Fall 2014

National Events


Saturday, Jan 18, 5:00pm

Los Angeles, CA


Celebrating the work of the beloved and distinguished Los Angeles poet, with readings by Stephen Kessler, Ron Koertge, Laurel Ann Bogen, Charles Harper Webb, Terrance Hayes,  Douglas Kearney, Michael Datcher, Suzanne Lummis, Sesshu Foster, Jack and Adelle Foley, Will Alexander, Cecilia Woloch, Robin Coste Lewis, and Austin Straus.

Co-Sponsored by Red Hen Press and ALOUD at Central Library

Admission is free.

Los Angeles Central Library
Mark Taper Auditorium
630 W. Fifth Street


Thursday, Feb 13, 7:30pm

New Orleans, LA

Roger Sedarat with Peter Cooley

Roger Sedarat is the author of Dear Regime: Letters to the Islamic Republic, which won Ohio University Press's Hollis Summers' Prize, and Ghazal Games (Ohio UP, 2011). He teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Queens College, City University of New York. He also teaches and writes on 19th and 20th century American literature and Middle Eastern-American literature.

Co-Sponsored by Tulane University

Admission is free. Reception to follow.

Tulane University
Freeman Auditorium
Woldenberg Art Center


Thursday, Feb 27, 4:30pm

Seattle, WA

with Elizabeth Alexander & Frank Bidart,
moderated by Alice Quinn

Elizabeth Alexander is the author of Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010 (Graywolf Press, 2010), American Sublime (2005), Antebellum Dream Book (2001), Body of Life (1996), and The Venus Hottentot (1990). She has received the Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John S. Guggenheim Foundation.  She was President Barack Obama's first Inaugural Poet.

Frank Bidart is the author of  numerous books of poetry including Metaphysical Dog (2013), nominated for the National book Award,  In the Western Night: Collected Poems 1965-90 (1990), Desire (1997), Music Like Dirt (2002), Star Dust (2005), Watching the Spring Festival (2008), and, most recentl,y Metaphysical Dog (2013). He co-edited Robert Lowell's Collected Poems (2003) with David Gewanter, and his chapbook, Music Like Dirt, is the only chapbook to be nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Since 1972, he has taught at Wellesley College.

Washington State Convention Center
800 Convention Place


Thu-Fri, Mar 20-21

Boston, MA

with Sonia Sanchez, Robert Pinsky, Lucie Brock-Broido, Jericho Brown, Marie Howe, Vijay Seshadri, Jane Shore, Henri Cole, CD Wright, Afaa Weaver, Colette Inez, and Franz Wright.

The PSA 2014 national series The Voices of Women in American Poetry celebrates the immense achievement of a wide range of poets, from Phillis Wheatley and Anne Bradstreet to Adrienne Rich and Lucille Clifton.  Distinguished contemporary poets--both male and female--will gather in five cities around the country to discuss an important female predecessor and her influence on their life and work. 


Thursday Evening - March 20
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm     
Kick off event: The Landscape Listens: Readings with Lucie Brock-Broido, Jericho Brown, Marie Howe, Sonia Sanchez, Vijay Seshadri, Afaa Michael Weaver, C.D. Wright


Friday Afternoon - March 21

Panel One on Friday at 1 PM:
Jericho Brown on Ai
Marie Howe on Jane Kenyon
Afaa Michael Weaver on Lucille Clifton
C.D.Wright on Besmilr Moore Brigham

Panel Two on Friday at 2 PM:
Lucie Brock-Broido on Emily Dickinson
Henri Cole on Sylvia Plath
Colette Inez on Emma Lazarus
Franz Wright on Marguerite Young

Panel Three on Friday at 3 PM:
Robert Pinsky on Louise Bogan
Sonia Sanchez on Gwendolyn Brooks
Vijay Seshadri on Adrienne Rich
Jane Shore on Elizabeth Bishop


Friday Evening - March 21
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm     
Public reception 

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm      
The Landscape Listens: Readings 
with Lucie Brock-Broido, Jericho Brown, Henri Cole, Colette Inez, Marie Howe, Robert Pinsky, Sonia Sanchez, Vijay Seshadri, Jane Shore, Afaa Michael Weaver, C.D. Wright, Franz Wright

Metcalf Ballroom
George Sherman Union
775 Commonwealth Avenue, Second Floor
Boston, Massachusetts  02215 


Monday, Mar 24, 5:30pm

Washington DC

with Hailey Leithauser & Shara McCallum

The second installment in our 2014 national series celebrating the poetic achievements of American women.

