Spring 2015

All Events


Sunday, Jan 18, 5:00pm

New York, NY

Mark Strand Memorial Event at American Academy of Arts and Letters

Participants in the memorial include U.S. Poets Laureate Charles Simic and Charles Wright, actor Mary Louise Parker, painter William H. Bailey, composer and pianist John Musto, playwright John Guarre, novelist Francine Prose, and others. Strand's family will also participate.

Mark Strand was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 1934. He received a BA from Antioch College, a BFA from Yale and an MA from the University of Iowa. He was the author of 17 books of poems, including most recently "Collected Poems" (2014), as well as two books of prose, several volumes of translation (of works by Rafael Alberti and Carlos Drummond de Andrade, among others), several monographs on contemporary artists, and three books for children. He edited numerous anthologies as well, including "100 Great Poems of the Twentieth Century" (2005), "The Best American Poetry 1991," and "Another Republic: 17 European and South American Writers" (with Charles Simic, 1976).

Strand's honors included the Pulitzer Prize, the Bollingen Prize, a Rockefeller Foundation award, a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, and the Wallace Stevens Award. He received fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Academy of American Poets, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation.

Mark Strand died at eighty years old on November 29, 2014.

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Co-sponsored by the Academy of American Poets; The Writing Program of the Columbia University School of the Arts; Alfred A. Knopf; 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center; the Poetry and Literature Center, Library of Congress; the Poetry Foundation; the Poetry Society of America; Poets & Writers; and Poets House.

The event is free and open to the public; tickets or reservations are not needed.

American Academy of Arts and Letters
(entrance on 632 West 156th Street)
New York, NY


Wednesday, Feb 4, 7:00pm

New York, NY

Cynthia Cruz & Reginald Harris

Cynthia Cruz's first collection of poems, Ruin, was published by Alice James Books and her second collection, The Glimmering Room, was published by Four Way Books in 2012. Wunderkammer, her third collection, was published by Four Way Books in 2014. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony as well as a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. Her poems have been published in The American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Kenyon Review, The New Yorker, Paris Review, and others. Her art reviews and essays have been published in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus and Hyperallergic. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Reginald Harris is winner of the 2012 Cave Canem/ Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize for Autogeography. He is a Pushcart Prize Nominee, recipient of Individual Artist Awards for both poetry and fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council, and a Finalist for both a Lambda Literary Award and the ForeWord Book of the Year for 10 Tongues: Poems (2002). His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He is Poetry In The Branches Coordinator and Information Technology Director for Poets House in New York City and an Associate Editor for Lambda Literary Foundation's Literary Review. He lives in Brooklyn.

Admission is free.

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street


Tuesday, Feb 17, 7:00pm

Brooklyn, NY

Linda Susan Jackson, Timothy Liu & David McLoghlin

Join us for the PSA's first program at the charming Cobble Hill bookstore, BookCourt, a local institution offering best-sellers to classics.  Our inaugural reading will feature poets Linda Susan Jackson, Timothy Liu and David McLoghlin.

Linda Susan Jackson's first collection of poems, What Yellow Sounds Like, a finalist for The National Poetry Series and the Paterson Poetry Prize, was published by Tia Chucha Press (2007).  A Cave Canem fellow, she is also the recipient of fellowships from the New York State Foundation for the Arts, Calabash International Literary Festival, Soul Mountain Writers Retreat and Frost Place.  Her work has appeared in Obsidian, Mission at Tenth, Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, Crab Orchard Review, Brilliant Corners, Venus 2010, Gathering Ground and Rivendell among others and has been featured on From the Fishouse audio archive.  She is an associate professor of English at Medgar Evers College/CUNY.

Timothy Liu is the author of Don't Go Back To Sleep (Saturnalia, October 2014); Polytheogamy (Saturnalia, 2009); Bending the Mind Around the Dream's Blown Fuse (Talisman House, 2009); For Dust Thou Art (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005); Of Thee I Sing (University of Georgia Press, 2004), selected by Publishers Weekly as a 2004 Book-of-the-Year; Hard Evidence (Talisman House, 2001); Say Goodnight (Copper Canyon Press, 1998); Burnt Offerings (Copper Canyon Press, 1995); and Vox Angelica (Alice James Books, 1992), which won the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award.

