September Events

Tuesday, Sep 12, 7:00pm
New York, NY

Dante Among Friends
with Robin Coste Lewis, Kevin Young, and hosted by Terrance McKnight

On the occasion of the exhibition Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends, MoMA published Robert Rauschenberg: Thirty-Four Illustrations for Dante's Inferno, featuring newly commissioned works by acclaimed poets Kevin Young and Robin Coste Lewis that respond to Rauschenberg's celebrated series and offer a personal vision of hell. On September 12, Young and Coste Lewis will read a selection of these works in an evening of poetry and music curated by WQXR's Terrance McKnight and performed by a host of extraordinary invited guests. 

Purchase of a ticket to this program includes free admission to the Museum through the run of Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends, closing September 17.

Tickets are available here.

Museum of Modern Art
11 W 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019


Friday, Sep 15, 7:30pm
Brooklyn, NY

A Tribute to Marianne Moore

Marianne Moore's New Collected Poems recently published by Farrar Straus & Giroux is a landmark edition of the work of one of the major innovators of poetic modernism. The editor Heather Cass White joins Margo Jefferson, Timothy Donnelly, Maureen N. McLane, and Eleanor Chai to read favorite poems from the new collection. The evening also includes actors Patrick Breen and Maria Tucci reading excerpts from the correspondence Moore conducted with the scrupulously diplomatic representative from the Ford Motor Company, which invited her suggestions for its new line of car. (The company bemusedly resisted these, including Utopian Turtletop, and named the car Edsel after one of Henry Ford's sons.) Highlights from Moore's collaboration with Cassius Clay on his album I Am the Greatest will also be featured, and the evening will include members of the Brooklyn Art Song Society performing two songs Virgil Thompson set to Moore poems.

At 6: 30 PM, we welcome you to join us at the Camperdown Elm in Prospect Park and spend some time admiring the tree while reading Moore's poem "The Camperdown Elm."

Presented in collaboration with the Brooklyn Public Library, Farrar, Straus & Giroux,
and Prospect Park Alliance.

Free and open to the public.

Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238


Sunday, Sep 17
Brooklyn, NY


The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of literary stars and emerging authors who represent the exciting world of literature today. One of America's premier book festivals, this hip, smart, diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages. Poets participating this year include Kaveh AkbarWill BrewerCarolyn ForchéRobin Coste LewisLayli Long SoldierAja Monet, Meghan O'RourkeMorgan ParkerTommy PicoErika L. Sánchez, sam saxNicole SealeyDanez SmithMai Der Vang, and Javier Zamora.

Brooklyn Borough Hall and surrounding venues.

For a full calendar of Brooklyn Book Festival events visit here.


Tuesday, Sep 26, 6:00pm
New York, NY

Poets Speak: Charles Bernstein & Sergio Bessa on Mira Schendel

In conjunction with the exhibition 'Mira Schendel. Sarrafos and Black and White Works,' Hauser & Wirth and the Poetry Society of America co-present a reading and talk with Charles Bernstein and Sergio Bessa on Schendel's work, the Noigandres poets and concrete poetry, as well as a reading of poetry by Brazilian poet and close friend of Schendel's Haroldo de Campos (1929–2003).

Charles Bernstein is the Donald T. Regan Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His most recent collection of critical essays is Pitch of Poetry and his recent poetry collections include Recalculating and All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems.

Sergio Bessa is the Bronx Museum's Director of Curatorial and Education Programs. He has contributed texts to numerous catalogues, anthologies, and scholarly journals, and is the author of Öyvind Fahlström: The Art of Writing and a co-editor and translator of Haroldo de Campos' Novas: Selected Writings.

Free and open to the public.

Hauser & Wirth
32 East 69th Street
New York, NY 10021


Thursday, Sep 28, 7:00pm
New York, NY

Meghan O'Rourke, with Deborah Landau

Meghan O'Rourke is the author of three poetry collections Sun in Days (W. W. Norton, 2017), Once (2011), and Halflife (2007), as well as a memoir, The Long Goodbye (Riverhead, 2012). She has received  a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship, among others. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Co-Sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program

Free and open to the public.

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