High Line Live!: Academy of American Poets: Poetry on the High Line

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

High Line Live!: Academy of American Poets: Poetry on the High Line

This summer, the Academy of American Poets continues its tradition of free summer poetry readings at historic sites around New York City.

Join us on the High Line for the kick-off of the 2013 poetry series with readings from award-winning poets Yusef Komunyakaa, Matt Rasmussen, and Evie Shockley.

10th Avenue Square
On the High Line at West 17th Street

In the event of rain, this program will be cancelled. Check back or follow @highlinenyc on Twitter for updates on Tuesday by 3:00 PM.

This High Line Program is free and open to visitors of all ages. No RSVP required.

Stay for dinner and dessert! On the High Line between West 15th and West 16th Streets you will find tacos, gelato, ice pops, and more seasonal treats from our food vendors, as well as Terroir at The Porch, a full-service, open-air café serving beer, wine, and small plates with sweeping views of the Hudson River. Learn more

About Yusef Komunyakaa
Yusef Komunyakaa is the author of many books of poetry, as well as non-fiction and dramatic works. His latest poetry book is The Chameleon Couch (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011). Komunyakaa is the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the Wallace Stevens Award, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. He is a former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and he currently serves as Distinguished Senior Poet in New York University’s graduate creative writing program.

About Matt Rasmussen
Matt Rasmussen’s poetry collection, Black Aperture, was selected by Jane Hirshfield as the winner of the 2012 Walt Whitman Award and was published by Louisiana State University Press in May 2013. He is the co-founder of the independent poetry press Birds, LLC, and he teaches literature and creative writing at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota.

About Evie Shockley
Evie Shockley is the author of several books of poetry, including her latest book, the new black (Wesleyan University Press, 2011). She is a Cave Canem fellow and was co-editor of the poetry journal jubilat from 2004-2007. She currently teaches African American Literature and Creative Writing at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Poetry on the High Line is presented by Friends of the High Line in partnership with the Academy of American Poets.