September 30, 2009

Poets Forum Countdown: Single Event Tickets Now Available

Academy of American Poets

Poets Forum: Single Event Tickets Now Available

Only two weeks left to purchase all-events passes and single event tickets to this year's Poets Forum. Be part of an unforgettable three-day series of events, including readings, publication parties, an expanded selection of literary walking tours, led by poets, through Manhattan and Brooklyn, and talks and discussions with an array of distinguished poets.

Ticket Information

  • All-Events Pass: $110: Purchase now >
  • Thursday Reading: $10; Purchase now >
  • Saturday Discussions Pass: $60; Purchase now >
  • American Poet Launch Reading: $5; tickets available at the door
  • Members receive a 10% discount on all ticket prices; for student rates, call (212) 274-0343, ext. 10.

    Buy passes and view more Poets Forum details at:

    Poets Forum Reading
    Thursday, October 15
    7:00 p.m.

    The Times Center
    242 West 41st Street
    Single Event Ticket: $10
    Purchase online now >

    Join us for an unforgettable evening as some of the most acclaimed poets of our day come together on one stage to read from their latest work: Frank Bidart, Rita Dove, Marilyn Hacker, Lyn Hejinian, Edward Hirsch, Sharon Olds, Ron Padgett, Carl Phillips, Robert Pinsky, Kay Ryan, Gerald Stern, Susan Stewart, and Ellen Bryant Voigt.

    Poets Forum Discussions
    Saturday, October 17
    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    6 Sessions, 40 minutes each

    Tishman Auditorium, The New School
    66 West 12th Street
    Co-sponsored by The New School Creative Writing Program
    Saturday Discussions Ticket: $60
    Purchase online now >

    Panel Topics and Participants

  • History in Poetry with Rita Dove and Edward Hirsch
  • Seriously Funny with Harryette Mullen, Kay Ryan, and Robert Pinsky
  • "Pure" and "Impure" Poetry with Lyn Hejinian, Gerald Stern, and Jean Valentine
  • Prosody in Free Verse with Frank Bidart, Sharon Olds, and Ellen Bryant Voigt
  • How Poems Begin with Carl Phillips and Marilyn Hacker
  • How Poems End with Ron Padgett and Susan Stewart

  • American Poet Publication Party
    Saturday, October 17
    7:00 p.m.

    Ico Art and Music Gallery
    606 West 26th Street (at 11th Avenue)
    Single Event Ticket: $5
    Available at the door

    (Includes a free issue of American Poet)

    Reading and reception for the new fall issue of American Poet, the journal of the Academy of American Poets. Noelle Kocot, Robert Polito, and Brian Teare will read from their work.
    Set Your Own Schedule by purchasing individual tickets, or purchase an All-Events Pass to take advantage of the entire series of events, including poetry walking tours, the Poets Awards Ceremony, and a talk with David Baker on "Place, Pathos, and the Problems of Identity."

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    September 29, 2009

    The Latest from I Take Off The Mask!

    The Latest from I Take Off The Mask!

    The Inspirer’s Weapon

    Posted: 28 Sep 2009 05:47 PM PDT


    The Inspirer’s first and foremost weapon is her heart.

    Some people might think it to be a weakness, even a liability instead of a strength. But the Inspirer knows that a gift only becomes a weakness when it isn’t used as it should be used.

    Using one’s heart is no easy thing, but demands such strength as to wield it and direct its powers where they should be directed. Discipline. Courage. Humility. These are the things one must possess in order to handle an immense power.

    The Inspirer is no warrior, but she possesses the greatest weapon of all.

    September 27, 2009

    The Latest from I Take Off The Mask!

    The Latest from I Take Off The Mask!

    Loving Yourself by Having a Job that Loves You Back!

    Posted: 27 Sep 2009 12:46 AM PDT

    Loving Yourself By Having a Job That Loves You Back!


    Do you love your job? Does your job love you back?

    I’ve realized that it isn’t enough that we earn money from our jobs. I’ve also realized that having a job is like having a relationship with your boyfriend. When it doesn’t work out anymore, you have to cut it off!

    There was a time when I was able to enjoy my job, or at least, the perks that came with it. I’ve enjoyed the fact that I was able to travel for free. I was able to go to beautiful exotic places and discover things I’ve never known before. I was also able to enjoy the company of my good friends who also happen to be my officemates.

    As time went on however, things changed. Many people went away. I wasn’t able to travel anymore. And the job that seemed to be like a haven is now more like a prison trapping me from doing the things I’d really love to do.

    I’ve realized that I didn’t love my job at all! It wasn’t the job I loved, it was everything else that came along with it. It’s the same with having a relationship with a person. There are many times when we think we are "in love" with the person, but the truth is we may just be in love with the idea. We may love the car he has or the free dinners he gives in fine dining restaurants, we may even love his parents or his friends, but stripped of everything else, do we really love the person?

    It’s not that I didn’t do anything to save my relationship with my job. I did try my best to love it, to seek ways with which to connect with it and to align my soul with its purpose. But like a person who doesn’t really care, the job didn’t allow me to be truly connected with it. It ignored me, my talents, my passion, my efforts. Sure it provided me things, as with husbands who provide material things to their wives. But it is not these things that truly matter, you see.

    I’ve realized that after doing one’s best, there is a time to surrender and to let go. Sure it hurts, but it will hurt the more the longer you pretend nothing’s wrong.

    A very vital part of loving oneself is not to agree with anyone or anything that is treating you unfairly. You deserve to be treated well. You deserve to be loved, and you deserve to have a job that can love you back!



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