Spring 2017

All Events

 

Tuesday, Jan 10, 7:00pm

New York, NY

The PSA Readings at McNally Jackson:
Joshua Bennett and Jennifer Kronovet

Joshua Bennett is the author of The Sobbing School (Penguin, 2016), which was a winner of the 2015 National Poetry Series.He has received fellowships from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Cave Canem, the Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust, and the Ford Foundation. He is currently a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard University.

Jennifer Kronovet
 is the author of  The Wug Test (Ecco Press, 2016), which was a winner of the 2015 National Poetry Series, and Awayward. She co-translated The Acrobat, the selected poems of Yiddish writer Celia Dropkin. Under the name Jennifer Stern, she co-translated Empty Chairs, poetry by the Chinese writer Liu Xia. Born and raised in New York City, she's also lived in several cities in the Midwest and China.

Admission is free. 

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

 
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Friday, Feb 10, 1:30pm

Washington, DC

A Tribute to Marie Ponsot at AWP

Marie Ponsot is an award-winning American poet, essayist, teacher, and translator, whose books include The Bird Catcher, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the new Collected Poems, both published by Alfred A. Knopf. At this tribute reading, Ponsot's work will be held aloft by Alice QuinnKevin YoungMarie Howe, Jonathan Wells, and Catherine Woodard, as they celebrate her unique place in contemporary letters, sharing and discussing their favorite poems, and conveying the impact Marie has had. Marie Ponsot reads, as well.

Washington Convention Center
Level Two, Room 209 ABC

 
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Friday, Feb 10, 8:30pm

Washington, DC

A READING AND CONVERSATION AT AWP:
Eileen Myles, Alice Notley, and Sonia Sanchez, with Alice Quinn

Eileen Myles, Alice Notley, and Sonia Sanchez, three acclaimed contemporary poets, all of whom have been awarded Frost Medals and/or Shelley Awards from the Poetry Society of America, will read from their work. The reading will be followed by a conversation moderated by PSA Executive Director Alice Quinn.

Eileen Myles has published more than twenty collections of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, plays and libretti, including, most recently, I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems and Chelsea Girls (re-issued in 2015). Inferno (a poet's novel) is now available on iTunes in her own voice and The Importance of Being Iceland/travel essays in art was supported by a Warhol/Creative Capital art writers' grant. She was awarded the Poetry Society of America's Shelley Award in 2010 and has received a Guggenheim fellowship and a poetry award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. She lives in New York and Marfa, Texas.

Alice Notley is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose, and has edited and co-edited books by Ted Berrigan and Douglas Oliver. She edited the magazine Chicago in the 1970s and co-edited with Oliver the magazines Scarlet and Gare du Nord in the 1990s. She is the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Griffin Prize, the Poetry Society of America's Shelley Memorial Award, the Lenore Marshall Prize, and the  Poetry Foundation's Ruth Lilly Prize. Her latest book is Certain Magical Acts, from Penguin.  

Sonia Sanchez is the author of more than a dozen books, including Does Your House Have Lions? (1995), Shake Loose My Skin (1999), and, most recently, Morning Haiku (2010). A recipient of numerous awards and honors including a National Endowment for the Arts  fellowship and an American Book Award, she was the Poetry Society of America's 2001 Frost Medalist and 2016 Shelley Memorial Award winner. Sanchez has lectured at over 500 universities and colleges in the United States. She was the first Presidential Fellow at Temple University and she held the Laura Carnell Chair in English at Temple University. 

Washington Convention Center
Level Three, Ballroom A

 
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Friday, Feb 17, 7:00pm

Mill Valley, CA

PSA 2016 NATIONAL SERIES: Poetry and the Natural World
with Jane Hirshfield & Robert Pinsky

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 third installment, we'll hear from Jane Hirshfield and Robert Pinsky. A conversation moderated by Alice Quinn, PSA's Executive Director, will follow the readings.

Co-sponsored by the Mill Valley Public Library and the Poetry Society of America

Admission is free.

Mill Valley Public Library
375 Throckmorton Ave.
Mill Valley, CA 94941

 
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Wednesday, Feb 22, 7:00pm

New York, NY

A Tribute to C.K. Williams

A reading to honor the late Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C.K. Williams, who published 22 books of poetry, including Falling Ill: Last Poems (FSG, 2016). Jonathan Galassi, Edward Hirsch, Yusef Komunyakaa, Paul Muldoon, James Richardson, Alan Shapiro, Chase Twichell, Susan Wheeler, and Adam Zagajewski will read and celebrate his work.

