• MFA student Virginia Venezuel and David Lehman in the green room
  • Jericho Brown and Mary Jo Bang read from Best American Poetry 2017
  • Taije Silverman and Jeffrey Harrison
  • David Lehman opens the evening's reading with a poem by the late John Ashbery
  • Dan Albergotti reads his poem "Weapons Discharge Report"
  • MFA faculty David Lehman at the Best American Poetry 2107 Reading
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  • Jamaal May reads from his poem "Things That Break"
  • Joyce Carol Oates reads from her poem XX
  • Joyce Carol Oates and Robert Pinsky chat before the reading
  • David Lehman welcomes Meg Kearney to the reading
  • Jamaal May and Vievee Francis all smiles in the green room
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  • Crystal Williams poses with Emily Van Kley before the reading
  • Crystal Williams poses with Best American Poetry 2017
  • Judson Mitcham and Dan Albergotti sign books
  • David Lehman, Joyce Carol Oates, Charles Gross, and Robert Pinsky pose for photos
  • David Lehman and Robert Pinsky sign books before the reading
  • Crystal Williams reads during the Best American Poetry 2017 reading

Every year, poets travel to The New School from near and far to celebrate the launch of the yearly Best American Poetry anthology. This year, series editor and MFA faculty David Lehman introduced the new volume and opened the event by reading "Commotion of the Birds" by the late poet John Ashbery, a poem featured in the latest anthology. Twenty-six poets featured in Best American Poetry 2017 including Dan Albergotti, Bruce Bond, Jericho Brown, Allison Cobb, Carl Dennis, Vievee Francis, Jeffrey Harrison, W. J. Herbert, John Hodgen, David Brendan Hopes, John James, Rodney Jones, Meg Kearney, John Koethe, Jamaal May, Judson Mitcham, John Murillo, Joyce Carol Oates, Matthew Olzmann, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Robert Pinsky, Taije Silverman, Emily Van Kley, Crystal Williams, and Monica Youn, read their work at the event.

"It was a night to relish while it was happening and to remember fondly after it ended," Lehman said of the reading.

Here are a few photos from the evening courtesy of MFA alumna Gabriel Don:


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