Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 10, 7:00pm
New York, NY


The PSA Readings at McNally Jackson:
Joshua Bennett and Jennifer Kronovet

Joshua Bennett is the author of The Sobbing School (Penguin, 2016), which was a winner of the 2015 National Poetry Series.He has received fellowships from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Cave Canem, the Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust, and the Ford Foundation. He is currently a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard University.

Jennifer Kronovet is the author of  The Wug Test (Ecco Press, 2016), which was a winner of the 2015 National Poetry Series, and Awayward. She co-translated The Acrobat, the selected poems of Yiddish writer Celia Dropkin. Under the name Jennifer Stern, she co-translated Empty Chairs, poetry by the Chinese writer Liu Xia. Born and raised in New York City, she's also lived in several cities in the Midwest and China.

Admission is free.

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012


Friday, Feb 10, 1:30pm
Washington, DC


A Tribute to Marie Ponsot at AWP

Marie Ponsot is an award-winning American poet, essayist, teacher, and translator, whose books include The Bird Catcher, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the new Collected Poems, both published by Alfred A. Knopf. At this tribute reading, Ponsot's work will be held aloft by Alice QuinnKevin YoungMarie Howe, Jonathan Wells, and Catherine Woodard, as they celebrate her unique place in contemporary letters, sharing and discussing their favorite poems, and conveying the impact Marie has had. Marie Ponsot reads, as well.

Washington Convention Center
Level Two, Room 209 ABC
Washington DC 



Friday, Feb 10, 8:30pm
Washington, DC


Eileen Myles, Alice Notley, and Sonia Sanchez, with Alice Quinn

Eileen Myles
Alice Notley, and Sonia Sanchez, three acclaimed contemporary poets, all of whom have won the Poetry Society of America Shelley Memorial Award, will read from their work. The reading will be followed by a conversation moderated by PSA Executive Director Alice Quinn.

Eileen Myles has published more than twenty collections of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, plays and libretti, including, most recently, I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems and Chelsea Girls (re-issued in 2015). Inferno (a poet's novel) is now available on iTunes in her own voice and The Importance of Being Iceland/travel essays in art was supported by a Warhol/Creative Capital art writers' grant. She was awarded the Poetry Society of America's Shelley Award in 2010 and has received a Guggenheim fellowship and a poetry award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. She lives in New York and Marfa, Texas.

Alice Notley is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose, and has edited and co-edited books by Ted Berrigan and Douglas Oliver. She edited the magazine Chicago in the 1970s and co-edited with Oliver the magazines Scarlet and Gare du Nord in the 1990s. She is the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Griffin Prize, the Poetry Society of America's Shelley Memorial Award, the Lenore Marshall Prize, and the  Poetry Foundation's Ruth Lilly Prize. Her latest book is Certain Magical Acts, from Penguin.  

Sonia Sanchez is the author of more than a dozen books, including Does Your House Have Lions? (1995), Shake Loose My Skin (1999), and, most recently, Morning Haiku (2010). A recipient of numerous awards and honors including a National Endowment for the Arts  fellowship and an American Book Award, she was the Poetry Society of America's 2001 Frost Medalist and 2016 Shelley Memorial Award winner. Sanchez has lectured at over 500 universities and colleges in the United States. She was the first Presidential Fellow at Temple University and she held the Laura Carnell Chair in English at Temple University.

Washington Convention Center
Level Three, Ballroom A
Washington DC 


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