Fall 2017

All Events

 

Tuesday, Sep 12, 7:00pm

New York, NY

DANTE AMONG FRIENDS
with Robin Coste Lewis, Kevin Young, and Terrance McKnight

On the occasion of the exhibition Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends, MoMA published Robert Rauschenberg: Thirty-Four Illustrations for Dante's Inferno, featuring newly commissioned works by acclaimed poets Kevin Young and Robin Coste Lewis that respond to Rauschenberg's celebrated series and offer a personal vision of hell. On September 12, Young and Coste Lewis will read a selection of these works in an evening of poetry and music curated by WQXR's Terrance McKnight and performed by a host of extraordinary invited guests. An exploration of Rauschenberg's conversation with Dante across the centuries, this special evening celebrates creativity in dialogue among friends. 

This program is made possible by The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA's Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.

Purchase of a ticket to this program includes free admission to the Museum through the run of Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends, closing September 17. 

Tickets are available here.
Museum of Modern Art
11 W 53rd Street
New YorkNY 10019
 
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Friday, Sep 15, 7:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

A TRIBUTE TO MARIANNE MOORE

Marianne Moore's New Collected Poems recently published by Farrar Straus & Giroux is a landmark edition of the work of one of the major innovators of poetic modernism. The editor Heather Cass White joins Margo Jefferson, Timothy Donnelly, Maureen N. McLane, and Eleanor Chai to read favorite poems from the new collection.  The evening also includes actors Patrick Breen and Maria Tucci reading excerpts from the correspondence Moore conducted with the scrupulously diplomatic representative from the Ford Motor Company, which invited her suggestions for its new line of car. (The company bemusedly resisted these, including Utopian Turtletop, and named the car Edsel after one of Henry Ford's sons.) Highlights from Moore's collaboration with Cassius Clay on his album I Am the Greatest will also be featured, and the evening will include members of the Brooklyn Art Song Society performing two songs Virgil Thompson set to Moore poems.

At 6: 30 PM, we welcome you to join us at the Camperdown Elm in Prospect Park and spend some time admiring the tree while reading Moore's poem "The Camperdown Elm."

This is a Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event.

Presented in collaboration with the Brooklyn Public Library, Farrar, Straus & Giroux,  and Prospect Park Alliance.

Free and open to the public.

Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

 
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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, Aja Monet, Meghan O'Rourke, Morgan Parker, Tommy PicoErika L. Sánchez, sam sax, Nicole SealeyDanez Smith, Mai Der Vang, and Javier Zamora.

Brooklyn Borough Hall and surrounding venues.

For a full calendar of Brooklyn Book Festival events visit here.

 
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Tuesday, Sep 26, 6:00pm

New York, NY

POETS SPEAK:
Charles Bernstein & Sergio Bessa on Mira Schendel

In conjunction with the exhibition 'Mira Schendel. Sarrafos and Black and White Works,' Hauser & Wirth and the Poetry Society of America co-present a reading and talk with Charles Bernstein and Sergio Bessa on Schendel's work, the Noigandres poets and concrete poetry, as well as a reading of poetry by Brazilian poet and close friend of Schendel's Haroldo de Campos (1929–2003).

Charles Bernstein is the Donald T. Regan Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His most recent collection of critical essays is Pitch of Poetry and his most recent poetry collections include Recalculating and All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems.

Sergio Bessa is the Bronx Museum's Director of Curatorial and Education Programs. He has contributed texts to numerous catalogues, anthologies, and scholarly journals, and is the author of Öyvind Fahlström: The Art of Writing and a co-editor and translator of Haroldo de Campos' Novas: Selected Writings.

Free and open to the public. 

Hauser & Wirth
32 East 69th Street
New York, NY 10021

 
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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

Free and open to the public. 

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

Free and open to the public.

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

 
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Monday, Oct 16, 3:00pm

Boston, MA

POETS IN THE PALACE: Jana Prikryl in the Spanish Cloister

In this new series, visitors will enjoy an intimate, hour-long reading by a poet in one of the Museum's historic galleries.

Jana Prikryl is the author of The After Party (2016), a book of poems, and this year she is a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, where she is working on her second collection. Her poems have been published widely, in magazines including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The London Review of Books. She writes essays on photography and film that appear regularly in The Nation and The New York Review of Books, where she works as a senior editor.

