Creative Writing at The New School

Each year, MFA poetry coordinator David Lehman brings The Best American Poetry Reading to The New School for an unparalleled celebration of the previous year of American poetry publishing. Lehman, who has served as series editor since the first edition of the anthology 25 years ago, selects an annual guest judge to bring new perspective to the series. This year, Denise Duhamel was honored with the distinction of guest editor, and contributed her keen eye for wit and innovation to the selection process.

Best American Poetry 2013Featured readers for the 2013 launch represent the great variety of poetry being published in America today. This year's line-up of Best American Poets includes The New School faculty and alumni. School of Writing faculty member Noelle Kocot makes a repeat appearance this year, and is joined by two MFA poetry alumni, Amy Lawless and Angela Veronica Wong, whose poem, "It Can Feel Amazing to Be Targeted By a Narcissist," is the first collaborative poem to be featured in Best American Poetry. Also included in this year's anthology is a posthumous poem by Paul Violi, beloved faculty member of The New School MFA in poetry.

From the publisher:

"Over the last twenty-five years, the Best American Poetry series has become an annual rite of autumn, eagerly awaited and hotly debated: "an essential purchase" (The Washington Post). This year, guest editor Denise Duhamel brings her wit and enthusiasm and her commitment to poetry in all its wide variety to bear on her choices for The Best American Poetry 2013. These acts of imagination—from known stars and exciting newcomers—testify to the vitality of an art form that continues to endure and flourish, defying dour predictions of its demise, in the digital age. This edition of the most important poetry anthology in the United States opens with David Lehman's incisive "state of the art" essay and Denise Duhamel's engagingly candid discussion of the seventy-five poems that made her final cut."

The Best American Poetry Reading 2013
Thursday, September 19, 2013 7:00pm
The New School, Tishman Auditorium, 66 W. 12th Street, first floor
Free admission


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About The Author

Justin Sherwood's poems and essays have appeared in H_NGM_N, ILK Journal, The Poetry Project Newsletter, New Criticals, and elsewhere. He is a graduate of the MFA creative writing program at The New School, where he was selected for the 2012 Paul Violi Prize in Poetry. Find him on Twitter at @JustinSherwood