Season of Events

The Poetry Society of America is excited to announce our Fall Calendar of Events, which includes a special celebration of Bertolt Brecht's love poems directed by Tony Kushner; readings and conversations with Lynn Emanuel, Jorie Graham, Peter Gizzi, Terrance Hayes, Claudia Rankine; tributes to Mark Strand and Jean Valentine; our National Series The Voice of Women in American Poetry; and programming at the New York Botanical Garden with Billy Collins and Chase Twichell.


Thursday, Sep 18, 7:00pm
Pasadena, CA

with Cyrus Cassells, Carol Muske-Dukes, and Maggie Nelson

The PSA's 2014 National Series pays tribute to the immense achievement of a wide range of poets, from Emily Dickinson and Emma Lazarus to Sylvia Plath, Gwendolyn Brooks, Adrienne Rich, and Wanda Coleman. In this Pasadena installment, distinguished contemporary poets will celebrate the lives and poetry of three 20th century figures, discussing their influence and reading poems of their own in tribute:

Cyrus Cassells on Ai
Carol Muske-Dukes on Ina Coolbrith
Maggie Nelson on Eileen Myles

Admission is free.

Co-sponsored by the Pasadena Central Library.

Pasadena Central Library Auditorium
285 E. Walnut St.
Pasadena, CA 


Tuesday, Sep 23, 7:00pm
New York, NY

with Catherine Barnett, Mark Doty, and Timothy Liu

Jean Valentine won the Yale Younger Poets Award for her first book, Dream Barker, in 1965. Her 12th book of poetry is Break the Glass (Copper Canyon Press, 2010). Her next book, Shirt in Heaven, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon in 2015. Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems 1965–2003 was the winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry. The recipient of the 2009 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, Valentine has taught at Sarah Lawrence, New York University, and Columbia. She lives in New York City.

Co-presented by Bryant Park Reading Room.

Admission is free.

Bryant Park Reading Room
Located at 42nd Street side of Bryant Park at Sixth Avenue
Look for the  burgundy and white umbrellas.


Don't forget to visit our website features In Their Own Words, which presents poets writing about the genesis of their poems and Site Visits, which interviews editors of online poetry journals.