and Ponsot. 

 Says Edward Hirsch:

Poetry is an ancient art that is ever new, which is proved each fall by the Poets Forum — a splendid gathering, a rambunctious and diverse chorus, a forum of spirited solitaries.  As John Berryman put it, “We are on each other’s hands / who care.”

The Academy of American Poets is located at 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 901, New York, NY 10038.  Ph: 212-274-0343; FAX 212-274-9427.

tutoring in Columbus OH:  Adrienne Edwards  614-579-6021  or email aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com.

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