We were pleased to present our Fall–Winter Season with conversations and readings by the esteemed poets who serve on the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors, which were entirely virtual and ran from October through December 2021.
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. Visit our Bookshop to purchase books by the chancellors.
Thursday, October 14 at 7 p.m. ET: Poetry and Social Change, a virtual conversation with Academy Chancellors Natalie Diaz, Nikky Finney, Joy Harjo, Tracy K. Smith, The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Executive Director Kyle Dacuyan, and award-winning author Eve L. Ewing on the unique role that poetry plays in civic dialogue and social change. Academy Executive Director Jennifer Benka and Founding President and CEO of the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation Alan Curtis introduced the event. Presented in partnership with the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this event was part of a series of conversations with arts leaders convened by the Eisenhower Foundation, and supported by the Mellon Foundation, on healing racial and economic inequality and making good on the promises of democracy in the United States. Closed captioning was provided.
Thursday, November 4 at 7 p.m. ET: Poetry and Labor, a virtual conversation with Academy Chancellors Kwame Dawes, Brenda Hillman, Marie Howe, Dorianne Laux, and Natasha Trethewey on the poet's labor and how poetry envisions itself as a piece of work. Closed captioning was provided.
Thursday, November 18 at 7 p.m. ET: Gather in Poems, a special reading and offering of community from the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors. Each poet shared a poem that inspires them, as well as works of their own, on the theme of coming together. Closed captioning was provided.
Thursday, December 9 at 7 p.m. ET: Poetry and Appetite, a virtual conversation with Academy Chancellors Ellen Bass, Marilyn Chin, Forrest Gander, Terrance Hayes, and David St. John on poetry and appetite, and on poems about the desires and needs of the body and of communities. Closed captioning was provided.