Upcoming Events

Monday, Nov 2, 6:00pm
New York, NY

Poems for All! A Celebration of Knopf/Everyman's Library Pocket Poets featuring Eavan Boland, Billy Collins, Mark Doty, Vijay Seshadri, and Maria Tucci.

Actors and poets gather to read favorite poems from the more than one hundred volumes on this extraordinary list of books, anchored in the 20th century and roundly flourishing in the 21st: Animal Poems, Poems of the Sea, Cat Poems, Dog Poems, Zen Poems, War Poems, Garden Poems, and more.

Admission is free.

Reserve your seat HERE. (For assistance with online reservations, please visit the welcome desk at the Library for the Performing Arts' Lincoln Center Plaza entrance, where volunteers will make a reservation for you, even if you do not use email. All registered seats are released 15 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early.)

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
Bruno Walter Auditorium
111 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY  


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

with Richie Hofmann & Rickey Laurentiis

Richie Hofmann is the author of the collection, Second Empire (Alice James Books, 2015), winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award.  He is the recipient of a 2012 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, and his poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares,The New RepublicKenyon Review, and Poetry.

Rickey Laurentiis is the author of Boy with Thorn, selected by Terrance Hayes for the 2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, forthcoming from University of Pittsburgh Press in Fall 2015. He is the recipient of a 2013 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2012 Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Born and raised in New Orleans, he currently resides in Brooklyn.

Admission is free.

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
New York, NY  10012


Sunday, Nov 15, 3:00pm
New York, NY

Owen Sheers with Nick Laird

Owen Sheers will read from his play Pink Mist and Nick Laird will read new poems. A conversation and Q&A with the audience will follow.

Owen Sheers is an author, poet and playwright. He has published two poetry collections, The Blue Book and Skirrid Hill, which won a Somerset Maugham Award. His verse drama Pink Mist, commissioned by BBC Radio 4 and published by Faber in June 2013, won the Hay Festival Poetry Medal and the Wales Book of the Year 2014.

Nick Laird is a poet and novelist from Northern Ireland. His most recent poetry collection, Go Giants, was published by W. W. Norton in 2013. He is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University in New York.

Wine and cheese reception to follow.

Sponsored by Faber UK.

Thirteenth Street Repertory Theatre
50 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011


Monday, Nov 16, 6:30pm
Queens, NY

LITERARY LEGACIES: Robin Coste Lewis and Sharon Olds

Literary Legacies explores issues of influence among noteworthy contemporary poets. This latest installment of the series pairs former teacher and student, Robin Coste Lewis and Sharon Olds, to read from their work and have a conversation with Alice Quinn.

Robin Coste Lewis is the author of Voyage of the Sable Venus (Knopf, 2015) a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry. She is a Provost's Fellow at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.

Sharon Olds is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including most recently Stag's Leap (Alfred A. Knopf, 2012), recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and the T. S. Eliot Prize. She held the position of New York state poet laureate from 1998 to 2000 and currently teaches poetry workshops at New York University's Graduate Creative Writing Program as well as a workshop at Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island in New York

Co-sponsored by Queens College MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation.

Admission is free.

Queens College
Godwin Ternbach Museum
Klapper Hall


Thursday, Nov 19, 7:00pm
New York, NY

Nick Flynn & Gregory Pardlo, with Alice Quinn

Nick Flynn has received fellowships and awards from, among other organizations, The Guggenheim Foundation, PEN, and The Library of Congress. He is currently a professor of creative writing at the University of Houston, where he is in residence each spring. In 2015 he published his ninth book, My Feelings (Graywolf), a collection of poems.

Gregory Pardlo's collection Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Digest was also shortlisted for the 2015 NAACP Image Award and is a current finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His other honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. His first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. Pardlo lives with his family in Brooklyn.

Admission is free.

Co-sponsored by Poets Out Loud, Fordham University's poetry series.

Lincoln Center Campus
113 West 60th Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10023