poets.JPGNew York, N.Y. - 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. Poetry on the High Line On July 23 at 6:30pm, as the summer sun sets on the High Line, poets Yusef Komunyakaa, Matt Rasmussen, and Evie Shockley will kick off the season at the amphitheater overlooking 10th Avenue. 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. Poetry at New York Public Library On August 13 at 6:30pm, Eduardo C. Corral, Matthea Harvey, and Jennifer Militello converge in the Margaret Liebman Berger Forum room of The New York Public Library to share their poems. Eduardo C. Corral's first book, Slow Lightning, won the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. He is also the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and he is a CantoMundo fellow. Matthea Harvey is the author of three books of poetry, including her latest, Modern Life (Graywolf, 2007), which earned her the 2009 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book. Matthea is a contributing editor for jubilat, Meatpaper, and BOMB. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. Jennifer Militello is the author of three collections of poetry, including Body Thesaurus (Tupelo Press, 2013), named by Marilyn Hacker as a finalist for the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, and Flinch of Song (2009), winner of the Tupelo Press First Book Award. She has received grants and fellowships from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Militello is the founding director of the creative writing program at River Valley Community College in New Hampshire. On September 10 at 6:30pm, poets Stephen Burt, Michael Cirelli, and Amy Lawless close the season at the library. Stephen Burt is a poet, literary critic, professor and author of eight books, including two poetry collections and two books of poetry criticism. His essay collection Close Calls with Nonsense (Graywolf Press, 2009) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest collection of poems, Belmont, was published this summer. Burt is a Professor of English at Harvard University. Michael Cirelli is the author of several books of poetry, including his latest, The Grind (Hanging Loose Press, 2013). As a performer, he has been a National Poetry Slam finalist and was featured on the HBO series Def Poetry Jam and Brave New Voices. He is currently the Executive Director of Urban Word NYC. Amy Lawless is the author of two collections of poetry: My Dead (Octopus Books, 2013) and Noctis Licentia (Black Maze Books, 2008). She was a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow.  *** All events are free and open to the public. Capacity is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. These events are made possible in part by support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. About the Academy of American Poets The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets. For over three generations, the Academy has connected millions of people to great poetry through programs such as National Poetry Month, the largest literary celebration in the world; Poets.org, the Academy's popular website; American Poet, a biannual literary journal; and an annual series of poetry readings and special events. Since its founding in 1934, the Academy has awarded more money to poets than any other organization. www.poets.org.   About the High Line and Friends of the High Line The High Line is an elevated freight rail line transformed into a public park on Manhattan's West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line's preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. It is now the non-profit conservancy working with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to make sure the High Line is maintained as an extraordinary public space for all visitors to enjoy. In addition to overseeing maintenance, operations, and public programming for the park, Friends of the High Line works to raise the essential private funds to support more than 90 percent of the park's annual operating budget, and to advocate for the transformation of the High Line at the Rail Yards, the third and final section of the historic structure, which runs between West 30th and West 34th Streets. About The New York Public Library The New York Public Library is a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond. With 91 locations-including research and branch libraries-throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the Library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years. The New York Public Library serves more than 18 million patrons who come through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at www.nypl.org. To offer this wide array of free programming, The New York Public Library relies on both public and private funding. Learn more about how to support the Library at nypl.org/support.