The Academy of American Poets is for people who love poetry. Our membership is nearly 9,000 strong and growing, and our programs reach over 20 million people every year. Our programs include Poets.org, the Poets Forum, Poem in Your Pocket Day, National Poetry Month, American Poet magazine, the Poem-A-Day email series, the Poetry Audio Archive, educational initiatives, readings and events, awards and prizes, and so much more. We’ve been doing this since 1934, and we still think it's fun.
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Robert Hass on writers and the gift economy from our inaugural Poets Forum. This year’s panels include topics ranging from The Poetic Impulse, to Ecopoetics, to The Art of Teaching Poetry. More details here: http://bit.ly/1bdRqTj
Claudia Rankine will co-host a panel at this year’s Poets Forum with Marilyn Hacker and Marilyn Nelson on Form: Inspiration and Experimentation. Here’s her talking about great poems in 2009. Tickets for this year’s event available at //bit.ly/1bdRqTj #PoFo13
Poets Forum: the WrestleMania of fall poetry events in NYC. Three days, 30 poets, plus panels, readings, lectures, publishing advice, walkings tours — a smorgasbord of events exploring the ever-changing landscape of contemporary poetry. Step right up, get your tickets!! http://bit.ly/1bdRqTj
“Professor Ginsberg sits behind his wide desk frowning up at the low ceiling as though the harsh fluorescent light were assaulting him. Without further ado he begins to take roll. Somehow I thought it would be a hey, drop-in-drop-out-whenever-the-mood-suits-you kind of arrangement. As he calls off the names, I realize that half of the people crammed into this tiny room aren’t even enrolled in the class. They’re just here to catch a glimpse of Ginsberg, to get some kind of Beat benediction.”