Spring 2015

National Events


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


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


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


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


Tuesday, Jul 7, 6:30pm

Santa Monica, CA

Mahogany Browne, Dean Kostos, 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