David McLoghlin
is the author of Waiting for Saint Brendan and Other Poems, published by Salmon Poetry in 2012 and awarded 2nd prize in the Patrick Kavanagh Awards, Ireland's best-known award for a first unpublished manuscript. Most recently, he is the winner of Goodmorning Menagerie's 2015 Chapbook-in-Translation contest for Sign Tongue by Chilean poet Enrique Winter, which will be published later this year. Originally from Dublin, Ireland, David lives in the Windsor Terrace neighborhood of Brooklyn with his wife Adrienne Brock, where they run the Eagle and the Wren reading series. (www.davidmcloghlin.com)

163 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY


Tuesday, Feb 24, 7:00pm

Brooklyn, NY


In celebration of Black Future Month, join us for an exciting evening of readings by acclaimed poets Aracelis Girmay, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Camille Rankine, and Patricia Smith. In response to MoCADA's spring exhibition Vision Quest, which features work by the artists Sheena Rose and Amaryllis de Jesus Moleski, each poet will read work that examines Black womanhood in diverse and inspiring ways.

Cash bar provided, with a Q&A to follow the reading.

Co-sponsored with the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA).

80 Hanson Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217


Thursday, Feb 26

New York, NY


Join us for a celebration of John Berryman, in honor of the poet's centenary, marked by FSG last year with the publication of four volumes of Berryman's work, each with a new introduction:

The Heart Is Strange:  New Selected Poems, edited and with an introduction by Daniel Swift 

The Dream Songs, edited by Daniel Swift with a new introduction by Michael Hofmann

Berryman's Sonnets
, edited by Daniel Swift with a new introduction by April Bernard

77 Dream Songs
, edited by Daniel Swift with a new introduction  by Henri Cole

Fourteen distinguished contemporaries will commemorate the poet's life and work, in three afternoon panels, and each will read a favorite poem in that evening's reading, including Catherine BarnettApril Bernard, Henri Cole,  Cornelius Eady, Rachel Hadas, Saskia Hamilton, Cathy Park Hong, A. Van Jordan, Lawrence Joseph, Donna Masini, Edward Mendelson, Patrick Rosal, Evie Shockley, Daniel Swift, Kevin Young, Rachel Zucker

Schedule of Events


3pm-3:50pm -  Rachel Hadas,  Daniel Swift
moderated by A. Van Jordan

4pm-4:50pm - April Bernard, Henri Cole, A. Van Jordan
moderated by Alice Quinn

5pm-5:50pm - Cathy Park Hong, Lawrence Joseph, Kevin Young
moderated by Rachel Zucker

6pm-7pm - Public Reception

7pm-8:15 - Reading

All events are free and open to the public, including the reception.

Co-sponsored by Barnard Forum on Poetry and Poetics; FSG; Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University; Poets House; and Writing Program, School of the Arts, Columbia University.

Barnard Hall
James Room
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027


Wednesday, Mar 4, 6:30pm

Queens, NY

Matthea Harvey

Matthea Harvey is the author of five books of poetry: If the Tabloids are True What Are You?, Of Lamb (an illustrated erasure with images by Amy Jean Porter), Modern Life (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book), Sad Little Breathing Machine, and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form. She has also published two children's books, Cecil the Pet Glacier, illustrated by Giselle Potter, and The Little General and the Giant Snowflake, illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence and lives in Brooklyn.

Conversation to follow the reading, moderated by Queens College MFA Program alumnus Peter Vanderberg.

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

Admission is free.

Queens College
Godwin Ternbach Museum
Klapper Hall


Saturday, Mar 7, 2:00pm

Bronx, NY

Deborah Landau

The 2015 Orchid Show will celebrate the beauty and diversity of orchids, which are found all over the world and have adapted to survive in a variety of climates and locations. The Orchid Show will evoke the multilayered, densely textured tropical forests of Asia and the Americas.

Award-winning poet Deborah Landau has curated a Poetry Walk for the Orchid Show, the winter exhibit at The New York Botanical Garden. Join us in this 250- acre public garden, one of New York's most magical places, for a reading of poems she has selected as well as her own work.

Deborah Landau is the author of The Last Usable Hour, a Lannan Literary Selection published by Copper Canyon Press, and Orchidelirium, which won the Anhinga Prize for Poetry. A third collection of poems, The Uses of the Body, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon in April 2015. Her work has appeared in The Paris ReviewTin HousePoetry, The New YorkerBoston ReviewThe Kenyon ReviewThe Best American Erotic PoemsThe Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. She teaches in and directs the Creative Writing Program at New York University.

Co-sponsored by the New York Botanical Garden.

