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 poets.org website.