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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 1, 7:00pm
New York, NY


PEN Worlds Voices partners with the Poetry Society of America in offering an exciting and instructive seminar on the topic of bravery—aesthetic, political, personal, sexual—in poetry.  Major contemporary poets and writers discuss what constitutes bravery in the work of an important predecessor or contemporary.  

Edward Hirsch on  Joseph Brodsky
Henri Cole on James Merrill
Yusef Komunyakaa on Muriel Rukeyser
Eileen Myles on Akilah Oliver
Paul Auster on George Oppen
Hilton Als on Brenda Shaughnessy  
Mary Karr on Zbigniew Herbert

Tickets $30/$15 PSA Members (with the discount code PENPSA)

For more information and the list of all the PEN Festival events visit

The New School
Tishman Auditorium
66 W 12th St
New York, NY 10011



Friday, May 3, 7:00pm
New York, NY


Come celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the PSA Chapbook Fellowship with readings by 2013 Chapbook Fellows Danielle BlauEric BlimanJustin Boening, and Cherry Pickman, alongside poet Matthew Rohrer and two of this year's poet-judges Vijay Seshadri and Dara Wier.

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

The fifth annual City University of New York Chapbook Festival will be held from May 3 to May 4 at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. The program features workshops on publishing chapbooks—fine press printing, marketing, and more— for both writers and publishers, as well as readings and a bookfair. All events are free and open to the public. Visit the website for information about the 2013 festival:

Admission is free.

The Center for the Humanities
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


Friday, May 10, 8pm
New York, NY

W. S. Merwin with J. D. McClatchy

Our friends at the Poetry Center are pleased to offer a special discount of 15% off the ticket price to PSA members. Simply visit and enter promo code MERWIN upon checkout. It's a rare New York appearance for Mr. Merwin, who returns to the 92Y upon the publication of his Collected Poems by the Library of America. He will sit for a candid conversation with J. D. McClatchy and also read from his work.

92nd Street Y
Kaufmann Concert Hall
Lexington Avenue at 92nd St


Saturday, May 11, 4:00pm
Bronx, New York

Alex Dimitrov, Harmony Holiday, and Patrick Rosal

To celebrate spring, poets will read classic favorites as well as their own work at the largest botanical garden in the United States.

Co-sponsored by The New York Botanical Garden.

Admission is free with All Garden Pass admission to the Botanical Garden.

For directions see

New York Botanical Garden
Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road