Co-presented with Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 

Visitors are welcome to experience the poetry reading as they move through the galleries. The reading is free with museum admission and no registration is required.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to pre-register for one of fifteen seats at the reading. Registration for seats will open at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 9. At that time, you can register online by visiting this event listing, or call the museum's box office. Once seats are filled, a waitlist will be created, and you will be automatically added in the order that requests are received. If you are on the waitlist, you will receive notification one-day prior to the event only if a seat has been made available.

Additional Registration Information

To receive updates about future Gallery Pop-Ups and other performances at the Gardner, please email  performance@isgm.org to be added to our mailing list.

Tickets / Museum Admission

Gallery Pop-Up events are included with Museum admission.

Adults $15, seniors $12, students $5, free for members and children 17 and under.

-By calling the box office at 617 278 5156, Wednesday-Monday, 10 am-4 pm

-In person: Visit the Museum and purchase at the door, Wednesday-Monday, 11 am-4:30 pm

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
25 Evans Way
Boston, MA 02115

 
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Tuesday, Oct 24, 7:00pm

New York, NY

POETRY IN MOTION 25th ANNIVERSARY RECEPTION

Since 1992, the Poetry Society of America and New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority have joined forces to present poems in one of the most beloved public art programs in America. Currently the program pairs poetry with art from MTA Arts & Design installations, catching readers' eyes on their daily journey.
Join us at the National Arts Club for a cocktail reception to toast the programs's 25th anniversary. Poetry in Motion poets Billy Collins, Aracelis Girmay, Major Jackson, Ada Limón, Jim Moore, Paul Muldoon, Marilyn Nelson, Patrick Phillips, Katha Pollitt, and Kevin Young will be in attendance and read from their work. 

Cocktail Reception & Reading

The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park
New York, NY

You can purchase a ticket here.

Proceeds from the event support PSA's public programs.
 
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Wednesday, Oct 25, 6:00pm

New York, NY

THE BEST OF POETRY IN MOTION: CELEBRATING 25 YEARS ON SUBWAYS AND BUSES

Since 1992, the Poetry Society of America and New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority have joined forces to present poems in one of the most beloved public art programs in America. On the occasion of the publication of a new anniversary anthology of 100 poems, The Best of Poetry in Motion: Celebrating 25 years on Subways and Buses, many of the poets featured will gather to read their own contributions and favorites by others--among them Billy CollinsAracelis Girmay, Major Jackson, Ada Limón, Jim Moore, Paul Muldoon, Marilyn Nelson, Patrick Phillips, Katha Pollitt, and Kevin Young.

Free and open to the public. Reserve your seat here.

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
Bruno Walter Auditorium
111 Amsterdam Avenue

 
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Thursday, Nov 2, 7:00pm

New York, NY

AIR THIS PAIN AND ALTER IT:
WHAT CAN POETRY DO?

As part of the Poetry Society of America's 2017-2018 national series of this title, distinguished poets and writers present poems which speak to our contemporary moment. Featured writers include Eduardo C. CorralNick Flynn, Bob HicokJane Hirshfield, Gregory Pardlo, Francine Prose, and Jacqueline Woodson.

C0-sponsored by The Graduate Center, City University of New York, with support from the Ford Foundation.

Free and open to the public.

Proshansky Auditorium
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY   

 
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Monday, Nov 6, 3:00pm

Boston, MA

POETS IN THE PALACE: Robert Pinsky in the Tapestry Room

Robert Pinsky  is an American poet, essayist, literary critic, and translator. From 1997 to 2000, he served as U.S. Poet Laureate. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, essays, and translations. His most recent poetry collection, At the Foundling Hospital, was published in 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. His work has earned him the PEN/Voelcker Award, the William Carlos Williams Prize, the Lenore Marshall Prize, Italy's Premio Capri, the Korean Manhae Award, and the Harold Washington Award from the City of Chicago, among other accolades. He teaches at Boston University.

Co-presented with Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 

The reading is free with museum admission. Visitors will have the opportunity to pre-register for one of thirty seats at the reading. Registration for seats will open at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 30. At that time, you can register online by visiting this event listing, or call the museum's box office. Once seats are filled, a waitlist will be created, and you will be automatically added in the order that requests are received. If you are on the waitlist, you will receive notification one-day prior to the event only if a seat has been made available.

