The 5th Annual Poets Forum, hosted by the Academy of American Poets, kicks off tonight with its Chancellors Reading at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Among the Chancellors participating are queer greats Mark Doty, Marilyn Hacker, recent National Book Award Finalist Carl Phillips, and Kay Ryan, who–having recently received both a Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur Fellowship–is certainly having a good year.

The Poets Forum comprises a number of other events in New York City over the course of Friday and Saturday, including walking tours, lectures, panel discussions, and the launch party for the new fall issue of American Poet. Happily, the LGBT community will be well represented throughout: Gabrielle Calvocoressi joins Matthew Dickman and Cate Marvin for a discussion of regional aesthetics in American poetry on Friday afternoon; and on Saturday, Marilyn Hacker, Kay Ryan, Mark Doty, and Carl Phillips are each participating in a different “intimate talk” on issues in poetry today.

For ticket information and more details, visit the Academy of American Poets. And for a taste of what you’ll be in for, here’s the singular Frank Bidart at the inaugural Poets Forum on reading Sylvia Plath’s “Lady Lazarus” for the first time:



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  • Michael Craft

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