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In November 1999, the PSA (in collaboration with Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky and the New School Writing Department) presented the festival "What's American About American Poetry."  In preparation for the festival, a survey with general questions about the current state of poetry in America was mailed to  poets across the country, representing a diverse range of genres, cultures, and aesthetics.

Ten years later, the Poetry Society asked a new group of poets a version of those questions. Over the next few months we will be adding those answers to the archived answers from 1999.

2010

Adrian Matejka

Ravi Shankar

Tony Tost

Prageeta Sharma

Cynthia Cruz

Matthew Shenoda

Rodrigo Toscano

Michelle Taransky

Timothy Liu

Alan Michael Parker

David Yezzi

Amy King

Marcella Durand

Sarah Gambito

Allison Hedge Coke

Fady Joudah

Lara Glenum

Anthony McCann

Sarah Manguso

Kazim Ali

CAConrad

Erin Belieu

Steven Cordova

John Murillo

Maria Melendez

Ken Chen

Jordan Davis

Francisco Aragón

Ana Božičević

Elizabeth Robinson

Tina Chang

Brian Teare

Jericho Brown

Jared Stanley

Aaron McCollough

Barbara Jane Reyes

Seth Abramson

Jill Alexander Essbaum

Jibade-Khalil Huffman

Graham Foust

Sharon Mesmer

Ben Doller

Camille T. Dungy

Edwin Torres

Brian Henry

Joshua Corey

Joan Houlihan

Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Ada Limon

Dan Beachy-Quick

Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Dante Micheaux

Jennifer Scappettone

Cate Marvin

Danielle Pafunda

Brent Cunningham

Arielle Greenberg

K. Silem Mohammad

Srikanth Reddy

Julie Carr

1999

Tom Disch

Bob Holman

Gail Mazur

Dara Wier

Hal Sirowitz

Campbell McGrath

Carl Dennis

Colette Inez

Eleanor Wilner

Miller Williams

Andrea Hollander Budy

Anne Stevenson

Arthur Vogelsang

Jack Gilbert

James Cummins

Charles Martin

Diane Wakoski

Carolyn Kizer

Carol Muske-Dukes

David Rivard

Denise Duhamel

David Ray

X. J. Kennedy

Suzanne Gardinier

Jacqueline Osherow

Josephine Jacobsen

Frank Lima

J.D. McClatchy

Karen Swenson

Lawrence Joseph

Luis J. Rodriguez

Lynn Emanuel

Rachel Hadas

Robert McDowell

Timothy Liu

Vicky Karp

Vijay Seshadri

William Corbett

Anselm Hollo

Frank Bidart

Thom Gunn

Ann Lauterbach

Joseph Bruchac

Marilyn Hacker

David Lehman

Rafael Campo

Susan Wheeler

Rika Lesser

Grace Schulman

Nick Carbo

Philip Levine

Lloyd Schwartz

Marilyn Chin

Andrei Codrescu

Sam Hamill

Harvey Shapiro

Henri Cole

Michael S. Harper

Elizabeth Macklin

Naomi Shihab Nye

Wanda Coleman

Aaron Shurin

Gillian Conoley

Ron Silliman

Angela Jackson

Mark Doty

Paul Hoover

Clayton Eshleman

Bin Ramke

Kenneth Koch

Ted Kooser

Donald Revell

Sandra M. Gilbert

Maxine Kumin

Amy Gerstler

Richard Wilbur

W.S. Merwin

Elaine Equi

E. Ethelbert Miller