Fall 2014

All Events

 

Tuesday, Jul 29, 6:30pm

Santa Monica, CA

ANNENBERG BEACH HOUSE
Dave Mason, Andrea Scarpino, and Garrett Hongo

As part of the Beach=Culture series, the PSA presents a reading and moderated discussion with an eclectic mix of acclaimed contemporary poets.

Co-sponsored by American Composers Forum, Los Angeles, The City of Santa Monica, and Red Hen Press. 

Admission is free. Please make reservations online at beachhouse.smgov.net or call (310) 458-2257

Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway

 
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Thursday, Sep 18, 7:00pm

Pasadena, CA

THE VOICE OF WOMEN IN AMERICAN POETRY:
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 on Eileen Myles

Cyrus Cassells is the author of The Crossed-Out Swastika (Copper Canyon Press, 2012); More Than Peace and Cypresses (2004); Beautiful Signor (1997), which won the Lambda Literary Award; Soul Make a Path Through Shouting (1994), which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and received the PSA's William Carlos Williams Award; and The Mud Actor (1982), which was a National Poetry Series selection. He teaches poetry at the Texas State University-San Marcos.

Carol Muske-Dukes is the author of eight books of poems, four novels, two collections of essays (including I Married the Icepick Killer: a Poet in Hollywood) and the editor of anthologies, including Crossing State Lines: an American Renga, with co-editor Bob Holman. She is a professor of English/Creative Writing at USC, where she founded the PhD program in Creative Writing/Literature. She's been awarded a Guggenheim, an NEA grant, the di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, and a Library of Congress Award. Seven of her books were just re-published as electronic books by Open Road Media in June of 2014. She is bi-coastal.

Maggie Nelson is the author of nine books of poetry and prose. Her nonfiction titles include The Argonauts (forthcoming, May 2015), The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (2011; named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), Bluets (2009), The Red Parts: A Memoir (2007), and Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (2007). Her poetry titles include Something Bright, Then Holes (2007) and Jane: A Murder (2005; finalist for the PEN/ Martha Albrand Art of the Memoir). She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA grant, and an Arts Writers Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation. Since 2005 she has taught on the faculty of the the School of Critical Studies at CalArts. She lives in Los Angeles.


Admission is free.

Co-sponsored by the Pasadena Central Library.

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

 
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Tuesday, Sep 23, 7:00pm

New York, NY

A TRIBUTE TO JEAN VALENTINE
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.

Catherine Barnett is the author of The Game of Boxes (Graywolf Press), which won the 2012 James Laughlin Award, and Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced (Alice James Books, 2004). Her honors include a Whiting Writer's Award, a Pushcart, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs at NYU and in the graduate program at Hunter College. 

Mark Doty's Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems won the National Book Award for poetry in 2008. His newest collection, Deep Lane, will be published by W.W. Norton in 2104. A Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, he lives in New York City and is a Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University.

Timothy Liu is the author of nine books of poems, including Vox Angelica (Alice James), winner of the PSA's Norma Forber First Book Award, as well as the forthcoming Don't Go Back To Sleep. He lives in Manhattan with his husband.

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.

 
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Wednesday, Oct 1, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE PSA READINGS AT MCNALLY JACKSON
Ellen Bass and Kevin Simmonds

Ellen Bass's collections include Like a Beggar (Copper Canyon, 2014), The Human Line (Copper Canyon, 2007), named a Notable Book by the San Francisco Chronicle, and Mules of Love (BOA, 2002), winner of the Lambda Literary Award. Her work appears in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, and many other journals. In 1973, she coedited, with Florence Howe, No More Masks!, the first major anthology of poems by women, and her nonfiction books include Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth and The Courage to Heal. She teaches in the MFA program at Pacific University.

Kevin Simmonds is a musician and writer originally from New Orleans. He studied music at Vanderbilt University and Middle Tennessee State University and completed the Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina.  His books include the poetry collections Bend to it and Mad for Meat (Salmon Poetry, 2014 & 2011) and two edited works, Ota Benga Under My Mother's Roof (University of South Carolina Press, 2012), the final work of the late writer Carrie Allen McCray, and the poetry anthology Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2011).

Admission is free.

