10 Reasons Not to Miss this Year's Poets Forum

New Yorkers have a lot to look forward to in October: leather weather (finally!), oversized sweaters, some of the most inventive and intricate Halloween costumes in the world–and, of course, since 2007, the Academy of American Poets’ annual Poets Forum. Poets Forum is a celebration and examination of the form, where some of the sharpest and most exciting voices in American poetry gather to share their work and discuss their processes. Here’s ten reasons (of many) not to miss this year…… read more

'Milk and Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry' Edited by Julie R. Enszer

What does it mean to be a Jewish writer? To write about the Jewish Lesbian experience? How do we passionately engage with thinking about identity while considering the intersection of both lesbian and Jewish politics and the inherent aversion to labels?

This collection of poetry offers several insights into the hermeneutics of identity in literature and religion…. read more

5th Annual Poets Forum - Oct. 20-22

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… read more

Cheryl Clarke: The Never-Ending Resource that is Black Queerness

“There is queer activism in the African diaspora and wherever that movement is, there is always cultural production.” I was introduced to the iconic Cheryl Clarke while organizing a conference on spirituality and sexuality with writer and scholar Ashon T. Crawley for the Newark Pride Alliance in Newark, NJ in 2008. Ashon and I marveled… read more

Very (Queer) Best of National Poetry Month

This April, magazines and blogs across the web have been running poem specials to celebrate National Poetry Month. With only a couple days left, I thought I’d take stock and share some of my favorites so far:… read more

The Year in Queer Poetry

2010 was a great year for LGBT poetry, bringing us some exciting new voices, books, and trends. As the year comes to an end, here are some of the highlights: This fall seminal poet Mary Oliver, whom The Weekly Standard has described as “among the finest poets the English language has ever produced,” published Swan:… read more

Marilyn Hacker, "Days of 1994: Alexandrians"

This week’s poem comes to us from Marilyn Hacker’s 2000 collection Squares and Courtyards (W.W. Norton & Co.), winner of the Publishing Triangle’s 2001 Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry…. read more

'Names' by Marilyn Hacker

Lambda Award Finalist Palimpsest—text that has been incompletely erased so that another text can be written over it, often leaving legible traces of the old text underneath—is a word that recurs in Marilyn Hacker’s latest collection of poems, Names, and it stands as a unifying concept in this accomplished book, for the words and spirits… read more

Five Poets Who Changed My Life

MARY OLIVER Tell me, what is it you will do/with your one wild and precious life? —”The Summer Day” So closes Mary Oliver’s poem “The Summer Day.” Every time I read those words I still feel as though I cannot breathe. These questions…I’m plagued daily, monthly, yearly, with questions like these, how can I possibly… read more