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Academy of American Poets Chancellors Conversations

Academy of American Poets Chancellors Conversations

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall
General Public 

The School of Writing hosts a day of conversations are part of the Poets Forum series. For a list of all events, please visit,


In Search of Poetry Today: Toi Derricotte, Anne Waldman, and C. D. Wright

10:00–10:50 a.m.

The dissolution of genres. Poetry as drawing. The City of Poetry. The Country of Poetry. The Bomb Shelter of Poetry. The Tenant Farm of Poetry. The Exclusion Zone of Poetry. Poets Anonymous. Poetry’s Anomie—Academy Chancellors explore the shifting definition of the art form.

Tracing the Lyric: Mark Doty, Linda Gregerson, and Jane Hirshfield

11:00–11:50 a.m.

The personal sphere and the inner life have long been the domain of the lyric poem. How has this form, and our reading of it, changed over time?  Academy Chancellors share their insights on the lyric poem past and present.

Reports from Around the World: Khaled Mattawa, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Arthur Sze

1:00–1:50 p.m.

Academy Chancellors discuss their experiences with poetry and poets from other countries. What does the poetry culture look like abroad? Which books and poets from around the world should we be reading?

Projects-in-Progress: Marilyn Nelson, Alicia Ostriker, and Alberto Ríos

2:00–2:50 p.m.

Academy Chancellors discuss new poetic projects they are currently working on, including state poet laureate efforts and poems about the city, as well as long-cherished practices.

Poets Respond: Elizabeth Alexander, Juan Felipe Herrera, and Claudia Rankine

3:00–3:50 p.m.

How poets and the poetry community respond to tragic events and challenges facing our country and the world today.

Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and the Academy of American Poets

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