Please note that the Tapestry Room will be closed to the public during this reading. Only visitors who have pre-registered will be admitted to the gallery.

Additional Registration Information

To receive updates about future Gallery Pop-Ups and other performances at the Gardner, please email  performance@isgm.org to be added to our mailing list.

Tickets / Museum Admission

Gallery Pop-Up events are included with Museum admission.

Adults $15, seniors $12, students $5, free for members and children 17 and under.

-By calling the box office at 617 278 5156, Wednesday-Monday, 10 am-4 pm

-In person: Visit the Museum and purchase at the door, Wednesday-Monday, 11 am-4:30 pm

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
25 Evans Way
Boston, MA 02115

 
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Monday, Nov 13, 7:30pm

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 as 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).

Tickets can be purchased here.

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

 
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Thursday, Nov 16, 7:00pm

New York, NY

A CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF GWENDOLYN BROOKS with Jericho Brown, Cornelius Eady, Rigoberto González, Darryl Pinckney, Evie Shockley, and others.

A major American poet of the twentieth century, Gwendolyn Brooks is a writer of great formal mastery and intimate observation, most beautifully of the Chicago communities she writes of, the people who make "a sugar of/The malocclusions, the inconditions of love." The author of twenty separate volumes of poetry, including the celebrated A Street in Bronzeville (1945), the Pulitzer Prize-winning Annie Allen (1949), and In the Mecca (1968), as well as the experimental novel Maude Martha (1953) and other volumes of prose and collected verse, Brooks is a writer who "managed to bridge the gap between the academic poets of her generation in the 1940s and the young black militant writers of the 1960s" (George E. Kent). In her work, "Brooks never feared or shirked what she fervently believed was her responsibility; that sense of responsibility shaped her very aesthetic. Few poets walk with such integrity" (Elizabeth Alexander).
  
Presented as a part of Our Miss Brooks 100 with the Poetry Society of America, the Barnard Center for Research on Women, and the Columbia Heyman Center for the Humanities.

Free and open to the public.

Barnard
Held Lecture Hall
Barnard Hall, 3rd Floor
 
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Monday, Dec 11, 3:00pm

Boston, MA

POETS IN THE PALACE: Major Jackson in the Titian Room

In this new series, visitors will enjoy an intimate, hour-long reading by a living poet in one of the museum's historic galleries.

Major Jackson is the author of four collections of poetry: Roll Deep (W. W. Norton, 2017); Holding Company (2010) and Hoops ( 2006), both finalists for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature-Poetry; and Leaving Saturn (University of Georgia, 2002), winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and finalist for a National Book Critics Award Circle.


Co-presented with Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 

Visitors are welcome to experience the poetry reading as they move through the galleries. The reading is free with museum admission and no registration is required.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to pre-register for one of fifteen seats at the reading. Registration for seats will open at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 4. At that time, you can register online by visiting this event listing, or call the museum's box office. Once seats are filled, a waitlist will be created, and you will be automatically added in the order that requests are received. If you are on the waitlist, you will receive notification one-day prior to the event only if a seat has been made available.

Additional Registration Information

To receive updates about future Gallery Pop-Ups and other performances at the Gardner, please email performance@isgm.org to be added to our mailing list.

Tickets / Museum Admission

Gallery Pop-Up events are included with Museum admission.

Adults $15, seniors $12, students $5, free for members and children 17 and under.

-By calling the box office at 617 278 5156, Wednesday-Monday, 10 am-4 pm

-In person: Visit the Museum and purchase at the door, Wednesday-Monday, 11 am-4:30 pm 

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 
25 Evans Way 
Boston, MA 02115

 
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Monday, Dec 11, 7:30pm

Washington D.C.

EMILY DICKINSON TRIBUTE
with Sandra Gilbert

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

Sandra M. Gilbert has published numerous collections of poetry, including the Patterson Prize winning Ghost Volcano and Kissing the Bread: New and Selected Poems 1969–1999, which won an American Book Award in 2000. Recent collections include Belongings and Aftermath: Poems. Gilbert's other work includes Inventions of Farewell, an anthology of elegies which she edited, and Death's Door: Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve, a cultural and literary history of grief.

Co-sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library.

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

For more information visit the Folger.

Folger Theatre
Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE