Spring 2016

All Events

 

Thursday, Feb 4, 7:00pm

New York, NY

TRIBUTE TO JAMES TATE

An event to honor the acclaimed poet James Tate (1943-2015), featuring poets John Ashbery, Gillian Conoley, Michael Earl Craig, Jorie Graham, Matthea Harvey, Yusef Komunyakaa, Dorothea Lasky, Emily Pettit, Guy Pettit, Srikanth Reddy, Charles Simic, Arisa White, Dean Young, and Matthew Zapruder. The event will be introduced by David Lehman, Associate Professor of Writing, and feature music by Eve Beglarian and Charles Wuorinen and vocals by Maya Sharpe.


Co-sponsored by The New School Creative Writing Program; the Academy of American Poets; Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins; the Poetry Foundation; the Poetry Society of America; Poets & Writers, Poets House; the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers; the Unterberg Poetry Center, and 92nd Street Y.

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, Feb 11, 7:00pm

New York, NY

A TRIBUTE TO RUTH STONE

An event honoring the poet Ruth Stone (1915-2011), featuring Matthea Harvey, Edward Hirsch, Major Jackson, Sharon Olds, and Bianca Stone. Rachel Eliza Griffiths and Jennifer Tamayo will read recent work published in the first installment of The Ruth Stone Reader.

Co-sponsored by the Thirteenth Street Repertory Theatre and The Ruth Stone Foundation.

Admission is free.

Thirteenth Street Repertory Theatre
50 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011

 
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Wednesday, Feb 17, 7:00pm

Brookyn, NY

THE PSA READINGS AT BOOKCOURT
Patricia Spears Jones and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

Patricia Spears Jones is the author of A Lucent Fire: New & Selected Poems (White Pine Press, 2015), Painkiller (2010), Femme du Monde (2006), The Weather That Kills (1995), and several chapbooks. A contributing editor at BOMB magazine, she has also served as a program coordinator for the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church and led the New Works Program for the Massachusetts Council of Arts and Humanities. Her honors include grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Art and the New York Community Trust, and residencies at Yaddo, Bread Loaf, and the Millay Colony.  She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is the author of Open Interval, a 2009 National Book Award finalist, and Black Swan, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, as well as Poems in Conversation and a Conversation, a chapbook in collaboration with Elizabeth Alexander. She is currently at work on a third collection, The Coal Tar Colors.

Admission is free.

BookCourt
163 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

 
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Thursday, Feb 25, 7:00pm

New York, NY

A NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION
Eileen Myles, with Alice Quinn

Poet, novelist, performer and art journalist Eileen Myles is the author of nineteen books including I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems and a re-issue of Chelsea Girls, both published in fall 2015, from Ecco/Harper Collins. Her other books include Snowflake/different streets (2012), Inferno: A Poet's Novel (2010), The Importance of Being Iceland: Travel Essays in Art (2009), Sorry, Tree (2007), Tow (2005, with artists Larry C. Collins), Skies (2001), on my way (2001), Cool for You (novel, 2000), School of Fish (1997), Maxfield Parrish (1995), and Not Me (1991). She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital art writers' grant, a Lambda Book Award, and the Shelley Prize from the Poetry Society of America. She lives in Marfa, Texas and New York.

Co-Sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program.

Admission is free.

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Tishman Auditorium
Vanderbilt Hall
NYU School of Law
40 Washington Square South

 
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Saturday, Mar 5, 2:00pm

Bronx, NY

Poetry for Every Season with Ada Limón

The poetry on display at the New York Botanical Gardens celebrates spring, flowers, and beauty. Meet Ada Limón during this special reading that compliments the ongoing Poetry Walk, as she reads selected works on nature and poems from her collections, which include Lucky Wreck (Autumn House Press, 2006), winner of the 2005 Autumn House Poetry Prize; This Big Fake World (Pearl Editions, 2006), winner of the 2005 Pearl Poetry Prize; and Sharks in the Rivers (Milkweed Editions, 2010). She received an M.F.A. from the Creative Writing Program at New York University and was a 2001–2002 fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She has also received a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts and won the Chicago Literary Award for Poetry. She splits her time between Lexington, Kentucky and Sonoma, California.

Book signing to begin at 1:30.

