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The New Yorker covers Carolyn Forché’s new anthology, The Poetry of Witness: The English Tradition, 1500-2001http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2014/02/poetry-in-extremis.html

And in case you missed it, click to watch Forché’s Blaney Lecture on the same subject—”Poetry as Witness”—delivered at last year’s Poets Forum.

We’re sorry to report that we have confirmed with her family that Maxine Kumin passed away yesterday. Kumin, who served as an Academy Chancellor from 1995-1998, will be missed dearly by us all.

We’re sorry to report that we have confirmed with her family that Maxine Kumin passed away yesterday. Kumin, who served as an Academy Chancellor from 1995-1998, will be missed dearly by us all.