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street

 
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Saturday, Oct 4, 4:00pm

Bronx, NY

POETRY FOR EVERY SEASON: FALL FLOWERS OF JAPAN with Chase Twichell

Award-winning poet Chase Twichell has curated a Poetry Walk for Fall Flowers of Japan, the autumn exhibit at The New York Botanical Garden. Join us in this 250- acre public garden, one of New York's most magical places, for her reading of autumn poems from her own books and from the Japanese tradition.


Chase Twichell is the author of seven books of poetry, including Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon, 2010), which won both the Kingsley Tufts Award and the Balcones Poetry Prize. After teaching for many years, most recently at Princeton University, she resigned in order to start Ausable Press, an independent publisher of poetry, which she ran until 2009, when it was acquired by Copper Canyon Press. She and her husband, the novelist Russell Banks, split their time between the Adirondacks of upstate New York and Miami Beach.

Co-sponsored by the New York Botanical Garden.

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

For directions see www.nybg.org

New York Botanical Garden
Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road

 
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Wednesday, Oct 8, 6:30pm

Queens, NY

LITERARY LEGACIES:
Lynn Emanuel & Terrance Hayes

Literary Legacies explores issues of influence among noteworthy contemporary poets. This latest installment of the series pairs former teacher and student, Lynn Emanuel and Terrance Hayes, to read from their work and discuss their ongoing cross-generational conversation. Moderated by Queens College MFA alumna Zakia Henderson-Brown.

Lynn Emanuel is the author of Noose and Hook (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010), Then, Suddenly— (1999), The Dig (1992), and Hotel Fiesta (1984). She has received the Eric Matthieu King Award from the Academy of American Poets and two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is a Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.

Terrance Hayes is the author of Lighthead, winner of the 2010 National Book Award; Wind in a BoxHip Logic; and Muscular Music, winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. How To Be Drawn, his fifth book of poems, is forthcoming in April, 2015. He teaches at the University of Pittsburgh.

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

Admission is free.

Queens College
Godwin Ternbach Museum
Klapper Hall

 
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Thursday, Oct 9, 7:00pm

New York, NY

A TRIBUTE TO MARK STRAND

Please join us as we celebrate the 80th birthday of legendary poet Mark Strand. With readings and tribute by Jonathan Aaron, John Beer, Peg Boyers, Timothy Donnelly, Jorie Graham, Edward Hirsch, John Koethe, David Lehman, Honor Moore, Carol Muske-Dukes, Jacqueline Osherow, Mary Jo Salter, Alan Shapiro, Vijay Sheshadri, Charles Simic, Tom Sleigh, Susan Stewart, Rosanna Warren, Charles Wright, and Andrew Zawacki.  

Co-sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, the New School Writing Program, and the Poetry Foundation

Admission is free.

The New School
The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street
66 West 12th Street

 
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Thursday, Oct 23, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON: READINGS AND CONVERSATIONS
Peter Gizzi, with Alice Quinn

Peter Gizzi is the author of many collections of poetry, among them In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems, 1987-2011, just published by Wesleyan; Threshold Songs(2011);  The Outernationale (2007); and Artificial Heart (1998). He has been poetry editor for The Nation and is founding co-editor, with Connell McGrath, of o•blék: a journal of language arts. He has also edited The Exact Change Yearbook 1995 (1994) and The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer (1998), and co-edited, with Kevin Killian, My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (2008). He has taught at Brown University and the University of California at Santa Cruz, and is currently on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. www.petergizzi.org.

Co-Sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program.

Admission is free.

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

 

 
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Monday, Oct 27, 7:00pm

New York, NY

Sebastiao Salgado Photo Exhibition: Genesis
An Evening of Poetry with Jorie Graham

The International Center of Photography (ICP) presents the Genesis, a momentous project by world-renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado. On view from September 19, 2014 through January 11, 2015, the exhibition, curated and designed by Lélia Wanick Salgado, is the result of a multi-year survey and draws together more than 200 spectacular black-and-white photographs of wildlife, landscapes, seascapes, and indigenous peoples—raising public awareness about the pressing issues of environmental and climate change.  

In collaboration with ICP, the PSA offers a unique, cross-genre event, featuring Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham. Graham will read her own work directly concerned with environmental issues, as well as original poems inspired by Salgado's photographs. After her reading, Graham will have a conversation with Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winning poet Timothy Donnelly about climate change and the imagination.  


Jorie Graham is the author of twelve collections of poetry, including PLACE, winner of the Forward Prize and shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize (Ecco, 2012); Sea Change (2008); Swarm (2000); The Errancy (1997); The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994, winner of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize; The End of  Beauty (1987); Erosion (1983); and Hybrids of Plants and of Ghosts (1980). She has also edited two anthologies, Earth Took of Earth: 100 Great Poems of the English Language (1996) and The Best American Poetry 1990.

Co-Sponsored by International Center of Photography

Admission is free.
RSVP required 

International Center of Photography
1133 Ave of the Americas #1A

 
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Tuesday, Nov 4, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE PSA READINGS AT MCNALLY JACKSON
Peter Cole and Susan Howe

Peter Cole's most recent book of poems is The Invention of Influence, which follows his Things on Which I've Stumbled. His previous volumes – Rift and Hymns & Qualms – were collected as What Is Doubled: Poems, 1981-1998. In addition to his books with Aharon Shabtai and Yoel Hoffmann, Cole's translations from Hebrew and Arabic include The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950-1492, Taha Muhammad Ali's So What: New & Selected Poems 1973-2005, Avraham Ben Yitzhak's Collected Poems, and The Poetry of Kabbalah: Mystical Verse from the Jewish Tradition (forthcoming).

Susan Howe is the author of numerous books, including Souls of Labadie Tract (2007);  The Midnight (2003); Pierce-Arrow (1999); My Emily Dickinson (1985); and Defenestration of Prague (1983). She has received numerous honors and awards for her work, including, most recently, the 2010 Bolligen Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She has been a distinguished fellow at the Stanford Institute for Humanities, as well as the Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. She taught for many years at the State University of New York-Buffalo, where she held the Samuel P. Capen Chair of Poetry and the Humanities.

Admission is free.

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street

 
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Thursday, Nov 6, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE VOICE OF WOMEN IN AMERICAN POETRY:
with Chris Abani, Julie Agoos, Hilton Als, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Cate Marvin, Maureen McLane, Robert Polito, and Mónica de la Torre

The PSA's 2014 National Series pays tribute to the immense achievement of a wide range of distinguished American poets. In this culminating event, eight contemporary poets and writers will celebrate the lives and poetry of major 20th century figures, discussing their influence and reading poems of their own in tribute.


Julie Agoos on Elizabeth Bishop
Hilton Als on Marianne Moore
Rigoberto Gonzalez on Paula Gunn Allen
Cate Marvin on May Swenson
Maureen McLane on Anonymous
Robert Polito on Ai
Monica de la Torre on Hannah Weiner

Co-Sponsored by The Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center.

Admission is free. 

The Graduate Center, CUNY
Elebash Recital Hall
365 Fifth Avenue

 
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Thursday, Nov 13, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON: READINGS AND CONVERSATIONS
Claudia Rankine, with Charif Shanahan

Claudia Rankine's most recent book is Citizen, just published by Graywolf Press. She  is the author of four previous books, including Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric (2004);  Plot (2001); and The End of the Alphabet (1998). In 2005, she was awarded the Academy of American Poets Fellowship for Distinguished Poetic Achievement. She is currently a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and the Henry G. Lee Professor of English at Pomona College in California. 

Co-Sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program.

Admission is free.

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

 
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Tuesday, Nov 18, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON at BARUCH COLLEGE: READINGS AND CONVERSATIONS
Marilyn Nelson, with Grace Schulman, Professor of English at Baruch College

Marilyn Nelson is one of America'a most celebrated poets. She is a three-time finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the Newbery and Coretta Scott King awards, among others. She is the author or translator of fifteen poetry books for adults and children, five chapbooks, and in 2013 she published a memoir entitled How I Discovered Poetry—a series of 50 poems about growing up in the 1950's in a military family, each poem stamped with a place and date from the many places they lived. 

Co-Sponsored by Baruch College.

Admission is free.

