This Weekend: The Academy of American Poets 2012 Poets Forum

One of the biggest poetry events in America is this weekend: The Academy of American Poets' 2012 Poets Forum. This year's chancellor's reading is only $5 for students and is being held on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7pm in NYU. Chancellors include Naomi Shihab Nye, Lyn Hejinian, Mark Doty, Sharon Olds, Edward Hirsch, Juan Felipe Herrera, and others. Many more contemporary authors are participating as well.

For three days the Academy is sponsoring many other events, readings, walking tours, and discussions which are all open to the public. Read more about them on the website

Rising Russian Poets in Concert with Key US Poets

The Debut Prize Presents: Rising Russian Poets In Concert with Key
US Poets for a Reading and Conversation with David Lehman

Date: Monday, October 15, 2012
Location: New York Public Library, Mid-Manhattan branch
455 Fifth Avenue
(in the Corner Room - Ground Floor)
Time: 7:00pm
Participants: Tina Chang, Heather Christle, Dina Gatina, Alla Gorbunova,
Lev Oborin, and Matthew Yeager
Moderator: David Lehman
*Free event

A trio of rising figures in Russia's poetic scene, among the newest and most
provocative voices in their country's poetic rich poetic tradition, come to the New
York Public Library. These acclaimed young poets read from their work, discuss
the variety and richness of contemporary Russian verse, and open up their art
and its role in Russia's volatile political and social realities.

Reading alongside them will be key American poets whose work, in breadth of
vision and acclaim, both complements and contrasts with that of the Russian
poets in interesting and revealing ways.