The Academy of American Poets will sponsor the Poets Forum, a series of public events investigating issues central to contemporary poetry in America. Scheduled for November in New York, the forum will include discussions with poets, readings, and walking tours through literary New York. Events include:
Poets Forum Reading: Some of the most acclaimed poets of our day read together on one stage.
Poetry Walking Tours: Will explore the literary history of the West Village, Harlem, Walt Whitman’s SoHo, and the Museum of Modern Art.
Poets Awards Ceremony: Celebrates contemporary poetry and the recipients of the premier collection of awards for poetry in the United States.
Poets Forum: Discussions of contemporary poetry. Participants will include Frank Bidart, Victor Hernández Cruz, Louise Glück, Lyn Hejinian, Sharon Olds, Ron Padgett, Carl Phillips, Robert Pinsky, Kay Ryan, Gary Snyder, Gerald Stern, Susan Stewart, Ellen Bryant Voigt, C. K. Williams, and moderators Timothy Donnelly, James Longenbach, Claudia Rankine, and Tree Swenson.
American Poet Launch Party: Reading and reception for the new fall issue of American Poet, the journal of the Academy of American Poets. Charles Bernstein, Major Jackson, and Cecily Parks will read from their work.