New York, NY (September 29, 2022)—The Academy of American Poets is pleased to present its Fall–Winter Season, which will run from October 2022 through February 2023 and include in-person*, virtual, and hybrid events. Programs include a reading and panel discussions with the Academy of American Poets Chancellors** at the biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival; Gather in Poems, a reading by the Chancellors celebrating poetry and community; and the Annual Blaney Lecture on contemporary poetry and poetics.
*In-person events are indicated with a single asterisk.
**Established in 1946, the Board of Chancellors is an elected group of distinguished poets who advise the Academy of American Poets on artistic matters, judge its largest legacy prizes, and serve as ambassadors for poetry. To purchase books by the Chancellors, visit: https://bookshop.org/lists/chancellors-of-the-academy-of-american-poets
The Academy of American Poets’ 2022-23 Fall–Winter season is made possible in part by support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.
The Academy is committed to hosting accessible, inclusive events. All virtual events will be free to attend, though most require advance registration. If you are experiencing any accessibility issues with a registration site, please contact us at [email protected] at least 24-hours prior to the event.
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SCHEDULE (all times are Eastern Standard):
*Sunday, October 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: The Academy of American Poets at the 2022 Brooklyn Book Festival, the largest free literary event in New York City. Participating poets include Kaveh Akbar, Tina Chang, Anthony Cody, Martín Espada, Marilyn Hacker, Yesenia Montilla, Jenny Xie, and more. Drop by the Academy booth (#321) to pick up copies of our latest issues of American Poets magazine. Brooklyn Borough Hall and Vicinity, 209 Joralemon St, Brooklyn, NY, 11201. All festival events are free and open to the public. Learn more.
- *11 a.m.: New Works: A Poetry Reading with Omotara James (Song of My Softening, Alice James Books, 2023), Solmaz Sharif (Customs, Graywolf Press, 2022), Ryann Stevenson (Human Resources, Milkweed Editions, 2022), and Jeffrey Yang (Line and Light, Graywolf Press, 2022). Introduced by Michelle Campagna, the Academy’s Advertising & Marketing Director. The program will be followed by a half-hour book signing. North Stage, Cadman Plaza East. Learn more.
Wednesday, October 5, 9 p.m.: WeHo Reads: Poets Laureate Across America, a reading and conversation with the 2020 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellows. Hosted by West Hollywood City Poet Laureate Brian Sonia-Wallace, this event brings together poets laureate from across the country after their Fellowships to share what they did, read their writing, and reflect on the state of poetry in the U.S. Readers include Semaj Brown, Poet Laureate of Flint, MI; Magdalena Gomez, Poet Laureate of Springfield, MA; Chasity Gunn, Poet Laureate of Elgin, IL; Luisa Igloria, Poet Laureate of Virginia; Georgina Marie, Poet Laureate of Lake County, CA; and Lloyd Schwartz, Poet Laureate of Somerville, MA. Free and open to the public. Register here.
*Thursday, October 20–Sunday, October 23: The Academy of American Poets Chancellors at the biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. The Dodge Poetry Festival is the largest poetry event in North America. View the full schedule of festival programs at Dodgepoetry.org. New Jersey's Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St, Newark, NJ 07102. Purchase tickets*** here. (***Academy Members will be able to view select live-streamed events for free with an access code, which will be provided in the Member Newsletter.)
Tuesday, November 8 at 12 p.m.: World in Verse, a multilingual reading and celebration of poetry in translation, held in partnership with the Academy of American Poets. Poems in Arabic, French, Malay, Spanish, and English will be read. Featured poets and translators include Samira Negrouche and Marilyn Hacker; Zahid M. Naser and Pauline Fan; Jeannette Clariond and Samantha Schnee; and Kareem James Abu-Zeid. Free and open to the public. Register here.
Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m.: Gather in Poems, a special reading and offering of community presented by the Academy of American Poets, featuring Juan Felipe Herrera, Taylor Johnson, Marilyn Nelson, TC Tolbert, and more. Free and open to the public. Register here.
Sunday, November 13–Sunday, November 20: The Academy of American Poets at the 2022 Miami Book Fair.
- Monday, November 14, 12 p.m. ET: A Conversation with Sharon Olds. Pulitzer Prize winner and Chancellor Emerita Sharon Olds, whose latest collection Balladz (Alfred A. Knopf, 2022) has been longlisted for the 2022 National Book Award, will be in conversation with Mary Sutton, the Academy’s Senior Content Editor. Free and open to the public. A link to the virtual program will be available at Miamibookfair.com on November 14.
- Friday, November 18, 12 p.m. ET: A Reading with Jorie Graham, Pulitzer Prize winner and Chancellor Emerita, introduced by Nikay Paredes, the Academy’s Programs Director. Free and open to the public. A link to the virtual program will be available at Miamibookfair.com on November 18.
*Thursday, December 15, 6:30 p.m.: Spirit of Sound, a panel discussion curated by the Guggenheim’s inaugural Poet-in-Residence, Taylor Johnson. Spirit of Sound brings together Jonah Mixon-Webster, Justin Phillip Reed, and Simone White to explore the intersection of poetry, sound, and music. Following brief presentations of their current work, the panelists will come together for a conversation moderated by Johnson that unpacks the relationship between language and auditory experience. Presented by the Guggenheim in association with the Academy of American Poets. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128. Free and open to the public. Register here. Space is limited; registration does not guarantee entry.
Thursday, March 23, 2023, 7 p.m. ET: The Annual Blaney Lecture on contemporary poetry and poetics, presented by Patricia Smith. This virtual event is free to attend with registration. ASL interpretation will be provided. A Q&A session will follow the lecture. Past lectures have been given by Elizabeth Alexander, Richard Blanco, Anne Carson, Carolyn Forché, Joy Harjo, Terrance Hayes, Susan Howe, Adrian Matejka, Sharon Olds, Alicia Ostriker, Claudia Rankine, and Paisley Rekdal. The registration link will be available soon at Poets.org.
About the Academy of American Poets
Founded in 1934, the Academy of American Poets is the nation’s leading champion of poets and poetry with supporters in all fifty states and beyond. The organization annually awards $1.3+ million to more than two hundred poets at various stages of their careers through its prize and fellowship programs. The organization also produces Poets.org, the world’s largest publicly funded website for poets and poetry; established and organizes National Poetry Month each April; publishes the popular Poem-a-Day series and American Poets magazine; provides free resources to K–12 educators, including the award-winning weekly Teach This Poem series; hosts an annual series of poetry readings and special events; and coordinates a national Poetry Coalition that promotes the value poets bring to our culture.