Baruch College
Engelman Recital Hall
55 Lexington Avenue
(Entrance at East 25th)

 
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Monday, Nov 24, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON: READINGS AND CONVERSATIONS
r. erica doyle and Angela Jackson, with Charif Shanahan

r. erica doyle was born in Brooklyn to Trinidadian immigrant parents. Her first book, proxy (Belladonna*, 2013) was the recipient of the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America and a Lambda Literary Award Finalist. Her poetry and fiction appear in various journals, including Ploughshares, Callaloo, Bloom, Blithe House Quarterly, and Sinister Wisdom. She is a fellow of Cave Canem and an educator in the New York City public schools.

Angela Jackson is the author of five books of poetry, including And All These Roads Be Luminous, which was nominated for a National Book Award, and Dark Legs and Silk Kisses: The Beatitudes of the Spinners, winner of the 1993 Chicago Sun-Times Book of the Year Award in Poetry and the 1994 Carl Sandburg Award for Poetry. Her Where I Must Go: A Novel was published in 2009 by Triquarterly Books. Her plays include Witness! (1978), Shango Diaspora: An African-American Myth of Womanhood and Love (1980), and When the Wind Blows (1984).

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

Admission is free.

Lincoln Center Campus
113 West 60th  Street
12th Floor

 
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Tuesday, Dec 2, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE PSA READINGS AT MCNALLY JACKSON
L. Lamar Wilson and Rachel Zucker

Sacrilegion (2013)L. Lamar Wilson's first book, was selected by Lee Ann Brown as the 2012 winner of the Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series, named a finalist for the Publishing Triangle's Thom Gunn Award, and awarded an Independent Publishing Group bronze medal; Primea collection of poems and interviews with the Phantastique Five, was published this year. Wilson's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals and anthologies as Callaloo, jubilat, The 100 Best African American Poems, and Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation. A Cave Canem graduate fellow, Wilson is completing a doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in African American and multi-ethnic American poetics.

Rachel Zucker is the author of nine books, including the memoir, MOTHERs, and a double collection of prose and poetry, The Pedestrians. With poet Arielle Greenberg, Zucker co-edited two anthologies: Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections and Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama's First 100 Days. Greenberg and Zucker also co-wrote Home/Birth: a poemic, a non-fiction book about birth, friendship and feminism. Her book Museum of Accidents was named one of the best books of poetry in 2009 by Publishers Weekly and was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award.  Zucker teaches poetry at New York University.

Admission is free.

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street

 
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Thursday, Dec 4, 6:00pm

New York, NY

A Celebration of Bertolt Brecht’s Love Poems
Directed by Tony Kushner

In a stunning New Yorker piece from 1956, Hannah Arendt declared that Brecht "staked his life and art as few poets have ever done."

For this evening, honoring the publication of Bertolt Brecht's Love Poems, translated by David Constantine and Tom Kuh, and published by W. W. Norton,  the extraordinary writer and director Tony Kushner, awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Angels in America and a National Medal of the Arts Award by President Obama, gathers actors for what promises to be a riveting and historical performance of the master dramatist's love poems, representing work between 1918 and 1955 that often scandalized the German reading public with the force of Eros. Like Goethe, Brecht was always more or less in love with women, and as his daughter, Barbara Brecht-Schall, who will be present, writes in her preface to the collection "he was faithful to each of them." 

Co-presented with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Bruno Walter Auditorium
111 Amsterdam Avenue
between 64th and 65th 

 

 
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Monday, Dec 8, 7:30pm

Washington DC

EMILY DICKINSON TRIBUTE
Rafael Campo on Emily Dickinson
Introduction and conversation
moderated by Charif Shanahan

In our annual celebration of Emily Dickinson's birthday, award-winning poet and physician Rafael Campo reads Dickinson's work and discusses the great significance of her legacy.

Reception to follow featuring Dickinson's beloved black cake.

Co-sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Admission is $15
Call 202-544-7077 for tickets.

For more information or visit www.folger.edu/poetry

Folger Theatre
Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE

 
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Saturday, Dec 13, 2:00pm

Bronx, NY

POETRY FOR EVERY SEASON:
BILLY COLLINS AT THE HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW

Join us for the holiday season at the New York Botanical Garden, a 250-acre public garden and one of New York's most magical places, to experience the annual train show. Take a walk through the exhibit and read poems by former Poet Laureate Billy Collins, who will also offer a public reading of his own work. 

Co-sponsored by the New York Botanical Garden.

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


R0ss Hall
New York Botanical Garden
Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road

For directions see www.nybg.org