Co-sponsored by 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
Rose Hall
Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road

 
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Tuesday, Mar 15, 7:00pm

New Orleans, LA

THE NEW SALON: READINGS AND CONVERSATIONS
Eduardo C. Corral, with Peter Cooley

Eduardo C. Corral is a CantoMundo fellow. He holds degrees from Arizona State University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2012, Beloit Poetry Journal, Huizache, Jubilat, New England Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, and Quarterly West. His work has been honored with a "Discovery"/The Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry, and writing residencies to the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo.  Slow Lightning, his first book of poems, was selected by Carl Phillips as the 2011 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. 

Co-Sponsored by Tulane University

Admission is free. Reception to follow.

Tulane University
Stone Auditorium
Woldenberg Art Center

 
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Wednesday, Mar 23, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE PSA READINGS AT MCNALLY JACKSON:
Kyle Dargan and Camille Rankine

Kyle Dargan is the author of four collections of poetry: The Listening (University of Georgia Press, 2004), which won the Cave Canem Prize, Bouquet of Hungers (2007), awarded the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in poetry, Logorrhea Dementia (2010), and most recently Honest Engine (2015). A former managing editor of Callaloo, he is also the founding editor of the magazine Post no Ills. He is the Director of Creative Writing at American University and lives in Washington DC.

Camille Rankine's first full-length collection of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses was recently published by Copper Canyon Press. She is also the author of the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America's 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship, the recipient of a 2010 "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize, and a finalist for The Poetry Foundation's 2014 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. She has also been awarded a fellowship from the MacDowell Colony, and she was named an Honorary Cave Canem Fellow in 2012. She is Assistant Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Manhattanville College and lives in New York City.

Admission is free.

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012 

 
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Thursday, Mar 24, 7:00pm

New York, NY

Our Common Home:
Celebrating Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Climate Change and Social Justice

Our Common Home was conceived as a response to the remarkable document issued by Pope Francis in 2015.  This inspired work challenges the communities of science, ethics, justice, economics and religion to all imagine an integral ecology based upon compassion and environmental knowledge. His first encyclical letter has energized many in the environmental communities in ways that could have lasting impacts. Our Common Home brings together a range of voices that will explore and reflect on the significance of these writings.

This celebratory evening is anchored by three seminal voices: Mary Evelyn Tucker, Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Divinity school, Elaine Pagels, Professor of Religion at Princeton University, and Arthur Lerner-Lam, Professor and Deputy Director of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. The voices of distinguished poets, artists, musicians and writers, including Jorie Graham, Andrew Sullivan, Scott Chaskey, Timothy Donnelly and Joy Harjo, highlight and sustain the program.

The Pope' Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality, Laudato Si, galvanized a new level of awareness on the moral necessity of addressing the climate crisis. In recognition of this global leadership, we invite you to join musicians, artists, poets and scientists to share perspectives on a multifaceted and holistic path forward in protecting our planet. This gathering at The Cooper Union will be an important moment in recognizing the role of values, ethics, science and spirit in addressing the complex tasks facing OUR COMMON HOME.

Read an interview with Alice Quinn, Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America, about the event.

Co-sponsored by: Urban Green, NRDC, ICP, Continuing Education and Public Programs of The Cooper Union, The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design.

Admission is free. You can register to attend here.

The Great Hall
Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street 

 
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Tuesday, Apr 5, 7:00pm

New York, NY

A Tribute to Jean Valentine

An event to honor Jean Valentine, featuring Michael Burkard, Mark Doty, Ross Gay, Aracelis GirmayJoan Larkin, Anne Marie Macari, Jane MeadElizabeth Metzger, D. Nurkse, Mary Ruefle, Patrick Rosal,  Brian Teare, Ocean Vuong, and Jeffrey Yang.

Co-sponsored with Poets House.
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, Apr 13, 6:30pm

Queens, NY

THE NEW SALON: READINGS AND CONVERSATIONS
with Eamon Grennan

Eamon Grennan, a Dubliner, taught for many years at Vassar College and has also taught in the graduate writing programs of Columbia's School of the Arts and NYU. A recipient of the Lenore Marshall Prize, his recent collections are Out of Sight: New & Selected Poems (Graywolf) and But the Body (Gallery, Ireland).  He has translated the poems of Leopardi (winner of the PEN award in translation) and co-translated (with his partner, Rachel Kitzinger) Oedipus at Colonus (Oxford).  He has also written a
book of critical essays: Facing the Music: Irish Poetry in the 20th Century. His latest volume There Now is forthcoming in the U.S. from Graywolf in autumn 2016. In the past few years he has been writing and directing "plays for voices" for a small Irish group, Curlew Theatre Company. He lives in Poughkeepsie and in Connemara.

