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, is travelling to five cities with a 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 former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, who will be joined by Michael Wall, Co-director of Litigation at the National Resources Defense Council. Their readings and presentations will be followed by a conversation moderated by PSA's Executive Director Alice Quinn.

Jane Hirshfield's most recent, eighth book of poetry is The Beauty (Knopf, 2015), long-listed for the National Book Award and named a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. Her new book of essays, Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (Knopf, 2015), received the Northern California Book AwardPrevious honors include the California Book Award and the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the Academy of American Poets, and the National Endowment for the Arts. A long-time resident of Mill Valley, Hirshfield has taught at Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley, and elsewhere, and presents her work regularly at poetry festivals and universities both in the U.S. and world wide. In 2012 she was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Robert Pinsky's new book of poems, At the Foundling Hospital, was published last December by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. As Poet Laureate of the United States (1997-2000), he founded the Favorite Poem Project. His best-selling translation The Inferno of Dante was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Award in Poetry and the Harold Morton Landon translation prize. His other awards include the Lenore Marshall Prize, the Korean Manhae Prize, the Italian Premio Capri and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pen American Center. He performs with pianist Laurence Hobgood on the spoken word CDs PoemJazz and House Hour, from Circumstantial Productions, and is a William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor at Boston University.

Michael Wall is Co-director of Litigation at the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). He litigates major cases to prevent pollution, protect public health and the environment, and preserve the rights of all Americans to seek justice in the courts. Among other cases, he has led the plaintiffs' trial teams in lawsuits that reshaped federal and state water project operations in California's Central Valley. 

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). With Jonathan Galassi, Edward Hirsch, Paul Muldoon, James Richardson, Alan Shapiro, Chase Twichell, Susan Wheeler, and Adam Zagajewski.

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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Wednesday, Mar 1, 7:00pm

New York, NY

Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire

A celebration of the poet's life and work on the centenary of his birth with Kay Redfield Jamison, author of the new biography, Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire, A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character, followed by a distinguished panel responding to her lecture, including Katie Peterson, editor of Lowell's New Selected Poems; Frank Bidart, National Book Critics Circle-winning poet and longtime associate of Lowell;  poet and The New Yorker poetry editor Paul Muldoon, and poet Ishion Hutchinson. 

Co-sponsored by The Center for the Study of Transformative Lives at New York University and The New York University Biography Seminar.

Please RSVP by February 23; space is limited
To the Eventbrite  link a www.transformativelives.org
or by email to transformative.lives@nyu.edu
 

The Greenberg Lounge
NYU Law School
40 Washington Square South
(between MacDougal and Sullivan Streets)

 

 
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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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Thursday, Mar 23, 7:00pm

San Francisco, CA

SYRIA | Because We Come From Everything: The Poetics of Migration

The Poetry Society of America and City Lights Bookstore present a poetry reading and discussion as part of the Poetry Coalition's 2017 programming. Poets Jack Marshall and Jack Hirschman will share poetry by themselves and others, and will be joined by journalist Jonathan Curiel, who will discuss his experiences in Syria.

Jonathan Curiel is a San Francisco-based writer and journalist who has written widely about the Middle East, and has reported from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt. His 2008 book, Al' America: Travels Through America's Arab and Islamic Roots won an American Book Award. He has been a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program fellow, a Thomson Reuters Foundation fellow at Oxford University, and a Fulbright Scholar at Punjab University in Lahore, Pakistan. A former staff writer with the San Francisco Chronicle, he has written about the arts for SF Weekly since 2010.

Jack Hirschman is the former Poet Laureate of the City of San Francisco, a poet's poet, translator, and editor. His powerfully eloquent voice set the tone for political poetry in this country many years ago. Since leaving a teaching career in the '60s, Hirschman has taken the free exchange of poetry and politics into the streets where he is, in the words of poet Luke Breit, "America's most important living poet." He is the author of numerous books of poetry, plus some 45 translations from a half a dozen languages, as well as the editor of anthologies and journals. Among his many volumes of poetry are Endless ThresholdThe Xibalba Arcane, and Lyripol (City Lights, 1976).


Born in Brooklyn to Jewish parents who emigrated from Iraq and Syria, Jack Marshall now lives in California. He is the author of the memoir From Baghdad to Brooklyn and several poetry collections that have received the PEN Center USA Award, two Northern California Book Awards, and a nomination from the National Book Critics Circle. His most recent book is Fugitive: In Full View (Coffee House Press, 2017).