Hailey Leithauser is the author of Swoop (2013), which won the Poetry Foundation's Emily Dickinson First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in many excellent journals, including Poetry, Agni Online,  Crazyhorse, the Gettysburg Review, and the Iowa Review, as well as Best American Poetry (2007). She is the recipient of the Discovery/The Nation Prize and an Individual Artist's Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Shara McCallum is the author of Song of Thieves (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003) and The Water Between Us (1999), winner of the 1998 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. Her poems have appeared in The Antioch Review, Chelsea, The Iowa Review, and Verse. She is the recipient of a Tennessee Individual Artist Grant in Literature and a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund.

Co-sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Folger Elizabethan Theatre
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE  


Thursday, Apr 24, 7:00pm

Los Angeles, CA

with Toi Derricotte, Marilyn Chin, and Percival Everett

The PSA's 2014 National Series pays tribute to the immense achievement of a wide range of poets, from Phillis Wheatley to Adrienne Rich, Ai, June Jordan, and Wanda Coleman.

Toi Derricotte
is the author of many books of poems, including The Undertaker's Daughter (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011) and Tender (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997), which won the 1998 Paterson Poetry Prize; Captivity (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1989). She was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2012. She is currently a Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh

Marilyn Chin is the author of Rhapsody in Plain Yellow (W.W. Norton & Co., 2002); The Phoenix Gone, The Terrace Empty (1994); and Dwarf Bamboo (1987). Chin has won awards from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has received a Stegner Fellowship, the PEN/Josephine Miles Award, four Pushcart Prizes, the Paterson Prize, and a Fulbright Fellowship to Taiwan.

Percival Everett is the author of re:f (2006) and Swimming Swimmers Swimming (2010). Among his awards and honors are the PEN Center USA Award, Academy Award in Literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New American Writing Award, and PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award. He also received an honorary Doctorate in 2008 from the College of Santa Fe.

Co-Sponsored by ALOUD at Central Library

Admission is free.

Los Angeles Central Library
Mark Taper Auditorium
630 W. Fifth Street


Tuesday, Apr 29, 7:00pm

Pasadena, CA


Ron Koertge is the author of Indigo (2009), Fever (2006), and Making Love to Roget's Wife (1997). His novels and novels-in-verse for young readers include Shakespeare Bats Cleanup (2006), The Brimstone Journals (2004), and Stoner & Spaz (2004). He is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a California Arts Council grant.

Robin Coste Lewis is a Provost's Fellow in English and Visual Studies at the University of Southern California, where she is working on the history of photography and poetry.  A Cave Canem Fellow, she received her MFA from New York University's Creative Writing Program where she was a Goldwater Fellow in poetry.  She also holds a Master's of Theological Studies degree in Sanskrit and comparative religious literature from Harvard University's Divinity School. She was a finalist for the International War Poetry Prize, the National Rita Dove Prize, and semi-finalist for the "Discovery"/Boston Review Prize and the Crab Orchard Series Open Poetry Prize.  She has taught at Wheaton College, Hunter College, Hampshire College and the NYU Low-Residency MFA in Paris. Born in Compton, California, her family is from New Orleans.

Co-Sponsored by Red Hen Press.

Boston Court
70 North Mentor Avenue



Thursday, Jun 19, 7:00pm

Chicago, IL

THE VOICE OF WOMEN IN AMERICAN POETRY, with Stuart Dybek, Calvin Forbes, Susan Hahn, Joy Harjo, and Parneshia Jones

The PSA's 2014 National Series pays tribute to the immense achievement of a wide range of poets, from Phillis Wheatley to Adrienne Rich, Ai, June Jordan, and Wanda Coleman. In this Chicago installment, acclaimed poets Stuart Dybek, Calvin Forbes, Susan Hahn, Joy Harjo, and Parneshia Jones will discuss poets who have influenced and shaped their literary lives. 

Co-presented with the Poetry Foundation

Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654 

Tuesday, Jul 29, 6:30pm

Santa Monica, CA

Dave Mason, Andrea Scarpino, and Garrett Hongo, with Alice Quinn

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