Conversation to follow the reading, moderated by Jeff Cassvan, a former student of Grennan's who is the acting director of Irish Studies at Queens College.

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

Admission is free.

Queens College
Godwin Ternbach Museum
Klapper Hall

 
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Wednesday, Apr 20, 7:00pm

New York, NY

106TH ANNUAL POETRY SOCIETY OF AMERICA AWARDS CEREMONY

The evening will honor our 2016 Frost Medalist Grace Schulman, our 2016 Shelley Memorial winner Sonia Sanchez, and winners of our other Annual Awards. 

Admission is free. 

The Grand Ballroom,
The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South

 
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Thursday, Apr 21, 4:00pm

Los Angeles, CA

Metro Art Presents: Rush Hour Readings
with Dana Goodyear, Carol Muske-Dukes and Amy Uyematsu

A long-running collaboration between Metro Art and the Poetry Society of America, we are pleased to present Los Angeles-based poets Dana Goodyear, Carol Muske-Dukes, and Amy Uyematsu, who will give readings of their work in celebration of National Poetry Month. The poets will be available for conversation following the readings. Free copies of past Poetry in Motion/LA™ bookmarks and posters will be available for the public.

Admission is free.

Union Station East
800 N Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

 
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Thursday, Apr 28, 6:30pm

Boston, MA

THE GLORIES OF POETRY IN TRANSLATION
with Rhina P. Espaillat, David Ferry, and Ellen Doré Watson, hosted by Robert Pinsky

Join us as Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky hosts renowned poets and translators Rhina P. Espaillat, David Ferry, and Ellen Doré Watson, who will read from their translated works and share insights and stories on the experience and process of translation. 

Rhina P. Espaillat has published thirteen books comprising poetry, essays and short stories, in both English and her native Spanish, and translations from and into Spanish. Her work appears in numerous journals and anthologies and has earned many national and international awards. Recent works include Her Place in These Designs and Spanish translations of Richard Wilbur (Oscura fruta/Dark Berries: Forty-two Poems by Richard Wilbur) and Robert Frost (Algo hay que no es amigo de los muros/Something There Is that Doesn't Love a Wall: Forty Poems by Robert Frost.)

David Ferry is an acclaimed American poet and translator. Ferry's translations, which include some of the world's major works of poetry including The Odes of Horace and both The Eclogues and Georgics of Virgil, are known for their fluency and grace. In addition to his lauded translations, Ferry is also a prize-winning poet in his own right. He has won numerous awards for both his translations and his poetry.

Ellen Doré Watson directs the Poetry Center at Smith College and has translated a dozen books from the Portuguese, most notably poetry by Brazilian Adélia Prado, including Ex-Voto (Tupelo) and The Mystical Rose (Bloodaxe, 2014). She has also published four books of her own poetry, most recently Dogged Hearts (Tupelo, 2010) and translations from the Arabic with co-translator Saadi Simawi. Watson serves on the faculty of the Drew University Graduate Program in Poetry and Translation and as Poetry & Translation Editor of The Massachusetts Review.

Co-sponsored by Mass Poetry.

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

 
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Friday, Apr 29, 7:30pm

New York, NY

Poets and Patriots: The Easter Rising 1916

Ireland's Easter Rising was preceded by a cultural revolution in which The Abbey Theatre was founded "to bring upon the stage the deeper emotions of Ireland." The rebellion itself was led by a group that included many poets. On the centenary of the Rising, in which New York played an important role, the Poetry Society of America presents an extraordinary evening of Irish and American poetry in partnership with Cooper Union, CualaNYC, Culture Ireland and Poets House. With Louis DePaor, Timothy Donnelly, Theo Dorgan, Eamon GrennanJohn Montague, Paul Muldoon, Leanne O'SullivanMaria Tucci and Susan McKeownMick McAuley and The Murphy Beds.
 
