Fall 2014

National Events


Thursday, Sep 18, 7:00pm

Pasadena, CA

with Cyrus Cassells, Carol Muske-Dukes, and Maggie Nelson

The PSA's 2014 National Series pays tribute to the immense achievement of a wide range of poets, from Emily Dickinson and Emma Lazarus to Sylvia Plath, Gwendolyn Brooks, Adrienne Rich, and Wanda Coleman. In this Pasadena installment, distinguished contemporary poets will celebrate the lives and poetry of three 20th century figures, discussing their influence and reading poems of their own in tribute:

Cyrus Cassells on Ai
Carol Muske-Dukes on Ina Coolbrith
Maggie Nelson on on Eileen Myles

Cyrus Cassells is the author of The Crossed-Out Swastika (Copper Canyon Press, 2012); More Than Peace and Cypresses (2004); Beautiful Signor (1997), which won the Lambda Literary Award; Soul Make a Path Through Shouting (1994), which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and received the PSA's William Carlos Williams Award; and The Mud Actor (1982), which was a National Poetry Series selection. He teaches poetry at the Texas State University-San Marcos.

Carol Muske-Dukes is the author of eight books of poems, four novels, two collections of essays (including I Married the Icepick Killer: a Poet in Hollywood) and the editor of anthologies, including Crossing State Lines: an American Renga, with co-editor Bob Holman.  Former Poet Laureate of California, Muske-Dukes is a professor of English/Creative Writing at USC, where she founded the PhD program in Creative Writing/Literature, and also serves as the poetry critic for the LA Times. She's been awarded a Guggenheim, an NEA grant, the di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, and a Library of Congress Award. Seven of her books were just re-published as electronic books by Open Road Media in June of 2014. She is bi-coastal.

Maggie Nelson is the author of nine books of poetry and prose. Her nonfiction titles include The Argonauts (forthcoming, May 2015), The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (2011; named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), Bluets (2009), The Red Parts: A Memoir (2007), and Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (2007). Her poetry titles include Something Bright, Then Holes (2007) and Jane: A Murder (2005; finalist for the PEN/ Martha Albrand Art of the Memoir). She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA grant, and an Arts Writers Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation. Since 2005 she has taught on the faculty of the the School of Critical Studies at CalArts. She lives in Los Angeles.

Admission is free.

The event is preceded by a public reception at 6pm.

Co-sponsored by the Pasadena Central Library.

Pasadena Central Library Auditorium
285 E. Walnut St.
Pasadena, CA


Monday, Dec 8, 7:30pm

Washington DC

Rafael Campo on Emily Dickinson
Introduction and conversation
moderated by Charif Shanahan

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

Reception to follow featuring Dickinson's beloved black cake.

Co-sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library.

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

For more information or visit www.folger.edu/poetry

Folger Theatre
Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE