Upcoming Events

Friday, Feb 17, 7:00pm
Mill Valley, CA

PSA 2016 NATIONAL SERIES: Poetry and the Natural World
with Jane Hirshfield & Robert Pinsky and Michael Wall

The Poetry Society of America's current national series, Poetry and the Natural World, is travelling to five cities with a focus on poems and poets from any era that are in conversation with, or are inspired by, nature. In this third installment, we'll hear from Jane Hirshfield and former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, who will be joined by Michael Wall, Co-director of Litigation at the National Resources Defense Council. Their readings and presentations will be followed by a conversation moderated by PSA's Executive Director Alice Quinn.

Jane Hirshfield's most recent book is The Beauty (Knopf, 2015), long-listed for the National Book Award and named a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. Her new book of essays, Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (Knopf, 2015), received the Northern California Book Award

Robert Pinsky's new book of poems, At the Foundling Hospital, was published last December by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. As Poet Laureate of the United States (1997-2000), he founded the Favorite Poem Project. He is a William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor at Boston University.

Michael Wall is Co-director of Litigation at the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). He litigates major cases to prevent pollution, protect public health and the environment, and preserve the rights of all Americans to seek justice in the courts. Among other cases, he has led the plaintiffs' trial teams in lawsuits that reshaped federal and state water project operations in California's Central Valley.

Co-sponsored by the Mill Valley Public Library and the Poetry Society of America
Admission is free.

Mill Valley Public Library
375 Throckmorton Ave.
Mill Valley, CA 94941


Wednesday, Feb 22, 7:00pm

New York, NY
A Tribute to C.K. Williams

A reading to honor the late Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C.K. Williams, who published 22 books of poetry. Paul Muldoon, James Richardson, Alan Shapiro, Chase Twichell, Susan Wheeler, and Adam Zagajewski will read and celebrate his work.

Co-sponsored by Farrar, Straus and Giroux & The New School Creative Writing Program

Admission is free.

The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street
Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011


Thursday, Mar 9, 7:00pm
New York, NY

featuring Kevin Young, with Laurin Macios

Kevin Young is the author of ten books of poetry, including most recently Blue Laws, longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award; Book of Hours, winner of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award; ArdencyA Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels, winner of a 2012 American Book Award; and Jelly Roll: A Blues, a finalist for the National Book Award. His book The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness won the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, was a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and won the PEN Open Book Award. 

Co-Sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program

Admission is free.

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
New York University
58 West 10th Street
New York, NY  10003


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