Poets Forum/Chancellor Events

We were pleased to partner with the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival to present the award-winning and esteemed poets who serve as Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets for readings and conversations. To see the full schedule of festival events, visit DodgePoetryFestival.org.

Thursday, October 22, 2020Opening Celebration Poetry Samplers. With readings by Ellen Bass*, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Richard Blanco, Marilyn Chin*, Kwame Dawes*, Natalie Diaz, Cornelius Eady, Martín Espada, Nikky Finney, Carolyn Forché, Vievee Francis, Forrest Gander*, Linda Gregerson*, Joy Harjo*, Terrance Hayes*, Brenda Hillman*, Edward Hirsch, Marie Howe*, Tyehimba Jess, Dorianne Laux*, Ada Limón, Alicia Suskin Ostriker*, Paisley Rekdal, Charles Simic, David St. John*, and Natasha Trethewey*. 

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Friday, October 23, 2020: Shelter in Poems. Inspired by the Academy's Shelter in Poems initiative and virtual reading, which was broadcast in the spring of 2020 and attended by thousands of poetry lovers from all over the world, Academy Chancellors Linda Gregerson, Marie Howe, Dorianne Laux, and Alicia Ostriker shared more poems that offer comfort and courage in these challenging times. 

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Saturday, October 24, 2020: Poetry and Climate Justice. Academy Chancellors Ellen Bass, Forrest Gander, Brenda Hillman, and David St. John share ideas about the role poets play in envisioning a future where protecting our environment and social justice are entwined—and about the role poetry plays in addressing the climate crisis. 

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Friday, October 30, 2020: Poetry and Poems in Support of Black Lives. Academy Chancellors Terrance Hayes and Kwame Dawes continue their long-standing commitment to celebrating the value and persistent relevance of art, and especially poetry in our world today. For both poets, the poet’s obligation to record, to leave a record of experiences (ordinary, human and sincere) and of their bodies’ existence in the historical moment is as radical and revolutionary and urgent as any protest poem might be. 

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