The Poetry Society of America's 2013 national series Yet Do I Marvel: Black Iconic Poets of the 20th Century has celebrated the work of such poets as Gwendolyn Brooks, Sterling Brown, Lucille Clifton, Countee Cullen, Robert Hayden, Langston Hughes, June Jordan, Etheridge Knight, and Audre Lorde, across the country in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D. C.
In addition to these events, the Poetry Society of America asked a group of contemporary African American poets to consider the question, "What's African American about African American Poetry?"—a question posed over a decade ago, at a Poetry Society of America panel featuring Elizabeth Alexander, Cornelius Eady, Tracie Morris, and Harryette Mullen, moderated by Kevin Young. That conversation was reprinted and can be read in Fence magazine. The current responses to that question can be read below.