Poets Forum/Chancellor Events

We are pleased to present the esteemed poets who serve on the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors at the 2022 Dodge Poetry Festival from Thursday, October 20 to Saturday, October 22, in partnership with The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program.

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.

The Dodge Poetry Festival, which will be held in person this year at the New Jersey's Performing Arts Center, is the largest poetry event in North America. View the full schedule of festival events and purchase tickets at DodgePoetry.org***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.  

Thursday, October 20, 2022, at 6:30 p.m ET2022 Dodge Poetry Festival - Opening Celebration.*** Don't miss a special event on the first night of the Festival! Join us in NJPAC's Prudential Hall for a one-of-a-kind poetry summit featuring back-to-back readings by literary legends and bestselling authors. Featuring Academy Chancellors Ellen Bass, Marilyn Chin, Kwame Dawes, Carolyn Forché, Forrest Gander, and Terrance Hayes, and distinguished poets Kim Addonizio, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Sandra Cisneros, Henri Cole, Camille T. Dungy, Major Jackson, Yusef Komunyakaa, Stephen Kuusisto, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Sharon Olds, Willie Perdomo, Patrick Rosal, Tom Sleigh, and Patricia Smith.

Friday, October 21, 9:30 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. ET: Poets Forum: Eco Poetry and Environmental Justice,*** a conversation with Ellen Bass and Forrest Gander. bell hooks said, “The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is–– it’s to imagine what is possible.” We know our earth is in peril, but how do we truly open ourselves to this reality? And how do we write about it? The Chancellors will suggest possible approaches to these crucial concerns, drawing from both local and global perspectives.

Friday, October 21, 11 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. ETPoets Forum: Poetry and Storytelling,*** a conversation with Marilyn Chin, Kwame Dawes, and Carolyn Forché. Academy Chancellors will reflect on the relationship between the poem and the story, exploring the many ways poets create a narrative of our existence, whether it is a narrative of experience, imagination, feeling, and ideas. They will also tackle the perceived divide between “narrative” in poetry and the lyric.

Saturday, October 22, 9:30 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. ET: Poets Forum: Poetry and Craft: Metaphor, a conversation with Ellen Bass, Kwame Dawes, Forrest Gander, and Terrance Hayes. The word metaphor comes from the Greek, meaning “to transfer,” and metaphor does just that. Figurative language is one of the poet’s primary tools for investigating and communicating experience. Academy Chancellors will share poems that illustrate metaphoric language and consider strategies for creating more exciting, illuminating, and moving metaphors.