For more information visit: www.cualanyc.com

The Great Hall
Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street 
 
 
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Thursday, May 5, 7:00pm

New York, NY

A New Salon: Reading and Conversation
Brenda Shaughnessy, with Deborah Landau

Brenda Shaughnessy was born in Okinawa, Japan and grew up in Southern California. She is the author of Our Andromeda (Copper Canyon Press, 2012), Human Dark with Sugar (2008), winner of the James Laughlin Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Interior with Sudden Joy (FSG, 1999). Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Harper's, The Nation, The Rumpus, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University, Newark, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and daughter.

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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Saturday, May 7, 1:00pm

Bronx, NY

Celebrating Mothers in Verse at the New York Botanical Garden

Celebrate your mother in verse with poets José Olivarez & Eugenia Leigh in the New York Botanical Garden's Penennial Garden. Workshops: 1:00 and 3:00; Readings and open mic: 2:00 and 4:00

The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY

 
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Sunday, May 8, 1:00pm

Bronx, NY

Celebrating Mothers in Verse at the New York Botanical Garden

Celebrate your mother in verse with poets Ama Codjoe & Alina Gregorian in the New York Botanical Garden's Penennial Garden. Workshops: 1:00 and 3:00; Readings and open mic: 2:00 and 4:00

The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY

 
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Tuesday, May 10, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE PSA READINGS AT MCNALLY JACKSON:
Derrick Austin and Nate Marshall

Derrick Austin is the author of Trouble the Water (BOA Editions 2016). A Cave Canem Fellow, he earned his MFA at the University of Michigan. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best American Poetry 2015, New England Review,  Four Way Review, Southern Humanities Review, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review,  and other journals and anthologies. He is the Social Media Coordinator for The Offing.

Nate Marshall's first book, Wild Hundreds (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. He is a coeditor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (2015).  He is the star of the award winning full-length documentary Louder Than a Bomb and has been featured on the HBO original series Brave New Voices. Marshall received the 2014 Hurston/Wright Founding Members Award for College Writers and the 2013 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award. In 2015, he was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.

Admission is free. 

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012 

 
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Tuesday, May 24

Bronx, NY

Poetry Society of America's Spring Benefit Dinner Honoring Billy Collins and Poetry's Philanthropists

On May 24th, 2016, at our annual spring benefit at The New York Botanical Garden, the Poetry Society of America will honor Laura Baudo Sillerman, a great champion of poetry who will be accepting on behalf of all poetry's philanthropists, and her friend of many years, Billy Collins, one of our country's most admired and popular poets.

The New York Botanical Garden is one of New York's most magical places, and the evening will include a private tour of their highly anticipated spring exhibit, Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas.

Honorary Chair Paul Simon and Benefit Chairs Garrison Keillor and Laurie David invite you to Join us for an incandescent evening of botanical splendor, artistic revelation, memorable entertainment, superb culinary fare, marvelous champagne, and bountiful conversation, all to celebrate our honorees and the myriad ways we bring poetry to the crossroads of American life,  including our city's subway cars and buses, and—in conjunction with every major new exhibit-- the grounds of the incomparable New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.

The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY

 
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Wednesday, Jun 8, 6:30pm

New York, NY

THE PSA READINGS AT MCNALLY JACKSON:
DELMORE SCHWARTZ, A READING AND CONVERSATION with Adam Kirsch and Craig Morgan Teicher

With much of Delmore Schwartz's work out of print for decades, Once and For All: The Best of Delmore Schwartz (New Directions, April 2016) restores a missing chapter in the history of twentieth-century American literature. Join us for a reading and conversation with prominent Schwartz admirers Adam Kirsch and Craig Morgan Teicher.

Adam Kirsch is the author of three books of poems, most recently Emblems of the Passing World: Poems after Photographs by August Sander. He is the author of The Wounded Surgeon: Confession and Transformation in Six American Poets, which includes a study of the work of Delmore Schwartz.

Craig Morgan Teicher is the author of several books of poems and prose, most recently To Keep Love Blurry. He is the editor of Once and For All: The Best of Delmore Schwartz.

Admission is free. 