Admission is free.

City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133 

 
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Monday, Mar 27, 6:00pm

New York, NY

COOKING WITH THE MUSE:
AN EVENING OF WORDS, MUSIC, FOOD, AND DRINK

 Join us for a very happy hour (and more) with award-winning poet, artist, and scholar Stephen Massimilla and Myra Kornfeld, professional chef and graduate culinary nutrition instructor, authors of Cooking with the Muse. Learn what poets—from Homer to Rumi to Dickinson to Neruda to Heaney to Walcott to Elizabeth Alexander to Massimilla and Kornfeld themselves—can teach you about eating well and wisely and getting plenty of satisfaction.

Includes live music by jazz singer Natalia Bernal and guitarist Jason Ennis, full bar, scrumptious organic treats from the book, and a raffle for a private cooking class!

General Admission: $30
Student & PSA Members: $25 

All proceeds will benefit the PSA's programs and signature initiative, Poetry in Motion.

Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery (between Houston and Bleeker)
New York, NY 

 
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Wednesday, Mar 29, 7:00pm

New York, NY

107TH ANNUAL POETRY SOCIETY OF AMERICA AWARDS CEREMONY

The evening will honor our 2017 Frost Medalist Susan Howe, who will deliver the annual Frost Lecture, and celebrate the winners of our eleven other distinguished Annual Awards. 

Admission is free.

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

 
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Wednesday, Apr 5, 7:00pm

Long Island City, NY

Poems About Sculpture

Join us at The Noguchi Museum to celebrate Poems About Sculpture (Knopf, 2016) with sculptor Murray Dewart, the anthology's editor; Robert Pinsky, former four-time U.S. Poet Laureate and founder of the Favorite Poem Project, who wrote 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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Friday, Apr 7, 11:00am

New York, NY

Poetry in Motion featuring The Poet is In

In celebration of National Poetry Month, MTA Arts & Design and the Poetry Society of America present Poetry in Motion featuring The Poet Is In. The program is inspired by Marie Howe, New York State Poet 2012-2015, Arts & Design's de facto Poet in Residence, who is dedicated to bringing poetry to everyone in the State of New York.

Free and open to the public, The Poet is In will feature an array of award-winning poets, including Hossannah Assuncion, Amber Atiya, Catherine Barnett , Rosebud Ben-Oni, Matthew Burgess, Kat Georges, Peter Carlaftes, Wo Chan, Ama Codjoe, Timothy Donnelly, Thomas Dooley, Mark Doty, Aracelis Girmay, Sonia Guiñansaca, Bob Holman, Marie Howe, Michael Klein, Dorothea Lasky, Timothy Liu, Ricardo Maldonado, Sally Wen Mao, Donna Masini, Monica McClure, Yesenia Montilla, Ansley Moon, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Marilyn Nelson, Geoffrey Nutter, Victoria Redel, Matthew Rohrer, Craig Morgan Teicher, Paul Tran, and Nicole Shantè White who will sit in a booth and write poems for those who request one. (This list is subject to change.)

Vanderbilt Hall
Grand Central Station
89 E 42nd St
New York, NY 10017
 

 
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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 five books of poetry, including the forthcoming Some Say, and  Mz N: the serial (FSG, 2016), and 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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Friday, Apr 28, 4:00pm

Los Angeles, CA

Union Station Waiting Room

Part of our long-standing partnership with Metro Art LA, we are thrilled to present legendary Los Angeles performance poet, Kamau Daáood. Co-founder of the World Stage Performance Gallery, Daáood has spent decades engaged with audiences locally, nationally and internationally. The award winning, critically acclaimed poet's cascading images, and syncopated flow, likened to improvised music aimed at truth telling and healing is what we have come to expect from his performances. The author and recording artist has been referred to as the word musician due to his electrifying performance style. He will be joined by an amazing group of youthful poets and musicians.  Kamau is happy to have the amazing musician, keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe as musical director for this event.

Admission is free.

Union Station
800 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
 

 
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Sunday, Apr 30, 3:00pm

New York City

A House Divided

House Divided unites artists, writers, thinkers, and politicos in a one-of-a-kind event to be held at the historic Great Hall at Cooper Union, where Lincoln gave his famous address on slavery. Artists and writers will unite to speak out to these divisive times in our nation, not necessarily to find a solution, but to bring the creative community into the Public Dialogue.

