Spring 2016

All Events

 

Thursday, Sep 8, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE PSA READINGS AT MCNALLY JACKSON:
Cynthia Cruz and Ocean Vuong

Cynthia Cruz is the author of four collections of poetry: Ruin, The Glimmering Room, Wunderkammer, and How the End Begins, published in March of 2016. Her essays, interviews, and writing on art have been published in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Guernica, and Hyperallergic. Cruz has received fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony as well as a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. She has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College in writing and an MFA in Art Criticism & Writing from the School of Visual Arts.

Ocean Vuong is the author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds 
(Copper Canyon Press, 2016). A 2016 Whiting Award winner and Ruth Lilly fellow, he has received honors from The Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, and Narrative magazine, as well as a Pushcart Prize. His writing has been featured in the Kenyon Review, GRANTA, The Nation, the New Republic, the New Yorker, The New York Times, Poetry, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in New York City.

Admission is free. 

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012 

 
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Thursday, Sep 15, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION
Sharon Olds, with Deborah Landau

Sharon Olds is the author of 12 books of poetry, most recently Stag's Leap (2012), winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the T.S. Eliot prize. She was born in San Francisco and educated at Stanford University and Columbia University. Olds teaches in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University and helped to found the NYU workshop programs for residents of Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island and for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. She lives in New Hampshire and in New York City. Her thirteenth book, Odes, is forthcoming from Knopf in 2016.

Co-Sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program

Admission is free.

Rosenthal Pavilion
10th floor, Kimmel Center
60 Washington Sq South
New York, NY 

 
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Sunday, Sep 18

Brooklyn, NY

BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL

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 Beth Bachmann, Tina Chang, Martha Collins, Cynthia Cruz, Paolo Javier, Tyehimba Jess, Yusef Kumunyakaa, Rickey Laurentiis, Camille Rankine, Patrick Rosal, Solmaz Sharif, Ocean Vuong, and Monica Youn.

Brooklyn Borough Hall and surrounding venues
For a full calendar of Brooklyn Book Festival events visit here.

THE POETRY EVENTS AT THE FESTIVAL


New Works: A Poetry Reading
Main Stage, Columbus Park, 12:00pm

Poets Camille Rankine (Incorrect Merciful Impulses), Ocean Vuong (Night Sky with Exit Wounds), Monica Youn (Blackacre), and Rickey Laurentiis (Boy With Thorn) will read from their recently published volumes of poetry. Moderated by Ricardo Alberto Maldonado, 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center.

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Poets Laureate Past and Present Reading
Brooklyn Historical Society Library, 128 Pierrepont St, 1:00pm

Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang, former Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier and New York State Poet Laureate Yusef Komunyakaa read from their work. Introduced by Alice Quinn of the Poetry Society of America.

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Risky Business
North Stage, Cadman Plaza East, 2:00pm

Poets Beth Bachmann (Do Not Rise), Cynthia Cruz (How the End Begins), and Patrick Rosal (Brooklyn Antediluvian) discuss what's at stake in their work, and what it means to give the personal a public life on the page. Moderated by Mary Gannon, Academy of American Poets.

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Truth to Form
St. Francis College Auditorium, 180 Remsen St, 4:00pm

Poets Martha Collins (Admit One: An American Scrapbook), Tyehimba Jess (Olio), and Solmaz Sharif (Look) share insight into the creative process behind poetic works that rely on research, reportage, and repurposed text, and explore what's possible when poetry comes into conversation with real life. Moderated by Hafizah Geter, Cave Canem Foundation.

 
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Tuesday, Sep 20, 7:00pm

Cambridge, MA

THE GLORIES OF POETRY IN TRANSLATION, PART 2
with David McCann, Chloe Garcia Roberts, & Patrick Sylvain, hosted by Martha Collins

Join us as Martha Collins hosts poets and translators David McCann, Chloe Garcia Roberts, and Patrick Sylvain, who will read from their translated works and share their insight on the process and experience of poetry translation.

David McCann's books of translations include Azaleas, Poems by Kim Sowôl (Columbia University Press, 2007), Traveler Maps: Poems by Ko Un (Tamal Vista Press, 2004), The Columbia Anthology of Modern Korean Poetry (Columbia University Press, 2004), and Early Korean Literature: Selections and Introductions (Columbia University Press, 2001). A collection of his original sijo poems in English, Urban Temple (Bo-Leaf, 2010), was published in a dual-language edition by Changbi Publishers in 2012, and Slipping Away, a p'ansori-style narrative poem, by Finishing Line Press in 2013.  His most recent book of poems, Same Bird, was published this year by Moon Pie Press.

Chloe Garcia Roberts is the author of The Reveal (Noemi Press) and the translator of Li Shangyin's Derangements of My Contemporaries: Miscellaneous Notes (New Directions), which was awarded a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant. Her work has appeared in the publications BOMBBoston ReviewA Public Space, and Interim Magazine among others. She lives in Boston and is managing editor for Harvard Review.

Patrick Sylvain is a Haitian-American writer, translator, and poet. He is an instructor of Haitian language and culture at Brown University's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and he has taught at Harvard, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Tufts University, and UMASS Boston. His work appears widely, including in Agni, Callaloo, Ploughshares, and more. He graduated as a Conant Fellow from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, where he received his EdM, and also holds an MFA from Boston University, where he was a Robert Pinsky Global Fellow. His latest book of translations is Love, Lust & Loss/Lanmou lanvi ak pèdans.

Admission is free.

First Parish Church, Helverson Parlor
One Church Street (Harvard Square)
Cambridge, MA 02138

 
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Thursday, Sep 22, 6:30pm

New York, NY

THE PSA READINGS AT MCNALLY JACKSON:
Thomas Dooley and Monica Youn

Thomas Dooley is the author of Trespass, a National Poetry Series selection. His poetry, collaborations, and interviews have appeared widely, in Poets & Writers Magazine, in Poem-A-Day by the Academy of American Poets, and on the "PBS NewsHour." A practitioner of narrative medicine, Dooley is the founder of SURGE, a magazine publishing the poetry and stories of hospitalized teens. He is also Founding Artistic Director of Emotive Fruition, a New York-based collective of poets and actors, and was recently featured on NPR's hit show Radiolab. A member of the creative writing faculty at New York University, he lives and writes in Brooklyn.

Monica Youn is the author of Blackacre (Graywolf Press, 2016), Barter, and Ignatz, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. A former lawyer, she teaches at Princeton University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She lives in Manhattan.

Admission is free.

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012 

 
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Thursday, Oct 13, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION
Campbell McGrath, with Alice Quinn

Campbell McGrath is the author of ten books, including most recently XX: Poems for the Twentieth Century (Ecco, 2016). He has won a MacArthur Foundation Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, an Academy of American Poets Prize, the Cohen Award from Ploughshares literary journal, and a Pushcart Prize. He teaches at Florida International University and lives with his family in Miami Beach.

Co-Sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program

Admission is free.

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

 
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Wednesday, Oct 19, 7:00pm

New York, NY

A Tribute to C.D. Wright

An event to honor the late C.D. Wright, featuring Lee Ann Brown, Peter Cole, Monica de la Torre, Brecht Gander, Brenda Hillman, Ben Lerner, Deborah Luster, Frances Mayes, Jane Miller, Michael Ondaatje, Brenda Shaughnessy, Arthur Sze, Jean Valentine, Anne Waldman, and Michael Wiegers, each sharing a favorite poem and a few words about C.D. Wright. With musical performances by Richard Leo Johnson and Toni Hall and a dance performance by Eiko.

Co-sponsored by the 92nd Street Y, the Academy of American Poets, The Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center at CUNY, Copper Canyon Press, Poets House, and the New York University Creative Writing Program

Admission is free.

Proshansky Auditorium
CUNY Graduate Center

365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY

 
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Thursday, Oct 27, 7:00pm

New York, NY

Pulitzer Centennial Poetry Celebration

At this once-in-a-lifetime event, 13 Pulitzer Prize-winning poets will share the stage to read from their own prize-winning collections as well as select poems by past winners. Join us in celebration of their achievement, of the Centennial year of the Pulitzer Prizes, and of PSA's founding role in sponsoring the earliest years of the prize for poetry. Featuring: Rae Armantrout, John Ashbery, Peter Balakian, Carl Dennis, Stephen Dunn, Jorie Graham, Yusef Komunyakaa, Sharon Olds, Gregory Pardlo, Philip Schultz, Vijay Seshadri, Natasha Trethewey, and Charles Wright.



Please join us after the reading for a private dinner at the Hamilton Fish House with Pulitzer Prize-winning poets and publishers. All proceeds will benefit the Poetry Society of America's public programming and signature initiative, Poetry in Motion.

The reading is co-sponsored by The Cooper Union Office of Continuing Education and Public Programs; the New York Council for the Humanities; the Pulitzer Prizes as part of the Pulitzer Centennial Campfire Initiative; and supported by Alfred A. Knopf; Four Way Books; Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Graywolf; HarperCollins; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Little, Brown and Company; Louisiana State University Press; W.W. Norton; New Directions; NYRB Poets / New York Review Books; Penguin; University of Chicago Press; Wesleyan University Press.

Read a Q&A with Pulitzer-winning poets here.

The Great Hall of The Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street
New York, NY 10003

 
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Thursday, Nov 10, 7:00pm

Brooklyn, NY

THE PSA READINGS AT BOOKCOURT:
Amanda Nadelberg and Anselm Berrigan

Amanda Nadelberg is the author of three books of poetry: Isa the Truck Named Isadore (Slope Editions, 2006), Bright Brave Phenomena (Coffee House Press, 2012), and Songs from a Mountain (Coffee House Press, 2016). She has degrees from Carleton College and The University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she received Truman Capote and Teaching-Writing Fellowships. Amanda is a member of Flying Object's Advisory Board and serves as an advisor to The Song Cave. She lives in Oakland.

Anselm Berrigan is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Come In Alone (Wave Books, 2016) and Primitive State (Edge, 2015). He is poetry editor for The Brooklyn Rail and co-editor with Alice Notley and Edmund Berrigan of The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan (U. California, 2005) and the Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan (U. California, 2011). From 2003-2007 he was Artistic Director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, where he also hosted the Wednesday Night Reading Series. He is Co-Chair, Writing at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts interdisciplinary MFA program, and also teaches part-time at Brooklyn College. He was awarded a 2015 Process Space Residency by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and in 2014 a Robert Rauschenberg Residency by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. 

Admission is free.

BookCourt
163 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

 
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Monday, Nov 14, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON AT FORDHAM UNIVERSITY:
READING AND CONVERSATION
Beth Bachmann & Laurie Ann Guerrero

Beth Bachmann is the author of two books of poems from the Pitt Poetry Series, including Temper, winner of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Donald Hall Poetry Prize and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award; and Do Not Rise, winner of the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay di Castagnola Award. She is a 2016 Guggenheim fellow and teaches at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Bachmann was born and raised near Philadelphia and educated at Loyola University of Maryland, the Johns Hopkins University, and Concordia University in Montreal. Each fall, she serves as Writer in Residence in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Vanderbilt University. 

Laurie Ann Guerrero was born and raised in San Antonio and received the Academy of American Poets Prize, among others, from Smith College. Her books include A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying, winner of the 2012 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize; the chapbook Babies under the Skin, selected by by Naomi Shihab Nye for the Panhandler Chapbook Award; and her latest, A Crown for Gumecindo, winner of the 2016 Helen C. Smith Award from the Institute of Texas Letters. Guerrero holds an MFA in poetry from Drew University and is the 2016 Poet Laureate of the State of Texas.

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

 
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Thursday, Nov 17, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION
Patrick Rosal, with Laurin Macios

Patrick Rosal is the author of Brooklyn Antediluvian (Persea Books, 2016), Boneshepherds (Persea, 2011), My American Kundiman (Persea, 2006), and Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive (Persea, 2003). His collections have been honored with the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award, the Global Filipino Literary Award, and the Asian American Writers Workshop Members' Choice Award. In 2009, he had a Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines. He teaches at Rutgers University-Camden and lives in Philadelphia. 

Co-Sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program

Admission is free.

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

 
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Thursday, Dec 8, 7:00pm

Chicago, IL

2016 NATIONAL SERIES: POETRY AND THE NATURAL WORLD
with Timothy Donnelly, Camille T. Dungy, & Major Jackson

The Poetry Society of America kicks off its new national series, Poetry and the Natural World, at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago. The series will travel to five cities and focus on poems and poets from any era that are in conversation with, or are inspired by, nature. In this first installment, we'll hear from Timothy Donnelly, Camille T. Dungy, and Major Jackson.

Timothy Donnelly is the author of two collections of poetry, The Cloud Corporation (Wave Books, 2011) and Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit (Grove Press, 2003). He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including those from The Paris Review, Columbia University, and the New York State Writers Institute. Donnelly is a poetry editor at the Boston Review and a professor in the Writing Program at Columbia University's School of the Arts. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Camille T. Dungy is the author of Smith Blue; Suck on the Marrow; and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison. She edited Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, co-edited the From the Fishouse poetry anthology, and served as assistant editor for Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade. Her honors include an American Book Award, two Northern California Book Awards, a California Book Award Silver Medal, a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant, and a fellowship from the NEA. Dungy is currently a Professor in the English Department at Colorado State University. Her newest books, Trophic Cascade (poems) and Guidebook to Relative Strangers (essays), will be published in 2017.

Major Jackson is the author of four collections of poetry: Roll DeepHolding Company; Hoops; and Leaving Saturn, which was awarded the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. His poems and essays have appeared in AGNI, American Poetry Review, Callaloo, the New Yorker, Ploughshares, Poetry, Tin House, and in Best American Poetry. He is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a Whiting Writers' Award and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress.

Co-sponsored by the Poetry Foundation

61 W Superior St
Chicago, IL 60654

 
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Thursday, Dec 15, 7:00pm

New York, NY

2016 NATIONAL SERIES: POETRY AND THE NATURAL WORLD
with Natalie Diaz, Ross Gay, & Aimee Nezhukumatathil

The Poetry Society of America's current national series, Poetry and the Natural World, will travel to five cities and focus on poems and poets from any era that are in conversation with, or are inspired by, nature. In this second installment, we'll hear from Natalie Diaz, Ross Gay, & Aimee Nezhukumatathil.

Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, CA, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. After playing professional basketball for four years in Europe and Asia, Diaz returned to the states to complete her MFA at Old Dominion University. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press.  She is a 2012 Lannan Literary Fellow and a 2012 Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. Awards include a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University, and a US Artists Ford Fellowship. Diaz teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts Low Residency MFA program and lives in Mohave Valley, AZ, where she directs the Fort Mojave Language Recovery Program, working with the last remaining Mojave speakers at Fort Mojave to teach and revitalize the Mojave language.

Ross Gay is the author of three books: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude is currently a nominee for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award and a finalist for the Ohioana Book Award.  Catalog was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, the Balcones Poetry Prize, and it was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.  Ross is the co-author of two chapbooks and a founding editor of the online sports magazine Some Call it Ballin'. He is also an editor with the chapbook presses Q Avenue and Ledge Mule Press and a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He teaches at Indiana University.  

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of three books of poetry: Lucky Fish, winner of the Hoffer Grand Prize for Prose and Independent Books; At the Drive-In Volcano; and Miracle Fruit. With Ross Gay, she co-authored Lace & Pyrite, a chapbook of nature poems (Organic Weapon Arts, 2014). She is the poetry editor of Orion magazine and her poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry series, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, and Tin House. Awards for her writing include an NEA Fellowship in poetry and the Pushcart Prize. She teaches at The State University of New York at Fredonia, where she was awarded the Chancellor's Medal of Excellence and named the campus-wide Hagan Young Scholar. She is currently the Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi's MFA program in creative writing.

Admission is free.

The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003