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012 

 
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Wednesday, Jun 22, 7:00pm

New York, NY

The Poetry Society of America Chapbook Reading

Come celebrate the 13th Anniversary of the PSA Chapbook Fellowship with readings by 2016 Chapbook Fellows
Adriana Cloud, Monica Sok, Sarah Trudgeon, and Amanda Turner alongside this year's poet-judges Marilyn Chin, Jane Hirshfield, and A. Van Jordan.

Admission is free.

The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park
New York, NY  

 
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Sunday, Jun 26, 2:00pm

Bronx, NY

Poetry for Every Season Reading: Sophie Cabot Black

Join the PSA and the New York Botanical Garden for a special reading by Sophie Cabot Black, which complements the ongoing Poetry Walk at the Garden in conjunction with their new exhibit Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas. She will read selected works by poets who were contemporary to the American Impressionists as well as poems from her collections, which include The Misunderstanding of Nature (1994), which won the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award, and The Descent (2004), which won the Connecticut Book Award. Her honors include the Grolier Poetry Prize and the PSA's John Masefield Memorial Award, as well as fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College. She lives in New York City and Wilton, Connecticut.

Book signing to begin at 1:30.

Co-sponsored by 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
Perennial Garden
Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road

 
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Tuesday, Jun 28, 7:00pm

New York, NY

PSA PRESENTS WITH THE BRYANT PARK READING ROOM: Celebrating Poetry in Translation with the New York Review of Books

Join us as renowned translators Hiroaki Sato, Richard Sieburth, Matvei Yankelevich, and Jason Weiss read from their NYRB Poets translations of Sakutarō Hagiwara (Japanese), Louise Labé (French), Alexander Vvedensky (Russian), and Silvina Ocampo (Spanish), sharing their insight about, and experience of, the process of translating poetry.

Co-sponsored by the Bryant Park Reading Room & the New York Review of Books

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

 

 
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Tuesday, Jul 26, 6:30pm

Santa Monica, CA

Kim Addonizio, Jacqueline Derner Tchakalian, Amy Uyematsu

Kim Addonizio is the author of seven poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and two books on writing poetry: The Poet's Companion (with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius. Her poetry collection Tell Me was a finalist for the National Book Award. She also has two word/music CDs: Swearing, Smoking, Drinking, & Kissing (with Susan Browne) and My Black Angel. Addonizio's awards include two fellowships from the NEA, a Guggenheim, two Pushcart Prizes, and more. Her new books are a poetry collection, Mortal Trash (W.W. Norton), and a memoir, Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life (Penguin).

Jacqueline Derner Tchakalian, a poet and visual artist, has lived in five states and seven cities in California. Trained as a visual artist, she discovered writing poetry later in life, at which time she quit painting for ten years. A past co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets Series and the Los Angeles Poetry Festival, her poems have appeared in Eclipse, So to Speak, California Quarterly, Westward 4, and elsewhere. She was a finalist in the 2010 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival Poetry Contest and the 2007 Conflux Press Artists Books Contest. Her latest book is The Size of Our Bed (Red Hen, 2015). 

Amy Uyematsu is a third-generation Japanese-American poet and teacher from Los Angeles. She has published four previous poetry collections: 30 Miles from J-Town (Story Line Press, 1992), Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain (Story Line Press, 1997), Stone Bow Prayer (Copper Canyon Press, 2005), and The Yellow Door (Red Hen Press, 2015). Her first book was awarded the 1992 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Amy was a co-editor of the widely-used UCLA Asian American Studies anthology Roots: An Asian American Reader. Her new book, Basic Vocabulary, is forthcoming with Red Hen Press this fall. 

Admission is free.

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

 
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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, Reginald Dwayne Betts,  Tina ChangCynthia Cruz, Paolo JavierTyehimba Jess,  Yusef KumunyakaaRickey Laurentiis, Robin Coste LewisCamille Rankine, Patrick RosalSolmaz SharifOcean Vuong, and Monica Youn

Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street

For a full calendar of Brooklyn Book Festival events visit here

 
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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, 7:00pm

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, Carolyn Forché, 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, 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, 14 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, Kay Ryan, 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; & supported by Alfred A. Knopf; Four Way Books; Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Graywolf; HarperCollins; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Louisiana State University Press; W.W. Norton; NYRB Poets / New York Review Books; 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