Answering this call, some of the most renowned and revered artists and writers of our time will join with those who are young and unknown to create a living panoply of the City's diversity onstage at the historic Great Hall. Among them are Paul Auster, Amina Baraka, John Giorno, Jessica Hagedorn, Suheir Hammad, Yusef Komunyakaa, Joan Jonas, Jonas Mekas, Duane Michals, Marilyn Nelson, Marc Ribot, Ed Sanders and The Fugs, Richard Serra, Anne Waldman, DeRay McKesson, Papa Susso, Mohamad Hodeib, La Bruja, Emanuel Xavier, Tyrek Greene, Carl Hancock Rux, Cleo Wade, Reverend Billy, Juliana Huxtable, Adwoa Aboah, Siri Hustvedt, Hettie Jones, Phong Bui, Paul Tran, Marie Ponsot, Monica de la Torre, Ocean Vuong, Ariana Reines, Bob Holman, and Stefan Bondell who, along with others, will take the stage in an effort to investigate, contemplate and meditate, perhaps even celebrate, certainly to give voice to artistic expression along the current cultural divide.

Organized and conceived by painter and poet Stefan Bondell and poet Bob Holman.

Admission is free. Get your tickets here.

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

 
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Sunday, May 7, 2:30pm

Salem, MA

PSA 2016 NATIONAL SERIES: Poetry and the Natural World
with Louise Glück

The Poetry Society of America's current national series, Poetry and the Natural World, is travelling to five cities with a focus on poems and poets from any era that are in conversation with, or are inspired by, nature. In this fourth installment, we'll hear from Louise Glück.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Louise Glück is a former Poet Laureate of the United States and the author of a dozen widely acclaimed books, including her most recent collection, Faithful and Virtuous Night, which won the 2014 National Book Award for Poetry. Other honors and awards include a National Book Critics Circle Award, a Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, the M.I.T. Anniversary Medal, the Wallace Stevens Award, and the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In addition, she received the 2015 National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Glück taught at Williams College for 20 years and is currently Rosenkranz Writer-in-Residence at Yale University. She was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1999 – 2005, and she is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Her new book of essays, American Originality, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux in March.

Co-sponsored by Mass Poetry and the Poetry Society of America

Admission included with Massachusetts Poetry Festival button

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Wednesday, May 10, 7:00pm

New York, NY

The PSA Readings at McNally Jackson:
Tommy Pico and Jana Prikryl

Tommy Pico is author IRL (Birds, LLC, 2016), Nature Poem (forthcoming from Tin House Books, 2017), and the zine series Hey, Teebs. He has been a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, a 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, and a 2016 Tin House summer poetry scholar, and has published poems in BOMB, Flavorwire, and the Offing. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay Nation, he now lives in Brooklyn where he co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA) with Morgan Parker. 

Jana Prikryl's first collection is The After Party (Tim Duggan Books, 2016). Her poems have appeared in The New YorkerHarper's, the London Review of Books, and The Paris Review, and she writes essays on photography and film for The Nation and The New York Review of Books, where she works as a senior editor. Growing up from the age of six in Canada after her family fled Communist Czechoslovakia, she has lived in New York City since 2003.

Admission is free. 

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

 
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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 16, 7:00pm

New York, NY

When the Towers Fell

Join the Poetry Society of America and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum for a night of poetry and conversation as we reflect on the 15 years that have passed since September 11, 2001. A special presentation of Galway Kinnell's poem, "When the Towers Fell," by juniors and seniors from Stuyvesant High School will be followed by curated poetry readings by Rosebud Ben-Oni and Noel Quiñones, and a conversation with PSA Executive Director Alice Quinn. Attendees are invited to view the Museum's special exhibition, "Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11," from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Rosebud Ben-Oni is a recipient of the 2014 NYFA Fellowship in Poetry and a CantoMundo Fellow. She has been awarded a Rackham Merit Fellowship from the University of Michigan and was a Horace Goldsmith Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the author of SOLECISM (Virtual Artists Collective, 2013) and an Editorial Advisor for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Her work appears or is forthcoming in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. She writes weekly for The Kenyon Review blog and lives in New York City with her husband.

Noel Quiñones is an AfroBoricua educator, writer, and performer born and raised in the Bronx. He has received fellowships from Poets House, CantoMundo, and the Watering Hole, and his work is forthcoming or published in the Latin American Review, Hot Metal Bridge, Kweli Journal, and Pilgrimage Press, among other publications. The founder of Project X, a Bronx based arts organization, he has performed at Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Festival, the Nuyorican Poets Café, and elsewhere.

Admission is free. Click here to reserve your ticket.

9/11 Memorial & Museum
180 Greenwich St.
New York, NY 10007

 
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Thursday, May 18, 7:00pm

New York, NY

Emily Dickinson: My Letter to the World

From the producers of the Emily Dickinson biopic, A Quiet Passion, this documentary is an in-depth examination of the life and work of one of America's greatest poets, narrated by Cynthia Nixon. Join director Sol Papadopoulos of Hurricane Films for a postscreening discussion.

My Letter to the World Promo from Hurricane Films on Vimeo. 
 
Tickets: $15; $10 for Morgan and Poetry Society of America members.

Visit themorgan.org/programs or call 212.685.0008, ext. 560, to charge your order. 

The exhibition I'm Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson will be open at 6 pm for program attendees.

The Morgan Library
225 Madison Avenue at East 36th Street
New York City
 
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Monday, May 22, 7:00pm

New York, NY

RESISTANCE, REBELLION, LIFE: 50 Poems Now

Readings by James ArthurAlex DimitrovVincent KatzDeborah Landau, Carol Muske-DukesAmit MajmudarTomas Q. Morin, Paul MuldoonDennis NurkseRowan Ricardo PhillipsMaggie Smith, and Monica Sok from the new anthology Resistance, Rebellion, Life: 50 Poems Now (Knopf, May 2017), 50 crucial poems written in response to the current political climate, selected and introduced by the Ohio Poet Laureate—and son of immigrants—Amit Majmudar.

About RESISTANCE, REBELLION LIFE: 50 Poems Now
In a political atmosphere where language and even meaning itself are continually under threat, poetry has a critical role to play. And our poets have been responding—in the streets and at their desks, demanding a full accounting from themselves and from their nation. Majmudar's elegant introduction to these vital poems reminds us that "false stories take a lot of killing because they are made of language. Because they are made of language, though, they can be killed." From Solmaz Sharif and Eileen Myles to Kevin Young and Juan Felipe Herrera, American poets of diverse styles and strategies have contributed their truths: scenes from the front lines of resistance, and from the interior of our collective conscience. 

Presented by Alfred A. Knopf and co-sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program and the Poetry Society of America.

Tishman Auditorium 
NYU School of Law
40 Washington Sq South
New York, New York 10012

 

 
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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 fifth and final 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, a National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her honors include a United States Artist Fellowship, a 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

 
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Tuesday, Jun 6, 6:00pm

New York

Poetry Society of America's Spring Benefit Dinner Honoring Jacqueline Woodson

On June 6th, 2017, at our annual spring benefit at The New York Botanical Garden, the Poetry Society of America will honor JACQUELINE WOODSON, the Young People's Poet Laureate, and the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for adults, young adults, middle graders and children.

The New York Botanical Garden is one of New York's most magical places, and the evening will include music and cocktails in the conservatory and a private viewing of their highly anticipated spring exhibit, CHIHULY.

Benefit Chairs Michael A. Boyd and Judith Woodard invite you to join lovers of poetry from near and far for an incandescent evening of botanical splendor, artistic revelation, memorable entertainment, superb culinary fare, marvelous champagne, and bountiful conversation, all to celebrate our honoree and the myriad ways we bring poetry to the crossroads of American life.

All proceeds benefit the PSA's programs including Poetry in Motion which places poems on subways and buses throughout the country.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY

 

 
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Tuesday, Jun 13, 6:30pm

Santa Monica, CA

ANNENBERG BEACH HOUSE:
Cynthia Hogue & David St. John

Cynthia Hogue has published nine collections of poetry, including the forthcoming In June the Labyrinth (Red Hen Press, 2017) and Revenance, listed as one of the 2014 "Standout" books by the Academy of American Poets. She has also published five books of prose, and her co-translation from the French with Sylvain Gallais of poet Virginie Lalucq and philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy (Omnidawn, 2012), won the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award. Among Hogue's other honors are an NEA Fellowship in poetry, the H.D. Fellowship at the Beinecke Library at Yale University, and the Witter Bynner Translation Fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute. She holds the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry at Arizona State University.

