Upcoming Events

Sunday, May 7, 2:30pm
Salem, MA

PSA 2016 NATIONAL SERIES: Poetry and the Natural World
with Louise Glück

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 fourth installment, we are excited to feature Louise Glück, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her book The Wild Iris.

Louise Glück is a former Poet Laureate of the United States and the author of a dozen widely acclaimed books, including her most recent collection, Faithful and Virtuous Night, which won the 2014 National Book Award for Poetry. Her new book of essays, American Originality, was just published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Co-sponsored by Mass Poetry and the Poetry Society of America

Admission included with Massachusetts Poetry Festival button

PEM Morse Auditorium 
Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970


Wednesday, May 10, 7:00pm
New York, NY

The PSA Readings at McNally Jackson:
Tommy Pico and Jana Prikryl


Tommy Pico is author IRL (Birds, LLC, 2016), Nature Poem (forthcoming from Tin House Books, 2017), and the zine series Hey, Teebs. He has been a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, a 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, and a 2016 Tin House summer poetry scholar.

Jana Prikryl's first collection is The After Party (Tim Duggan Books, 2016). Her poems have appeared in The New YorkerHarper's, the London Review of Books, and The Paris Review, and she writes essays on photography and film for The Nation and The New York Review of Books, where she works as a senior editor.

Admission is free.

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012


Thursday, May 11, 7:00pm
New York, NY

The Poetry Society of America Chapbook Reading

Come celebrate the 14th Anniversary of the PSA Chapbook Fellowship program with readings by our 2016 Chapbook Fellows William Brewer, Ryan Black, Analicia Sotelo, and Brandon Kreitler alongside this year's poet judges Rigoberto González, Linda Gregerson, Major Jackson, and Marilyn Nelson.

Admission is free.

Cooper Union
Frederick P. Rose Auditorium
41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)


Tuesday, May 16, 7:00pm
New York, NY

When the Towers Fell


Join the Poetry Society of America and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum for a night of poetry and conversation as we reflect on the 15 years that have passed since September 11, 2001. A special presentation of Galway Kinnell's poem, "When the Towers Fell," by juniors and seniors from Stuyvesant High School will be followed by curated poetry readings by Rosebud Ben-Oni and Noel Quiñones, and a conversation with PSA Executive Director Alice Quinn.

Attendees are invited to view the Museum's special exhibition, "Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11," from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m

Admission is free. Click here to reserve your ticket.

9/11 Memorial & Museum
180 Greenwich St.
New York, NY 10007


Thursday, May 18, 7:00pm
New York, NY

Emily Dickinson: My Letter to the World

From the producers of the Emily Dickinson biopic, A Quiet Passion, this documentary is an in-depth examination of the life and work of one of America's greatest poets, narrated by Cynthia Nixon. Join director Sol Papadopoulos of Hurricane Films for a postscreening discussion. Co-sponsored by Poetry Society of America.

My Letter to the World Promo from Hurricane Films on Vimeo.

Tickets: $15; $10 for Morgan and Poetry Society of America members.

Visit themorgan.org/programs or call 212.685.0008, ext. 560, to charge your order. 

The exhibition I'm Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson will be open at 6 pm for program attendees.

The Morgan Library
225 Madison Avenue at East 36th Street
New York City


Tuesday, May 23, 6:30pm
Santa Monica, CA

PSA 2016 NATIONAL SERIES: Poetry and the Natural World
with Harryette Mullen


The Poetry Society of America's current national series, Poetry and the Natural World, has been travelling across the country focusing on poems and poets from any era that are in conversation with, or are inspired by, nature. In this fifth and final installment, Harryette Mullen will read a selection of tanka and haiku. A painter will respond in real-time.

Harryette Mullen has published seven books of poetry, including Urban Tumbleweed: Notes from a Tanka Diary (Graywolf Press, 2013) and Sleeping with the Dictionary University of California, 2002), a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She teaches at UCLA.

Co-sponsored by the Annenberg Beach House and the Poetry Society of America

Admission is free.

Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, CA 90402


Monday, May 22, 7:00pm
New York, NY


Readings by James Arthur, Alex Dimitrov, Vincent Katz, Deborah Landau, Carol Muske-Dukes, Amit Majmudar, Tomas Q. Morin, Paul Muldoon, Dennis Nurkse, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Maggie Smith, and Monica Sok from the new anthology Resistance, Rebellion, Life: 50 Poems Now (Knopf, May 2017), crucial poems written in response to the current political climate, selected and introduced by the Ohio Poet Laureate—and son of immigrants—Amit Majmudar.

In a political atmosphere where language and even meaning itself are continually under threat, poetry has a critical role to play. And our poets have been responding—in the streets and at their desks, demanding a full accounting from themselves and from their nation. Majmudar's elegant introduction to these vital poems reminds us that "false stories take a lot of killing because they are made of language. Because they are made of language, though, they can be killed." From Solmaz Sharif and Eileen Myles to Kevin Young and Juan Felipe Herrera, American poets of diverse styles and strategies have contributed their truths: scenes from the front lines of resistance, and from the interior of our collective conscience.

Presented by Alfred A. Knopf and co-sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program and the Poetry Society of America.

Tishman Auditorium
NYU School of Law
40 Washington Sq South
New York, New York 10012