Kemi Alabi in Conversation with Alberto Ríos

Join Kemi Alabi, 2021 winner of the Academy of American Poets First Book Award for their collection Against Heaven (Graywolf Press, 2022), in conversation with Academy Chancellor Emeritus Alberto Ríos. Ríos, now the author of nine poetry collections, was the 1982 recipient of this prize for his debut collection, Whispering to Fool the Wind (Sheep Meadow Press, 1982).

At this spring Members Event, Kemi Alabi and Alberto Ríos will celebrate the release of Against Heaven with a reading, conversation, and Q&A. Registrants may use the "Ask a Question" tool to participate.  ASL interpretation will be provided. 

Registration is free for Academy of American Poets Members with the 2022 discount code, which can be found on your membership card. For assistance, please email [email protected] or call our toll-free member services line at (888) 790-0721.

The Academy of American Poets First Book Award is the only prize awarded by the Academy that is sponsored in part by Academy of American Poets Members. 

Upgrade or renew a membership at the Associate level or higher by April 30, 2022 to receive Against Heaven by Kemi Alabi.

Kemi Alabi in Conversation with Alberto Ríos