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 Elizabeth Alexander, Richard Blanco, Anne Carson, Carolyn Forché, Joy Harjo, Terrance Hayes, Susan Howe, Sharon Olds, Alicia Ostriker, and Claudia Rankine. 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.

On Thursday, February 11, 2021, at 7 p.m. EST, Adrian Matejka delivered the 2020 - 2021 Blaney Lecture. Matejka is author of the graphic novel Last On His Feet (Liveright, 2021) and the poetry collection Map to the Stars (Penguin Books, 2017), a finalist for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize, and a 2019 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow.


Past Blaney Lectures

Adrian Matejka, Let’s Stay Together: Notes About Black Poetry & Community, 2020 - 2021

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Terrance Hayes, Survey of an American Century, 2019

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

Claudia Rankine, 2017


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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Adrian Matejka (Photo credit: Polina Osherov)