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Poetry at the High Line Amphitheater

This summer, the Academy of American Poets will continue its tradition of free summer poetry readings with a diverse lineup of award-winning poets sharing their work at historic New York City locales—from the reinvented rails of the High Line to The New York Public Library’s iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

July 23, 6:30 p.m.
Yusef Komunyakaa, Matt Rasmussen & Evie Shockley


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.

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.

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.



All events are FREE and open to the public. Capacity is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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