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


Friday, Feb 10, 8:30pm

Washington, DC

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


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, is travelling to five cities with a 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 former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, who will be joined by Michael Wall, Co-director of Litigation at the National Resources Defense Council. Their readings and presentations will be followed by a conversation moderated by PSA's Executive Director Alice Quinn.

Jane Hirshfield's most recent, eighth book of poetry is The Beauty (Knopf, 2015), long-listed for the National Book Award and named a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. Her new book of essays, Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (Knopf, 2015), received the Northern California Book AwardPrevious honors include the California Book Award and the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the Academy of American Poets, and the National Endowment for the Arts. A long-time resident of Mill Valley, Hirshfield has taught at Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley, and elsewhere, and presents her work regularly at poetry festivals and universities both in the U.S. and world wide. In 2012 she was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Robert Pinsky's new book of poems, At the Foundling Hospital, was published last December by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. As Poet Laureate of the United States (1997-2000), he founded the Favorite Poem Project. His best-selling translation The Inferno of Dante was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Award in Poetry and the Harold Morton Landon translation prize. His other awards include the Lenore Marshall Prize, the Korean Manhae Prize, the Italian Premio Capri and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pen American Center. He performs with pianist Laurence Hobgood on the spoken word CDs PoemJazz and House Hour, from Circumstantial Productions, and is a William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor at Boston University.

Michael Wall is Co-director of Litigation at the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). He litigates major cases to prevent pollution, protect public health and the environment, and preserve the rights of all Americans to seek justice in the courts. Among other cases, he has led the plaintiffs' trial teams in lawsuits that reshaped federal and state water project operations in California's Central Valley. 

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


Monday, Mar 13, 7:00pm

New Orleans, LA

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


Thursday, Mar 23, 7:00pm

San Francisco, CA

SYRIA | Because We Come From Everything: The Poetics of Migration

The Poetry Society of America and City Lights Bookstore present a poetry reading and discussion as part of the Poetry Coalition's 2017 programming. Poets Jack Marshall and Jack Hirschman will share poetry by themselves and others, and will be joined by journalist Jonathan Curiel, who will discuss his experiences in Syria.

Jonathan Curiel is a San Francisco-based writer and journalist who has written widely about the Middle East, and has reported from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt. His 2008 book, Al' America: Travels Through America's Arab and Islamic Roots won an American Book Award. He has been a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program fellow, a Thomson Reuters Foundation fellow at Oxford University, and a Fulbright Scholar at Punjab University in Lahore, Pakistan. A former staff writer with the San Francisco Chronicle, he has written about the arts for SF Weekly since 2010.

Jack Hirschman is the former Poet Laureate of the City of San Francisco, a poet's poet, translator, and editor. His powerfully eloquent voice set the tone for political poetry in this country many years ago. Since leaving a teaching career in the '60s, Hirschman has taken the free exchange of poetry and politics into the streets where he is, in the words of poet Luke Breit, "America's most important living poet." He is the author of numerous books of poetry, plus some 45 translations from a half a dozen languages, as well as the editor of anthologies and journals. Among his many volumes of poetry are Endless ThresholdThe Xibalba Arcane, and Lyripol (City Lights, 1976).

Born in Brooklyn to Jewish parents who emigrated from Iraq and Syria, Jack Marshall now lives in California. He is the author of the memoir From Baghdad to Brooklyn and several poetry collections that have received the PEN Center USA Award, two Northern California Book Awards, and a nomination from the National Book Critics Circle. His most recent book is Fugitive: In Full View (Coffee House Press, 2017).

Admission is free.

City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133 


Friday, Apr 28, 4:00pm

Los Angeles, CA

Union Station Waiting Room

Part of our long-standing partnership with Metro Art LA, we are thrilled to present legendary Los Angeles performance poet, Kamau Daáood. Co-founder of the World Stage Performance Gallery, Daáood has spent decades engaged with audiences locally, nationally and internationally. The award winning, critically acclaimed poet's cascading images, and syncopated flow, likened to improvised music aimed at truth telling and healing is what we have come to expect from his performances. The author and recording artist has been referred to as the word musician due to his electrifying performance style. He will be joined by an amazing group of youthful poets and musicians.  Kamau is happy to have the amazing musician, keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe as musical director for this event.

Admission is free.

Union Station
800 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012


Sunday, May 7, 2:30pm

Salem, MA

PSA 2016 NATIONAL SERIES: Poetry and the Natural World
with Louise Glück

The Poetry Society of America's current national series, Poetry and the Natural World, is travelling to five cities with a focus on poems and poets from any era that are in conversation with, or are inspired by, nature. In this fourth installment, we'll hear from Louise Glück.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Louise Glück is a former Poet Laureate of the United States and the author of a dozen widely acclaimed books, including her most recent collection, Faithful and Virtuous Night, which won the 2014 National Book Award for Poetry. Other honors and awards include a National Book Critics Circle Award, a Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, the M.I.T. Anniversary Medal, the Wallace Stevens Award, and the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In addition, she received the 2015 National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Glück taught at Williams College for 20 years and is currently Rosenkranz Writer-in-Residence at Yale University. She was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1999 – 2005, and she is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Her new book of essays, American Originality, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux in March.

Co-sponsored by Mass Poetry and the Poetry Society of America

Admission included with Massachusetts Poetry Festival button

Please check back for venue information.


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 fifth and final 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, a National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her honors include a United States Artist Fellowship, a 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


Tuesday, Jun 13, 6:30pm

Santa Monica, CA

Cynthia Hogue & David St. John

Cynthia Hogue has published nine collections of poetry, including the forthcoming In June the Labyrinth (Red Hen Press, 2017) and Revenance, listed as one of the 2014 "Standout" books by the Academy of American Poets. She has also published five books of prose, and her co-translation from the French with Sylvain Gallais of poet Virginie Lalucq and philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy (Omnidawn, 2012), won the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award. Among Hogue's other honors are an NEA Fellowship in poetry, the H.D. Fellowship at the Beinecke Library at Yale University, and the Witter Bynner Translation Fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute. She holds the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry at Arizona State University.

David St. John is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Study for the World's Body (1994), which was nominated for the National Book Award, and more recently the The Auroras (2012), The Window (2014), and The Last Troubadour: Selected and New Poems (2017). St. John is also the author of a volume of essays, interviews and reviews, Where the Angels Come Toward Us (1995) and is co-editor of American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry (2009). David St. John has written libretti for the opera, THE FACE, and for the choral symphony, THE SHORE. He lives in Venice Beach, California.

Co-sponsored by the Poetry Society of America and Red Hen Press

Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway