Countdown to Poets Forum
C. D. Wright Marilyn Nelson


Next week some of the most renowned poets of our day, including new Academy of American Poets Chancellors Marilyn Nelson, Claudia Rankine, and C. D. Wright, will gather in New York City for what Jane Hirshfield has called a weekend-long "sound-feast and thought-feast," our annual Poets Forum
In addition to dynamic poetry readings and discussions, this year's Poets Forum will feature new poet-led literary walking tours through Manhattan and Brooklyn, a lunch for All-Events pass holders and poets, and a Q&A with the editor in chief of Poets & Writers Magazine who will provide insider tips for publishing your poetry.
Don't miss out! Purchase your tickets now and follow along on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #POFO13.
Pictured above (left to right): Marilyn Nelson (credit: Derek Dudek), Claudia Rankine (credit: John Lucas), and C. D. Wright (credit: Marnie Crawford Samuelson). 
The Academy of American Poets Partners with City Arts & Lectures in San Francisco

The Academy is pleased to be partnering with City Arts & Lectures in San Francisco to present poet August Kleinzahler and photographer Alec Soth in conversation with writer and critic Steven Winn. 
The event will be held November 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco, and tickets are available through City Arts & Lectures

Poets Gather at Cooper Union's 

Great Hall to Remember Seamus Heaney



A public tribute to the beloved and world-renowned poet Seamus Heaney, who passed away on August 30, 2013, will take place at Copper Union's Great Hall in New York City on November 11 at 7:00 p.m. The event will feature many distinguished poets, each reading a favorite Heaney poem. Singer Paul Simon will also make a special guest appearance. 


The event is free and seating is first-come, first-served.


The tribute is jointly organized by the Academy of American Poets; Poets House; Poetry Society of America; the Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y; and Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 

Walt Whitman Award Winner Nominated for National Book Award

Congratulations to our 2012 Walt Whitman Award recipient, Matt Rasmussen, whose book, Black Aperture, which was published as part of the prize, was nominated for the 2013 National Book Award for poetry! 


Listen to Matt reading from his new book at the Academy's Poetry on the High Line event in July.


Submit your manuscript to the 2014 Walt Whitman Award by November 15. Award-winning poet Rae Armantrout will judge. The prize includes first-book publication, $5,000, and a one-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center.  


Save the Date:

April 24, 2014,
Is Poem in Your Pocket Day!


Upcoming Events:

October 24-26 - Seventh Annual Poets Forum (New York City)

November 4 - August Kleinzahler and Alec Soth at City Arts & Lectures (San Francisco, California)

November 11 - A Tribute to Seamus Heaney (New York City)

November 15 -

December 14 - Muriel Rukeyser Centennial (New York City)


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