This October 20-23, 2016, the Academy of American Poets will join forces with the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival to present its annual Poets Forum weekend of events as part of the festival, the nation's largest. This will include a reading by the Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets and a series of conversations between the distinguished poets.
The Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets are Elizabeth Alexander, Toi Derricotte, Mark Doty, Linda Gregerson, Juan Felipe Herrera, Brenda Hillman, Jane Hirshfield, Khaled Mattawa, Marilyn Nelson, Alicia Ostriker, Claudia Rankine, Alberto Ríos, Arthur Sze, and Anne Waldman.
This will be the first time that the Academy of American Poets and its Chancellors have presented events at the Dodge Poetry Festival.
"Poetry in our country benefits from having multiple organizations championing its importance, and our organizations benefit when we share resources and opportunities. We're thrilled that the Dodge Poetry Festival has invited our Chancellors to be a part of their 30th anniversary gathering. And we're especially excited to present programming in Newark, a city led by a poet, Ras Baraka," said Jennifer Benka, executive director of the Academy of American Poets.
"It’s amazing to me that this 30th anniversary Dodge Poetry Festival is bringing together what may well be the largest gathering of poets of this stature and diversity ever assembled in North America. This wouldn’t be possible without our partnering with the Academy of American Poets. Together we’ve made Newark, New Jersey, a must destination for anybody who cares about contemporary poetry, or who is even the slightest bit curious about what our living poets might have to say to them," said Martin Farawell, director of the Dodge Poetry Program.
To learn more about the Dodge Poetry Festival, please visit: http://www.dodgepoetry.
About the Academy of American Poets
The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets. The organization produces Poets.org, one of the world’s most popular websites for poets and poetry; National Poetry Month; the syndicated Poem-a-Day series; American Poets magazine; resources for K-12 educators; an annual series of poetry readings and special events; and awards the American Poets Prizes.
About the Dodge Poetry Festival
The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program produces the biennial Dodge Poetry Festival, which features several dozen of our most widely recognized poets alongside newer voices, and is recognized as the largest poetry event in North America. The Festival and the Poetry Program’s year-round activities focus on creating opportunities for the general public, teachers, and high school students to experience direct encounters with living poets and their work.