David St. John is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Study for the World's Body (1994), which was nominated for the National Book Award, and more recently the The Auroras (2012), The Window (2014), and The Last Troubadour: Selected and New Poems (2017). St. John is also the author of a volume of essays, interviews and reviews, Where the Angels Come Toward Us (1995) and is co-editor of American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry (2009). David St. John has written libretti for the opera, THE FACE, and for the choral symphony, THE SHORE. He lives in Venice Beach, California.


Co-sponsored by the Poetry Society of America and Red Hen Press

Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway
 
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Tuesday, Jun 27, 7:00pm

New York, NY

Showcase Reading: David Ferry and Gerald Stern

Readings by David Ferry (Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations, University of Chicago Press) and Gerald Stern (This Time: New and Selected Poems, W.W. Norton & Co)

Co-sponsored with Poets House.

Admission is free.

Poets House
10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282

 
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Tuesday, Jul 18, 7:00pm

New York, NY

PSA PRESENTS WITH THE BRYANT PARK READING ROOM: Birds (LLC) in the Park

Join us as poets Dan Magers, Monica McClure, Niina Polari, and Sampson Starweather, each published with the independent poetry press Birds, LLC, read their poetry in Bryant Park.

Dan Magers' books include Partyknife (Birds, LLC, 2012). He is the founder of the online poetry journal Sink Review and the handmade chapbook press Immaculate Disciples Press, which focuses on poetry book and artist collaborations. His newest chapbook Spiritual Grave Year is published by Reality Beach. He lives in Chicago.

Monica McClure is a poet, essayist, and performer based in NYC. Her poetry collections include Tender Data (Birds, LLC, 2015) and Concomitance (Counterpath Press, 2016), among others. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Tin House, jubilat, Fence, and elsewhere.  

Niina Pollari is a poet and translator, and the author of Dead Horse (Birds, LLC 2015). Her most recent project is a split chapbook with the writer merritt k called Total Mood Killer, out now from Tiger Bee Press. 
 

Sampson Starkweather, a founding editor of Birds, LLC,is the author of PAIN: The Board Game (Third Man Books, 2016) and The First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather (Birds, LLC, 2013), as well as nine chapbooks. He works for the Center for the Humanities at the City University of New York Graduate Center and lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Co-sponsored by the Bryant Park Reading Room and the Poetry Society of America
Admission is free.

Bryant Park Reading Room
1065 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY
 
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Sunday, Sep 17

Brooklyn, NY

Poetry at the 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 Kaveh Akbar, Will Brewer, Carolyn Forché, Robin Coste Lewis, Layli Long Soldier, Meghan O'Rourke, Morgan Parker, sam sax, Danez Smith, and more.

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

 
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Thursday, Sep 28, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION
Meghan O'Rourke, with Deborah Landau

Meghan O'Rourke is the author of three poetry collections Sun in Days (W. W. Norton, 2017), Once (2011), and Halflife (2007), as well as a memoir, The Long Goodbye (Riverhead, 2012).  She has received  a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship, among others. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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, Oct 5, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION
Nicole Sealey, with Alice Quinn

Nicole Sealey is the author of Ordinary Beast (Ecco, 2017) and The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named, winner of the 2015 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. Her other honors include an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from The American Poetry Review,  as well as fellowships from CantoMundo, Cave Canem, MacDowell Colony and the Poetry Project.  She is the executive director at Cave Canem Foundation, Inc.

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, Nov 13

New York, NY

A CELEBRATION OF GWENDOLYN BROOKS
with Elizabeth Alexander, Tyehimba Jess, Yusef Komunyakaa, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Marilyn Nelson, Atsuro Riley, Sapphire, Solmaz Sharif and Patricia Smith

The 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center hosts an evening of readings to celebrate the centenary of Gwendolyn Brooks—part of a year-long, nationwide tribute to one of America's most influential poets.

Co-sponsored by Our Miss Brooks: A Centennial Celebration, the Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem Foundation, the NYU Creative Writing Program, the Poetry Society of America, Poets House and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (NYPL).

92nd Street Y | Unterberg Poetry Center
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128