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

For directions see www.nybg.org

New York Botanical Garden
Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road


Wednesday, Mar 11, 7:00pm

New York, NY

Tomasz Różycki and Matthew Rohrer, with Mira Rosenthal

The Poetry Society of America launches its 2015 series, A Celebration of International Poetry, in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute of New York.  The series will travel to six cities and focus on major international poets from any era, including Octavio Paz (Mexico), Alda Merini (Italy), Li Po (China), among others, as well as emerging poets from abroad.

This installment brings together two exciting contemporary voices from Poland and the United States for a bilingual reading. Tomasz Różycki is the leading poet of Poland's younger generation, now making a name for himself in America through Mira Rosenthal's acclaimed translations. Różycki and Rosenthal will be joined by the American poet Matthew Rohrer, whose book Green Light was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize. The event will feature readings of Różycki and Rohrer's poetry, followed by a conversation about their role as young voices in the world of contemporary poetry, as well as the challenges of poetry in translation and bringing international poetry to American audiences.

Co-presented by the Kosciuszko Foundation and the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

15 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065


Thursday, Mar 12, 7:00pm

New York, NY

Ron Padgett, with Alice Quinn

Ron Padgett's How Long was a 2012 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Poetry and his Collected Poems received the 2014 L.A. Times Best Book of Poetry prize. 2015 will see the publication of his new collection, Alone and Not Alone, and a book of translations, Zone: Selected Poems of Guillaume Apollinaire.

Co-Sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program.

Admission is free.

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


Monday, Mar 16, 7:30pm

Washington, DC

Adam Zagajewski and Clare Cavanagh, with Edward Hirsch

The Poetry Society of America continues its 2015 national series, A Celebration of International Poetry, at the historic Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.  The series will travel to six cities and focus on major international poets from any era, including Octavio Paz (Mexico), Alda Merini (Italy), Li Po (China), among others, as well as emerging poets from abroad.

In this first installment, we will celebrate the work of Polish-born Adam Zagajewski in a bi-lingual reading of his work by the poet himself and his translator Clare Cavanagh. The reading will be followed by a conversation on Zagajewski's and Cavanagh's poetry and translations, as well as contemporary Polish literature, moderated by Edward Hirsch, poet, critic, and President of the Guggenheim Foundation.

Co-sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library.

201 East Capitol Street Southeast
Washington, DC 20003


Wednesday, Mar 18, 7:00pm

New York, NY

Cathy Linh Che & James Allen Hall

Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split (Alice James, 2014), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize, a Publishers Weekly Pick, and a Library Journal eagerly anticipated book. She has received awards from Poets House, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Jerome Foundation, and her work has been published by the Academy of American Poets, Poets & Writers, and on the Best American Poetry blog. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

James Allen Hall's Now You're the Enemy won awards from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Texas Institute of Letters, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers.  His lyric essays and poetry have recently appeared in Best American Poetry 2012, New England Review, American Poetry Review, Story Quarterly, and AGNI.  The recipient of poetry fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, he is an associate professor of English at Washington College in Maryland. 

Admission is free.

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street


Thursday, Mar 26, 7:30pm

New Orleans, LA

Kevin Young, with Peter Cooley

Kevin Young is the author of Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad RebelsDear DarknessFor the Confederate Dead; Book of Hours; and the "film noir in verse" Black Maria. Young was a 1993 Nation Poetry Series winner for Most Way Home, a finalist for the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets for To Repel Ghosts: Five Sides in B Minor, a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Jelly Roll: A Blues. Young is also the author of a non-fiction book, The Grey Album, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and the 2013 PEN Open Book Award. He is the editor of several collections, most recently The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton, 1965-2010 and The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink. Young is currently Charles Howard Candler Professor of Creative Writing and English, and curator of Literary Collections at the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University.

Co-Sponsored by Tulane University

Admission is free. Reception to follow.

Tulane University
Stone Auditorium
Woldenberg Art Center


Monday, Mar 30, 7:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Tracy K. Smith, with Charif Shanahan

At this special edition of the Greenlight Poetry Salon, co-sponsored by the Poetry Society of America, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith will read from her new memoir Ordinary Light and discuss the pleasures and challenges of moving into memoir-writing as a poet, as well as her evolving identity as a writer.

Tracy K. Smith is the author of three books of poetry. Her most recent collection, Life on Mars, won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. Duende won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. The Body's Question was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers Award in 2004 and a Whiting Award in 2005. In 2015, her memoir, Ordinary Light, will be released by Knopf.

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217


Thursday, Apr 2, 7:30pm

New York, NY


Come celebrate the 12th Anniversary of the PSA Chapbook Fellowship with readings by 2015 Chapbook Fellows HL Hazuka, Max Ritvo, Eva Maria Saavedra, and Callie Siskel, alongside this year's poet-judges Elizabeth Alexander, Forrest Gander, Marilyn Hacker, and Jean Valentine. 

Co-sponsored by the Thirteenth Street Repertory Theatre

50 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011


Thursday, Apr 16, 7:00pm

New York, NY


The evening will honor our 2015 Frost Medalist Kamau Braithwaite and our 2015 Shelley Memorial Award winner D.A. Powell, and celebrate the winners of our Annual Awards with readings by Sandra Meek, Dean Rader,  Brynne Rebele-Henry, Bridget Lowe , James Richardson, Karen Skolfield, Cathy Linh Che, and Jennifer Moxley.     

Admission is free. 

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


Monday, Apr 20, 7:00pm

New York, NY

Mark Bibbins & Morgan Parker

Mark Bibbins is the author of three books of poems, most recently, They Don't Kill You Because They're Hungry, They Kill You Because They're Full, which was published by Copper Canyon Press and named one of the best books of 2014 by Publishers Weekly. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New YorkerPoetry, and the New York Times. He teaches in the graduate writing programs at The New School and Columbia University, and at the 92nd Street Y.

Morgan Parker is the author of Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books 2015), selected by Eileen Myles for the 2013 Gatewood Prize, and There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (Coconut Books 2016). Her poetry and essays have been featured in numerous publications as well as anthologized in Why I Am Not a Painter (Argos Books) and The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (forthcoming, Haymarket Books). A Cave Canem fellow and poetry editor for Coconut Magazine, she also contributes writing to Weird Sister and co-curates the Poets With Attitude (PWA) reading series with Tommy Pico. She lives in Brooklyn and at www.morgan-parker.com.

Admission is free.

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street


Thursday, Apr 23

New York, NY


In celebration of National Poetry Month, the PSA presents Poetry in Motion: The Poet Is In in partnership with the MTA Arts & Design. The program was inspired by New York State Poet Laureate Marie Howe, Arts & Design's de facto Poet in Residence, who is dedicated to bringing poetry to everyone in the metropolitan area.

Free and open to the public, the celebration takes place in the new Fulton Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

The Poet is Inan array of award-winning poets, including NY State Poet Laureate Marie Howe, Pulitzer Prize-winner Sharon Olds, and Bob Holman, founder of the Bowery Poetry Café, will sit in a booth (inspired by Lucy's booth from the Peanuts comic strip) and write poems for those who request one;


Music Under New York: A variety of musicians from the MUSIC program will perform throughout the day including:

  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.   Luellen Abdoo, violinist
  • 1-3 p.m.               Shogo Kubo, guitarist
  • 3-5 p.m.               Robert Anderson Jazz Duo, bass & saxophone
  • 5-7 p.m.               Salieu Suso, kora

Fulton Center
200 Broadway (enter at Fulton Street)
NY NY 10038


Saturday, Apr 25, 11:30am

Lake Balboa, CA

with Luis Rodriquez, Eloise Klein Healy, William Archila, and Lewis MacAdams

In addition to a reading by renowned Los Angeles poets, the event features a variety of activities for adults and children (ages 6 and up) including a walking tour of the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve led by Lewis MacAdams, poet and Co-founder/President of Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR), and urban ecologist/educator/designer Kat Superfisky; art, poetry writing activities, and refreshments for children (ages 6 and up), sponsored by Red Hen Press; and a pop-up picnic: Bring your own picnic basket and enjoy a lovely luncheon in the idyllic setting of the Sepulveda Basin Park.

The LA River Poetry Reading has been made possible by Play the LA River (PLAR), and through the support of Red Hen Press and The Poetry Society of America.

All events begin at The Amphitheatre located within the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve.

The event is free and open to the public.

Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve
6339 Woodley Avenue
Lake Balboa, CA 91406 


Tuesday, Apr 28, 4:00pm

Los Angeles, CA

with Kate Gale, Eloise Klein Healey, Robin Coste Lewis, and Luis Rodriguez

The PSA joins Los Angeles Metro, our partner in Poetry in Motion/LA™, for a celebration of National Poetry Month, featuring new LA Poetry in Motion poets Kate Gale and Robin Coste Lewis, as well as Eloise Klein Healey and Poet Laureate of Los Angeles Luis Rodriguez.

Co-sponsored by Metro Art at LA Metro,  as part of  Metro Presentswhich showcases free arts and cultural programs at historic Union Station.

