The “Best of the Best” of American Poetry

in Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center
March 21st, 2013

25 years ago, poet David Lehman began a quest to document the best of the best of American poetry by creating an anthology that captured the state of the industry in the moment. Featuring veteran and amateur poets, whose work covers a breadth of topics, the “Best of American Poetry” Series has become an annual bestseller. This year, poet-laureates, Guggenheim Fellows, Pulitzer Prize Winners, novices and poetry lovers will unite on Thursday, April 4 at 6:00 PM for the “Best of the Best” of American Poetry, hosted by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.

This event will fill the halls of the Metcalf Ballroom with award-winning poetry readings hosted by Boston University Best Poetry Flyer 2013 JPGProfessor and three time Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky, the series’ 2013 guest editor.

This year’s featured speakers are several contributing poets to the current anthology, including Carl Phillips, an award-winning poet and current chancellor of the Academy of American Poets; Pulitzer Prize winner Lloyd Schwartz; and Charles Simic, a fellow poet laureate and co-poetry editor of the Paris Review. Boston University Professor and Metcalf Award winner, Rosanna Warren will also be among the speakers.

Copies of the 25th anniversary anthology will be on sale and a book signing with the poets will precede the reading.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Metcalf Ballroom is located on the second floor of the George Sherman Union at 775 Commonwealth Avenue.

For more information, contact the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at 617-353-3696 or at

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