Co-sponsored by Farrar, Straus and Giroux & The New School Creative Writing Program

Admission is free.


The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street
Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011

 
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Thursday, Mar 9, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION
featuring Kevin Young, with Laurin Macios

Kevin Young is the author of ten books of poetry, including most recently Blue Laws, longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award; Book of Hours, winner of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award; ArdencyA Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels, winner of a 2012 American Book Award; and Jelly Roll: A Blues, a finalist for the National Book Award. His book The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness won the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, was a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and won the PEN Open Book Award. 

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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Monday, Mar 13, 7:00pm

Queens, NY

THE NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION
Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson was the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, the NAACP Image Award and the Sibert Honor Award. Named the Young People's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation, she is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders and children. She is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a three-time National Book Award finalist and 2014 winner, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. She lives in Brooklyn.

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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Monday, Mar 13, 7:00pm

New Orleans, LA

THE NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION
Dan Beachy-Quick, with Peter Cooley

Dan Beachy-Quick is the author of six books of poetry, six chapbooks, and several books of prose. A graduate of the University of Denver and the Iowa Writer's Workshop, he has won the Colorado Book Award and was a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Prize and the PEN/USA Literary Award in Poetry. A recipient of a Lannan Foundation residency, he currently teaches in the MFA Writing Program at Colorado State University, and is a Guggenheim Fellow and a Creative Fellow of the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard University.

Co-sponsored by The Poetry Society of America and Tulane University

Admission is free. Reception to follow.

Tulane University
Stone Auditorium
Woldenberg Art Center

 
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Wednesday, Apr 5, 7:00pm

Long Island City, NY

Poetry About Sculpture

Join us at The Noguchi Museum to celebrate Poetry About Sculpture (Knopf, 2016) with the anthology's editor, sculptor Murray DewartRobert Pinsky, former four-time U.S. Poet Laureate and founder of the Favorite Poem Project, who penned the foreward to the book; and poet Rachel Hadas. Introduced by PSA's Executive Director Alice Quinn and board president Kimiko Hahn, with a welcome from our co-hosts, Noguchi Museum Director Jenny Dixon and Senior Curator Dakin Hart. Reception to follow.

Co-sponsored by The Noguchi Museum and The Poetry Society of America

Admission is free.
The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road
Long Island City, NY
 
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Thursday, Apr 13, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION
Maureen McLane, with Alice Quinn

Maureen N. McLane grew up in upstate New York and was educated at Harvard, Oxford, and the University of Chicago. She is the author of four books of poetry, including most recently Mz N: the serial (FSG, 2016). Her poems have been translated into Czech, Greek, and Spanish.  Her book My Poets (FSG, 2012)—an experimental hybrid of memoir and criticism—was named a New York Times Notable Book and a Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography. A professor of English at New York University, she has published two books on British Romanticism, as well as numerous essays, reviews, squibs, and screeds.

Co-Sponsored by the Poetry Society of America and 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, May 11, 7:00pm

New York, NY

The Poetry Society of America Chapbook Reading

Come celebrate the 14th Anniversary of the PSA Chapbook Fellowship with readings by 2016 Chapbook Fellows
William Brewer, Ryan Black, Analicia Sotelo, and Brandon Kreitler, alongside this year's poet-judges Rigoberto González, Linda Gregerson, Major Jackson, and Marilyn Nelson.

Admission is free.

Cooper Union
Frederick P. Rose Auditorium
41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets) 

 
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Tuesday, May 23, 6:30pm

Santa Monica, CA

PSA 2016 NATIONAL SERIES: Poetry and the Natural World
with Harryette Mullen

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 fourth installment, Harryette Mullen will read a selection of tanka and haiku. A painter will respond in real-time. 

Harryette Mullen has published seven books of poetry, including Urban Tumbleweed: Notes from a Tanka Diary (Graywolf Press, 2013), and Sleeping with the Dictionary (University of California, 2002), a finalist for a National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her honors include a United States Artist Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, and more, and she has appeared four times in Best American Poetry. She teaches at UCLA.

Co-sponsored by the Annenberg Beach House and the Poetry Society of America

Admission is free.

Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, CA 90402