Elizabeth Alexander to Speak on Lucille Clifton

6 Poets, 6 Questions

Whitman Award Judge: John Ashbery

Elizabeth Alexander to speak on Lucille Clifton
Elizabeth Alexander at the inaugural Poets Forum, 2007  
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Great news for Elizabeth Alexander & Lucille Clifton fans! At this year's Poets Forum, Elizabeth Alexander will deliver the Blaney Lecture, "Reconsidering Lucille Clifton," on Friday, Oct. 19 at 3:30 p.m. at The New School. She'll be replacing Jorie Graham at this event.


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We recently asked upcoming Poets Forum panelists six essential questions, including "How do you know when you've finished writing a poem?"
Mary Jo Bang described her writing process as playful, only "finished" when her attention wanes"When I reach that point, I abandon the game and invent a new one."
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John Ashbery's Personal Archive


Check out an early draft of John Ashbery's famous poem, "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror" and a rare photograph of Ashbery in Rome, in 1963.


John Ashbery will choose the winning manuscript for this year's Walt Whitman Award, given to an American poet who has never before published a book of poetry.


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