The Blaney Lecture

The Blaney Lecture on contemporary poetry and poetics is offered annually in New York City by a prominent poet. Past lectures have been given by Sharon Olds, Joy Harjo, Richard Blanco, Carolyn Forche, Elizabeth Alexander, Susan Howe, and Anne Carson. The lecture was created in memory of former Academy of American Poets Board member Dr. Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney, past president of Cedar Crest College and champion of women and education, by a gift from her estate. 

 

Past Blaney Lectures

Alicia Ostriker, Containing Multitude: Poetry and the City, 2018


Claudia Rankine, 2017

On November 30, 2017, Academy Chancellor and author of the best-selling Citizen, Claudia Rankine, delivered the Blaney Lecture at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. This event marked fifty years since the Academy launched poetry events at the Guggenheim with the first-ever public reading of “The Dream Songs” by John Berryman in 1967.

Sharon OldsFavorite Moments in Poems from Chaucer to Clifton2016

 

Joy Harjo, Ancestors: A Mapping of Indigeneous Poetry & Poets, 2015

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Richard Blanco, On Becoming A Presidential Inaugural Poet, 2014

 

Carolyn ForchéNot Persuasion, But Transport: The Poetry of Witness, 2013

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Elizabeth Alexander, Rethinking Lucille Clifton, 2012

 

Susan Howe, The Whispered Rush, Telepathy of Archives, 2011

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Anne Carson, 2010

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Alicia Ostriker (Photo credit: J. P. Ostriker)