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The 8th annual Poets Forum kicks off tonight at NYU’s The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts with 12 celebrated poets on one stage. 
#TBT to Poets Forum past with Chancellor Emeritus Sharon Olds.

The 8th annual Poets Forum kicks off tonight at NYU’s The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts with 12 celebrated poets on one stage. 

#TBT to Poets Forum past with Chancellor Emeritus Sharon Olds.

Join us at the American Poets Prizes ceremony & reception this Friday at The New School w/ Robert Hass, Tracy K. Smith, Brian Blanchfield, Rigoberto González, Luigi Bonaffini & Hannah Sanghee Park.

Join us at the American Poets Prizes ceremony & reception this Friday at The New School w/ Robert Hass, Tracy K. Smith, Brian Blanchfield, Rigoberto González, Luigi Bonaffini & Hannah Sanghee Park.

Parry and Lord discovered that the epic form was well-suited to the singer’s need for fluency and flexibility, for composition as well as memorization. The singers composed poems orally by calling upon a rich storehouse of ready-made building blocks (traditional patterns), which moved well beyond phrasing.
Submit your poetry manuscript to the Walt Whitman Award by November 1 for a chance to have your first book of poetry published by Graywolf Press and spend 6 weeks here, at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy.

Submit your poetry manuscript to the Walt Whitman Award by November 1 for a chance to have your first book of poetry published by Graywolf Press and spend 6 weeks here, at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy.

Free this Saturday, October 18: American Poets magazine reading and launch party with Jericho Brown, Kimiko Hahn, and Dorothea Lasky at The New School. 

Free this Saturday, October 18: American Poets magazine reading and launch party with Jericho Brown, Kimiko Hahn, and Dorothea Lasky at The New School. 

12 award-winning poets…one stage…one week from today. Don’t miss the Chancellors Reading at NYU, 10.16.14.
Tickets: $5 students / $15

12 award-winning poets…one stage…one week from today. 
Don’t miss the Chancellors Reading at NYU, 10.16.14.

Tickets: $5 students / $15

tanka: Also called uta or waka. The character for ka means ‘poem.’ Wa means ‘Japanese.’ Therefore, a waka is a Japanese poem. Tan means ‘short,’ and so a tanka is a short poem, thirty-one syllables long. It is unrhymed and has units of five, seven, five, seven, and seven syllables, which were traditionally printed as one unbroken line.
Join us…. American Poets Prizes Ceremony & Reception 
October 17, 7:00 p.m. 
The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street, The New School, NYC.
With readings by Robert Hass, Tracy K. Smith, Brian Blanchfield, Rigoberto González, Luigi Bonaffini, and Hannah Sanghee Park.
No reservations necessary.

Join us…. American Poets Prizes Ceremony & Reception 

October 17, 7:00 p.m. 

The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street, The New School, NYC.

With readings by Robert Hass, Tracy K. Smith, Brian Blanchfield, Rigoberto González, Luigi Bonaffini, and Hannah Sanghee Park.

No reservations necessary.

#tbt: Walt Whitman Award book cover for Nicole Cooley’s 1995 Resurrection.
Submit now to the 2015 Walt Whitman Award for an opportunity to receive $5,000 and your first book published by Graywolf Press!

#tbt: Walt Whitman Award book cover for Nicole Cooley’s 1995 Resurrection.

Submit now to the 2015 Walt Whitman Award for an opportunity to receive $5,000 and your first book published by Graywolf Press!