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Poetry from the Rooftops with Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon and Ching-In Chen


This summer, the Academy of American Poets continues its tradition of summer poetry readings by from the Rooftops. This outdoor reading series is held on the newly renovated rooftop of the Arsenal Building in Central Park, and features new and emerging poets. Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon’s books of poetry include Open Interval (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009), and Black Swan (2002), which won the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Her work has been widely anthologized, and she is currently an assistant professor of English at Cornell University. Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart's Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2009). Her poems have appeared in Tea Party, Fifth Wednesday Journal, and OCHO, and are forthcoming in Iron Horse Literary Review, Water-Stone Review, and the anthology Yellow as Turmeric, Fragrant as Cloves.

Published Reviews

]Open Interval[
Published by On the Seawall
...the book’s overarching theme – the insistent sense that we live on the brink of taking new shapes with every experience. ...The speaker of these poems is invigorated by the...