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


Tuesday, Apr 28, 7:00pm

New York, NY

with Rickey Laurentiis, Cate Marvin, Sharon Olds, Matthew Rohrer, Danez Smith, and Wendy Xu

The PSA joins Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in hosting a poetry bash for National Poetry Month, with support from media sponsors Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem Poets, and Wave Books. Readings by Rickey Laurentiis, Cate Marvin, Sharon Olds, Matthew Rohrer, Danez Smith, and Wendy Xu

Co-presented with Housing Works Bookstore Cafe.  Co-sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem Foundation, and Wave Books.

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012


Thursday, Apr 30, 7:00pm

New York, NY

Dorothea Lasky, with Deborah Landau

Dorothea Lasky is the author of four books of poetry, most recently ROME (W.W. Norton/Liveright, 2014), as well as Thunderbird, Black Life, AWE, all out from Wave Books. She is the co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney's, 2013) and several chapbooks, including Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia University's School of the Arts and lives in New York City.

Co-Sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program.

Admission is free.

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


Thursday, May 7, 7:00pm

New York, NY

Yona Harvey and Afaa Weaver, with Safia Jama

Yona Harvey is a literary artist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the author of the poetry collection, Hemming the Water (Four Way Books: New York), which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award from Claremont Graduate University.  She is also the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant in literary nonfiction from The Pittsburgh Foundation.   Her poems can be found in jubilat, Gulf Coast, Callaloo, West Branch, and various journals and anthologies, including A Poet's Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry (Ed. Annie Finch). She lives in Pennsylvania, where she is Assistant Professor in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Afaa Michael Weaver is the author of 14 collections of poetry, most recently City of Eternal Spring. His 12th collection, The Government of Nature, won the 2014 Kingsley Tufts Award. His other honors include three Pushcart prizes in poetry, NEA and Pew fellowships, and a Fulbright appointment in 2002 to teach in Taiwan. Also a playwright, he received the PDI Award (1993), and his new play is GRIP. Afaa works in contemporary Chinese poetry as a translator and teaches at Simmons College and in the Drew University MFA program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation.  His websites: plumflowertrilogy.org  &  afaaweaver.net

Co-Sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program.

Admission is free.

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


Tuesday, May 12, 7:30pm

New York, NY


Please join us as we celebrate the life and work of poet Galway Kinnell (1927-2014), with Toi Derricotte, Mark Doty, Jonathan Safran Foer, Robert Hass, Edward HirschMarie HoweMajor Jackson, Yusef KomunyakaaMirah KozodoySharon OldsMyra ShapiroGerald Stern, and C.K. Williams.

Co-sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem Foundation, NYU's Creative Writing Program, and Poets House.

The event is wheelchair accessible. 

The Great Hall
Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street


Wednesday, May 13, 7:00pm

Los Angeles, CA

William Archila, Lory Bedikian, and Fady Joudah
with Charif Shanahan

William Archila is the author of The Art of Exile (Bilingual Review Press, 2009), which won an International Latino Book Award in 2010 and was honored with an Emerging Writer Fellowship Award by The Writer's Center in Bethesda, MD. He has been published in AGNI, American Poetry Review, Notre Dame Review, Crab Orchard Review, and The Georgia Review, among others.  His second book, The Gravedigger's Archaeology (Red Hen Press, forthcoming), recently won the 2015 Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize. 

Lory Bedikian is the author of The Book of Lamenting, winner of the the 2010 Philip Levine Prize in Poetry and finalist in both the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition and the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award Competition. She has received grants from the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial fund as well as from AFFMA: Arpa Film Foundation for Music & Art. Her poems have been published in the Connecticut Review, Poetry International, Poet Lore, Heliotrope, and The Portland Review among other journals, have been included in Blue Arc West: An Anthology of California Poets. She currently teaches poetry workshops in Los Angeles.

Fady Joudah's poetry collections and translations have earned him a Yale Series prize, a Guggenheim fellowship and a Griffin International prize among others. His latest translation is Petra: the Concealed Rose. His most recent poetry collections from Copper Canyon Press are Alight and Textu. Textu is a palm-size book-long sequence of short poems composed originally on cell phone and are governed by a meter of character count. Each poem or section of poem in Textu is exactly 160 characters long. He is a practicing physician and lives in Houston.

Co-sponsored by Boston Court and Red Hen Press.

