Spring 2017

National Events

 

Friday, Feb 10, 1:30pm

Washington, DC

A Tribute to Marie Ponsot at AWP

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

Washington Convention Center
Level Two, Room 209 ABC

 
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Friday, Feb 10, 8:30pm

Washington, DC

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

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

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

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

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

Washington Convention Center
Level Three, Ballroom A

 
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Friday, Feb 17, 7:00pm

Mill Valley, CA

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

The Poetry Society of America's current national series, Poetry and the Natural World, will travel to five cities and focus on poems and poets from any era that are in conversation with, or are inspired by, nature. In this third installment, we'll hear from Jane Hirshfield and Robert Pinsky. A conversation moderated by Alice Quinn, PSA's Executive Director, will follow the readings.

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

Admission is free.

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

 
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Monday, Mar 13, 7:00pm

New Orleans, LA

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

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

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

Admission is free. Reception to follow.

Tulane University
Stone Auditorium
Woldenberg Art Center

 
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Tuesday, May 23, 6:30pm

Santa Monica, CA

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

The Poetry Society of America's current national series, Poetry and the Natural World, will travel to five cities and focus on poems and poets from any era that are in conversation with, or are inspired by, nature. In this fourth installment, Harryette Mullen will read a selection of tanka and haiku. A painter will respond in real-time. 

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

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

Admission is free.

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