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NYU to Host Fifth Annual Poets Forum—Oct. 20-22

September 23, 2011

New York University will host the fifth annual Poets Forum, presented by the Academy of American Poets, Oct. 20-22 at venues across campus. The 2011 Poets Forum is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, NYU’s Creative Writing Program, and the New School Creative Writing Program.

For tickets and a complete schedule of Poets Forum events, go to or call 212.274.0343. Subways: 1 (Christopher Street); A, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street); N, R (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place).

The following Poets Forum events are sponsored by the Academy of American Poets and the NYU Creative Writing Program:

Thursday, October 20, 7 p.m.

Poets Forum: Chancellors Reading--Victor Hernández Cruz, Mark Doty, Rita Dove, Marilyn Hacker, Lyn Hejinian, Juan Felipe Herrera, Edward Hirsch, Naomi Shihab Nye, Sharon Olds, Ron Padgett, Carl Phillips, Marie Ponsot, Kay Ryan, Gerald Stern, and Anne Waldman

The Academy of American Poets Chancellors--some of the most acclaimed poets of our day--come together on one stage to read from their latest work.

Location: The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South)

Friday, October 21, 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Poets Forum: Discussions on Contemporary Poetry and the Blaney Lecture

12:30 p.m.: “Vision & Innovation in Contemporary Poetry”
Cathy Park Hong, Ilya Kaminsky, and Evie Shockley

2:00 p.m.: “Regional Aesthetics and Sensibility in American Poems
Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Matthew Dickman, and Cate Marvin

3:30 p.m.: Blaney Lecture

Susan Howe, winner of the 2011 Bollingen Prize in poetry, presents a lecture on poetry and telepathy.

Location: Greenberg Lounge, NYU School of Law, 40 Washington Square South

Saturday, October 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Poets Forum: Chancellors Discussions on Contemporary Poetry

“Getting Away With It: Risk in Poems”
Marilyn Hacker, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Gerald Stern

“Humans & Others”
Juan Felipe Herrera, Kay Ryan, and Anne Waldman

"Breaking the Line, Breaking the Narrative”
Rita Dove, Sharon Olds, and Ron Padgett

“Suffering through Joy”
Mark Doty, Edward Hirsch, and Naomi Shihab Nye

“Repetition & Refrain”
Victor Hernández Cruz, Lyn Hejinian, Carl Phillips, and Marie Ponsot

Location: Tishman Auditorium, NYU School of Law, 40 Washington Square South

Saturday, October 22, 7 p.m.

Poets Forum: American Poet Publication Party

Reading and reception for the new fall issue of American Poet, the journal of the Academy of American Poets. Carol Muske-Dukes, Matthew Rohrer, and Tracy K. Smith will read from their work.

Location: NYU’s Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th Street

Editor’s Note:

The NYU Creative Writing Program, among the most distinguished programs in the country, is a leading national center for the study of writing and literature. The undergraduate and graduate programs provide students with an opportunity to develop their craft while working closely with some of the finest poets and novelists writing today. The Creative Writing Program occupies a townhouse on West 10th Street in the same Greenwich Village neighborhood where so many writers have lived and worked. The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House allows writers--established and emerging--to share their work in an inspiring setting. For more, visit

The Academy of American Poets is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1934 to foster appreciation for contemporary poetry and to support American poets at all stages of their careers. For over three generations, the Academy has connected millions of people to great poetry through programs such as National Poetry Month,, the Poetry Audio Archive; American Poet, a biannual literary journal; and our annual series of poetry readings and special events. The Academy also awards prizes to accomplished poets at all stages of their careers. For more, visit

The Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is the premier venue for the presentation of cultural and performing arts events for New York University and lower Manhattan.  Led by executive producer Jay Oliva (President Emeritus, NYU) and senior director Michael Harrington, the programs of the Skirball Center reflect NYU's mission as an international center of scholarship, defined by excellence and innovation and shaped by an intellectually rich and diverse environment.  A vital aspect of the Center's mission is to build young adult audiences for the future of live performance. For more, go to:


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NYU to Host Fifth Annual Poets Forum—Oct. 20-22

NYU will host the fifth annual Poets Forum, presented by the Academy of American Poets, Oct. 20-22 at venues across campus. For tickets and a complete schedule of Poets Forum events, go to or call 212.274.0343.

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