Boston Court, 70 North Mentor Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106


Thursday, May 14, 7:00pm

Los Angeles, CA

Red Hen Press & the PSA at the ROSEGALLERY
William Archila, Kim Dower, Fady Joudah, and Amy Uyematsu

The Poetry Society of America teams up with Red Hen Press to present an evening of powerful art—both visual and aural—at Santa Monica's internationally renowned ROSEGALLERY. Poets William Archila, Kim Dower, Fady Joudah, and Amy Uyematsu explore life, culture, and loss in the Los Angeles landscape and beyond. 

Admission is free and open to the public.

Bergamot Station Arts Center
2525 Michigan Ave, G-5
Santa Monica, CA 90404


Saturday, May 16, 3:00pm


Los Angeles poet and writer Wanda Coleman (1946 – 2013) was the author of twenty books, most recently The World Falls Away and, with Austin Straus, The Love Project: A Marriage Made in Poetry. Considered the "Unofficial Poet Laureate of Los Angeles," Coleman was active across the city's artistic scenes as a poet, performer, and singer, devoted to themes of racism and the female experience.

Please join us as we remember Wanda Coleman's life and work.  Welcomed by Coleman's widower Austin Straus, distinguished contemporary poets Mahogany L. Browne, Steve Cannon, Cornelius Eady, Bob Holman, Tyehimba Jess, Patricia Spears Jones, Julie Patton, and Quincy Troupe will read a selection of Wanda's poems and discuss her impact on their lives and work.

 Co-sponsored by Poets House.

Poets House
1o River Terrace


Tuesday, Jul 7, 6:30pm

Santa Monica, CA

Mahogany Browne, Brynn Saito, and Richard Siken

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

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

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

Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway


Thursday, Jul 9, 7:00pm

Chicago, IL


The Poetry Society of America continues its 2015 national series, A Celebration of International Poetry, at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago.  The series will travel to six cities and focus on major international poets from any era, including Octavio Paz (Mexico), Alda Merini (Italy), Li Po (China), among many others.

In this third installment, we will celebrate several emerging poets from Africa, Amy Lukau, Tsitsi Jaji, Ladan Osman, Viola Allo, and Warsan Shire, whose work has been recently published in the New Generation African Poets chapbook series, a publishing intiative of the African Poetry Book Fund (APBF). Co-editors Chris Abani and Kwame Dawes, along with APBF Editorial Board Member Matthew Shenoda, will discuss the project and introduce the emerging poets, who will then read from their work. 

Co-sponsored by the Poetry Foundation. 

 61 W Superior St
Chicago, IL 60654


Thursday, Jul 9, 7:00pm

San Francisco, CA


The Poetry Society of America continues its 2015 series, A Celebration of International Poetry, in collaboration with the American Bookbinders Museum in San Francisco.  

This installment features poet, journalist, and translator Eliza Griswold who will read from and discuss her book I am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan. The event will feature readings of the original landays, as well as Griswold's translations, followed by a conversation with the translator about the significance of landays in contemporary Afghanistan, as literary objects and political tools of resistance, as well as the challenges of poetry in translation and bringing international poetry to American audiences.

Co-presented by the American Bookbinders Museum.

355 Clementina St
San Francisco, CA  94107


Tuesday, Jul 14, 7:00pm

New York, NY

PSA PRESENTS AT THE BRYANT PARK READING ROOM with Abdul Ali, Patricia Smith, and Caroline Randall Williams

Abdul Ali is the author of Trouble Sleeping (Winner of the 2014 New Issues Poetry Prize). He has received grants, awards, and fellowships from The DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities, American University, College Language Association, and the Mt. Vernon Poetry Festival at George Washington University. He will join the English faculty at The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, MD this fall.

Patricia Smith is the author of six critically-acknowledged volumes of poetry, including Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, which was awarded the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress, was the winner of the 2013 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy American Poets, and was a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America; Blood Dazzler, a National Book Award finalist; Teahouse of the Almighty, a National Poetry Series winner (all from Coffee House Press); Close to Death and Big Towns, Big Talk (both from Zoland Books), and Life According to Motown, just released in a special 20th anniversary edition (Tia Chucha Press). She is a Cave Canem faculty member, a professor of English at CUNY/College of Staten Island and a faculty member of the Sierra Nevada MFA program.

Caroline Randall Williams
 is an award-winning poet, young adult novelist and cookbook author, chosen by Southern Living as one of "50 People Changing the South in 2015." In the Fall, she will assume her position as a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at West Virginia University. Her first collection of poetry, Lucy Negro Redux, came out with Ampersand Books in June of 2015.

Co-sponsored by the Bryant Park Reading Room. 

1065 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY