Thursday, Jan 18, 7:30pm

New York, NY

A Celebration of Derek Walcott

The 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center hosts an evening of readings to celebrate the work of Derek Walcott with Elizabeth Alexander, Hilton Als, Robert Antoni, Carolyn Forché, Lorna Goodison, Jamaica Kincaid, Karl Kirchwey, Yusef Komunyakaa, Wendell Manwarren, Glyn Maxwell, and Caryl Phillips.

"What better way is there to memorialize a writer than to read what he has written and remember who he was in all those worlds of words he was brave and confident enough to imagine in the first place?" These words from Hilton Als's remembrance of Derek Walcott, who died earlier this year, inspire this tribute to the poet, hailed "for a poetic oeuvre of great luminosity, sustained by a historical vision" when awarded the Nobel Prize in 1992.

Co-presented by the Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem Foundation, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Poets House and the Poetry Society of America.

Tickets can be purchased here.

92nd Street Y | Unterberg Poetry Center
Kaufman Concert Hall
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128

 
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Thursday, Jan 25, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION
Tyehimba Jess, with Alice Quinn

The New Salon series brings writers into an intimate setting to discuss the implications of their work and craft.

Tyehimba Jess is the author of two books of poetry, Leadbelly and Olio, which won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The Midland Society Author's Award in Poetry, and received an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. It was also nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN Jean Stein Book Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Leadbelly was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. Jess, a Cave Canem and NYU Alumni, received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004–2005 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Jess is also a veteran of the 2000 and 2001 Green Mill Poetry Slam Team, and won a 2000–2001 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, the 2001 Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award, and a 2006 Whiting Fellowship. He presented his poetry at the 2011 TedX Nashville Conference and won a 2016 Lannan Literary Award in Poetry. Jess is a Professor of English at College of Staten Island.  

Co-Sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program

Free and open to the public.

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
New York University
58 West 10th Street
New York, NY  10003

 
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Thursday, Feb 8, 2:00pm

New York, NY

La Bendición: A One-Day Celebration of Latinx-Caribbean Poetry in the United States

2:00-3:30 pm
Dark With Plural + Possibility
Writing Workshop with Aracelis Girmay
A generative poetry workshop inspired by the imaginative work/strategies of makers like Ntozake Shange, Mahmoud Darwish, Gioconda Belli, Martín Espada, H. Cixous, and Cornelius Eady

Those interested in participating should contact Allyson Paty at allyson.paty@nyu.edu.

4:00-5:15 pm
Literary Activism

A panel discussion with Sandra María Esteves, Noel Quiñones, Peggy Robles-Alvarado, and Charlie Vázquez, moderated by Deborah Paredez

5:30-6:45 pm
Emerging Poets Reading

Join Gallatin for a reading featuring Rio Cortez, Denice Frohman, Ricardo Maldonado, and Nicole Sealey, moderated by Urayoán Noel

7:00-8:30 pm
Keynote Reading

Poets Martín Espada and Aracelis Girmay will read, in an event moderated by Deborah Paredez

Co-presented by the Gallatin Writing Program, CantoMundo, and the Poetry Society of America, with support from the NYU Creative Writing Program

RSVP here.

The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Gallatin School of Individualized Study
New York University
1 Washington Pl
New York, NY 10003

Read contributions to In Their Own Words by La Bendición participants here

 
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Tuesday, Feb 13, 7:00pm

New York, NY

A Tribute to Thomas Lux

Join us in celebrating and honoring the life and work of the late Thomas Lux. Featuring readings and remembrances from Amber Tamblyn, Vijay Seshadri, Patrick Rosal, Mary Karr, Marie Howe, Edward Hirsch, Terrance Hayes, Linsey Abrams, and Billy Collins. The tribute will be introduced by Jeffrey McDaniel and include a poem set to music by Joan as Police Woman.

Co-sponsored by Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, Poets House, Sarah Lawrence College, Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, and the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Free and open to the public.

Elebash Recital Hall
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

 
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Thursday, Feb 15, 7:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Gwendolyn Brooks Centenary Tribute

A panel of poets, critics, and writers, including Cornelius EadyRashidah Ismaili, Quraysh Ali LansanaD. Nurkse, Camille Rankine, and Safiya Sinclair, celebrates the centenary of one of America's greatest poets.

Co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Public Library and the Poetry Society of America.

RSVP here.

Central Library, Dweck Center
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

 
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Thursday, Feb 22, 7:00pm

New York, NY

POETS SPEAK: Will Schutt and Peter Valente on Fabio Mauri

In conjunction with the exhibition 'Fabio Mauri. With Out.' Hauser & Wirth and the Poetry Society of America co-present a reading and talk with Will Schutt and Peter Valente on Mauri's work, the climate during his life, and on his two friends and sources of inspiration, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Edoardo Sanguineti.

Will Schutt is the author of Westerly, winner of the 2012 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. A graduate of Oberlin College and Hollins University, he is the recipient of fellowships from the James Merrill House and the Stadler Center for Poetry. His translations from Italian have appeared in Agni, Harvard Review, The Southern Review, and elsewhere.

Peter Valente is the author of A Boy Asleep Under the Sun: Versions of Sandro Penna, which was nominated for a Lambda award; The Artaud Variations; Let the Games Begin: Five Roman Writers: and The Catullus Versions. He is the translator of Blackout by Nanni Balestrini and Whatever the Name by Pierre Lepori, and co-translator of the chapbook, Selected Late Letters of Antonin Artaud, 1945-1947. In 2010, he turned to filmmaking and has completed 60 shorts to date, 24 of which were screened at Anthology Film Archives.

Free and open to the public.

Hauser & Wirth
22nd Street
548 West 22nd Street
New York 10011

 
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Thursday, Mar 1, 6:30pm

New York, NY

Poet in Spain by Federico García Lorca, New Translations by Sarah Arvio: A Celebration

Join us to celebrate the publication of Poet in Spain by Federico García Lorca, New Translations by Sarah Arvio (Knopf, 2017), called "riveting" by The New York Times and "triumphant" by BookPage. Participants Cyrus Cassells, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Nathalie Handal, Roberto MontesRowan Ricardo Phillips, and Philip Schultz will join Sarah Arvio to read from the collection and share reflections on the influence of this beloved poet.

Co-sponsored by the Poetry Society of America, Alfred A. Knopf, and The New School.

Free and open to the public.

The Auditorium, Room A106
Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
The New School
66 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011

 
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Thursday, Mar 22, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION
Kaveh Akbar, with Deborah Landau

The New Salon series brings writers into an intimate setting to discuss the implications of their work and craft.

Kaveh Akbar's debut full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, was published in 2017 with Alice James in the US and Penguin in the UK, and his chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, was published by Sibling Rivalry Press. Kaveh founded and edits Divedapper, a home for dialogues with the most vital voices in contemporary poetry. The recipient of a 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and currently lives and teaches in Florida.

Co-Sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program

Free and open to the public.

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
New York University
58 West 10th Street
New York, NY  10003

 
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Monday, Mar 26, 6:30pm

New York, NY

Women Poets of the Village Candlelight Reading at Cherry Lane Theater
Women's History Month at GVSHP

In 1924, a group of theater artists and the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay commissioned the conversion of a West Village box factory into the Cherry Lane Playhouse, home to some of the most groundbreaking moments of theater. It is from this stage that we'll gather by candlelight to celebrate the trailblazing women poets of the village including Millay, Emma Lazarus, Audre Lorde, Marianne Moore, Sonia Sanchez, Lola Ridge, Grace Paley, and many others. 

We will be joined by the incredible New York poets Stephanie Berger, April Bernard, Angelina Fiordellisi, Diana Goetsch, Marie Howe, Deborah Landau, Elizabeth Macklin, Terese Svoboda, and Kathleen Widdoes, who will offer up readings to uplift these women and change how we see the world around us. 

Co-sponsored by GVSHP, the Poetry Society of America, The New School Creative Writing Program, and The Poetry Brothel

Free. Reservations required. RSVP here.

Cherry Lane Theatre
38 Commerce Street
New York, NY 10014

 
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Tue-Wed, Mar 27-28

New York, NY

JAPANESE INTERNMENT: PUBLIC MEMORY AND CULTURAL PRODUCTION
A two-part event in conjunction with the Poetry Coalition 2018 theme, "Poetry and the Body"

In March 2018, the Poetry Coalition will launch Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body, its second annual programming initiative on a theme of social importance. Programs will include a range of events and publications that address issues including mass incarceration, transphobia, violence against people of color, and health and self-care.

Presented in collaboration by the International Center of Photography and the Poetry Society of America, in conjunction with the Poetry Coalition's "Poetry and the Body" theme, this two-part event  brings together artists, scholars, poets, and photographers who draw on the history of Japanese incarceration during WWII and its archival, material evidence in their innovative practices. The following presentations are in conjunction with the exhibition Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, on view at ICP Museum through May 6, 2018.

Mar 27: Reading and Conversation

Poet Kimiko Hahn introduces an in-gallery reading by poet Christine Kitano, followed by a conversation between Kitano and photographer Kevin Miyazaki, moderated by Tom Ikeda, Executive Director of Densho, an organization dedicated to acquiring, preserving and disseminating oral histories and other artifactual materials around the unjust incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII.

Free and open to the public.
Click here for admission info and tickets.

March 27, 6:30-8pm
International Center of Photography Museum
250 Bowery
New York, NY 10012

Mar 28: Performance and Panel

Julian Saporiti with Erin Aoyama present the immersive musical experience No-No Boy, followed by a presentation and discussion with poet Brandon Shimoda, photographer Paul Kitagaki, and scholar Bob Lee.

Free and open to the public.
Click here for admission info and tickets.

March 28, 6:30-8pm
International Center of Photography Museum
250 Bowery
New York, NY 10012

Co-sponsored by the Poetry Society of America, ICP, and the Poetry Coalition.

#PoetryCoalition #MyDreamingMyLoving 

Poet Bios

Kimiko Hahn is an American poet and distinguished professor in the MFA program of Queens College, CUNY. She earned a BA from the University of Iowa and an MA in Japanese literature from Columbia University. Hahn is the author of nine books of poetry, including The Artist's Daughter (2002), Toxic Flora (2010), and Brain Fever (2014). Hahn is the winner of the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, the American Book Award, and the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has also been award fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2016, Hahn was elected president of the Poetry Society of America.

Christine Kitano was born in Los Angeles, CA. Her mother is a first-generation immigrant from Korea, and her father is nisei (second-generation) Japanese American. Kitano earned an MFA in Creative Writing (poetry) from Syracuse University and a PhD in English and Creative Writing from Texas Tech University. She is an assistant professor at Ithaca College where she teaches creative writing, poetry, and Asian American literature. Research interests include 20th and 21st century American poetry, Asian American literature, immigrant poetry, and critical theory. She is the author of the poetry collections Sky Country (BOA Editions) and Birds of Paradise (Lynx House).

Brandon Shimoda is a poet. His most recent books are Evening Oracle (Letter Machine Editions), which received the 2016 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America; its sequel, The Desert (forthcoming from The Song Cave); and his first book of nonfiction, an ancestral memoir called The Grave on the Wall (forthcoming from City Lights). He lives, for now, in the desert.

 
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Tuesday, Apr 10, 7:00pm

New York, NY

108TH ANNUAL POETRY SOCIETY OF AMERICA AWARDS CEREMONY

The evening will honor our 2018 Frost Medalist, Ron Padgett, who will deliver the annual Frost Lecture, and celebrate the winners of our eleven other distinguished Annual Awards with readings by Jennifer Chang, Molly Spencer, Kevin Prufer, Victoria Chang, and Elizabeth Knapp.

Admission is free.

The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park
New York, NY 10003 

 
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Thursday, Apr 12, 7:30pm

New York, NY

Jeremy Irons reads T. S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets”

We shall not cease from exploration / And the end of all our exploring / Will be to arrive where we started / And know the place for the first time.

Seventy-five years after the publication of "Four Quartets"—and nearly seventy years since T. S. Eliot himself read from the poem in his Poetry Center debut—Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons returns to 92Y's stage to present the masterwork in its entirety. This special event coincides with the awarding of the inaugural Four Quartets Prize, presented by the T. S. Eliot Foundation in association with the Poetry Society of America, as well as the CD release of Irons reading all of Eliot's poems.

Jeremy Irons is an English actor. He has appeared in numerous West End theatre productions, including The Winter's TaleMacbethMuch Ado About Nothing, and The Taming of the Shrew. He received a Tony Award for Best Actor in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing. Irons has played major roles in many films, including The French Lieutenant's Woman, for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor, and Dead Ringers, for which he wont an Academy Award for Best Actor. He has also received a Golden Globe and an Emmy for his roles on TV.

Co-sponsored by the Unterberg Poetry Center and the Poetry Society of America.

Tickets from $34. Reserve here.

Kaufmann Concert Hall
1395 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10128

 
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Tuesday, Apr 17, 6:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Celebrating 25 Years of Poetry in Motion® at the New York Transit Museum

Poetry in Motion® has placed poetry to New York City's transit system for more than 25 years, starting with an excerpt from Walt Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" in 1992 and growing to include more than 200 poems to be seen by millions of subway and bus riders every day. Each of the poems has, in sixteen lines or less, the power to enliven the quotidian, provide nourishment for the soul, and enchant even the youngest among us. Join the Poetry Society of America, MTA Arts & Design, and the New York Transit Museum to reflect on the last quarter-century and to celebrate The Best of Poetry in Motion, an anniversary anthology of 100 poems from the program.

The evening will include live music; archival photos; readings by featured poets Marilyn Nelson and Nathalie Handal; readings of poems from the anthology by poetry prize-winning Harlem Academy graduates Adonis BeckfordEssence Deras, and AJ Walker; and a conversation between Nelson, Handal, featured artists Philemona Williamson and Raúl Colón, moderated by Alice Quinn, Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America, and Sandra Bloodworth, Director of MTA Arts & Design.

All audience members will receive a MetroCard with a Poetry in Motion® poem printed on the back. Those who purchase a copy of The Best of Poetry in Motion will receive a MetroCard signed by Marilyn Nelson featuring her poem "A Strange Beautiful Woman."

Co-Sponsored by MTA Arts & Design, the New York Transit Museum, and the Poetry Society of America

$10 / Free for Museum members

Get tickets here.

Transit Museum
Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, NY  11201

 
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Wednesday, Apr 25, 6:30pm

Queens, NY

THE NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION
Patricia Smith, with Sylvia M. Beato-Davis

The New Salon series brings writers into an intimate setting to discuss the implications of their work and craft.

Patricia Smith is the author of eight books of poetry, including Incendiary Art; Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets; and Blood Dazzler, a National Book Award finalist. She co-edited The Golden Shovel Anthology—New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks and edited the crime fiction anthology Staten Island Noir. She is a Guggenheim fellow, a Civitellian, a National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient, a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, a former fellow at both Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and a four-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam, the most successful poet in the competition's history. Patricia is a professor at the College of Staten Island and in the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College, as well as an instructor at the annual VONA residency and in the Vermont College of Fine Arts Post-Graduate Residency Program.

Sylvia Mercedes Beato-Davis lives in Brooklyn where she teaches high school and laughs with her dog. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in Calyx Journal, Foglifter, Split This Rock, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of the Hoyt Jacobs Memorial Poetry Award and a candidate for an M.F.A. in Poetry & Translation at Queens College CUNY.

Co-sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College-CUNY and the Poetry Society of America.

Free and open to the public.

405 Klapper Hall
The Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Klapper Hall
65-30 Kissena Blvd
Queens College, CUNY
Flushing, NY 11367

 
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Wednesday, May 2, 7:00pm

New York, NY

Carol Muske-Dukes and Jane Mead at McNally Jackson

Carol Muske-Dukes is a the author of numerous books of poems, most recently Blue Rose (Penguin, 2018). Other publications include Sparrow (Random House, 2004), a National Book Award finalist, Channeling Mark Twain (Random House, 2003) and Crossing State Lines: an American Renga (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2011), co-edited with Bob Holman. She is professor of English/Creative Writing at the University of Southern California where she founded the PhD Program in CW/Lit. Former Poet Laureate of the state of California, she has been the recipient of many awards & honors, including a Guggenheim fellowship, NEA grant, and Library of Congress award.

Jane Mead is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently World Of Made and Unmade (Alice James, 2016) which was nominated for a National Book Award. Her poems appear regularly in journals and anthologies, and she's the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, and a Lannan Foundation Completion Grant. For many years she was a Poet-in-Residence at Wake Forest University, and she has taught as a visiting writer at Washington University, Colby College and most recently, The University of Iowa.

Free and open to the public.

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

 

 

 
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Tuesday, May 8, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE BEST OF POETRY IN MOTION: Spring Celebration

Since 1992, the Poetry Society of America and New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design have joined forces to present poems in one of the most beloved public art programs in America. In celebration of the publication of an anniversary anthology of 100 poems, The Best of Poetry in Motion: Celebrating 25 years on Subways and Buses, featured poets will gather to read their own contributions and favorites by others. Hear readings by Jim MooreMarilyn Nelson, and Katha Pollitt, and enjoy a panel discussion between participating poets, moderated by Alice Quinn.

Co-presented by the Bryant Park Poetry Series, MTA Arts & Design, and the Poetry Society of America.

Free and open to the public.

Bryant Park Reading Room
Located at 42nd Street side of Bryant Park at Sixth Avenue
Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas.
New York, NY

 
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Wednesday, Jun 6, 7:00pm

New York, NY

15th Anniversary Chapbook Fellowship Ceremony

Join us for the 15th Anniversary Chapbook Fellowship Ceremony, honoring the 2017 winners and celebrating the program's vibrant history. Enjoy readings by zakia henderson-brown (introduced by Cate Marvin),  Nicholas Goodly (selected by Brenda Shaughnessy, and introduced by Dorothea Lasky), Esther Lin (introduced by Patrick Rosal), and Emily Hunerwadel (introduced by Kyle Dargan).

View a complete list of the 2017 judges and winners here.

Free and open to public.

Frederick P. Rose Auditorium
41 Cooper Square
The Cooper Union
New York, NY 10008

 
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Saturday, Jul 7, 7:45pm

Brooklyn, NY

Rooftop Films Presents:
Wild Nights with Emily

Enjoy live music, a screening of the film Wild Nights with Emily (Madeleine Olnek | USA | 84), and an after-party. 

About the Film:

Fresh off its SXSW premiere, the dramatic comedy Wild Nights with Emily stars Molly Shannon as the poet Emily Dickinson. The film was inspired by an article in the New York Times that documented how infrared technologies restored erasures that hid romantic content in Dickinson's letters. The poet's persona, popularized since her death, was that of a reclusive spinster – a delicate wallflower, too sensitive for this world. This film explores her passionate, vivacious side that was covered up for years — most notably Emily's lifelong romantic relationship with another woman (Susan Ziegler). After Emily died, a rivalry emerged when her brother's mistress (Amy Seimetz) along with editor T.W. Higginson (Brett Gelman) published a book of Emily's poems. Irreverent and surreal, Wild Nights was one of "The 50 Most Anticipated American Independent Films of 2018" (Filmmaker Magazine); you will never look at Dickinson the same way again.

Learn more here.

7:45 PM: Doors Open

8:30 PM: Live Music

9:00 PM: Film Begins

10:30 PM: Filmmaker Q&A

11:00 PM: After-Party

Get tickets: $16 Online or at the Door. PSA Members 30% off.

Green-Wood Cemetery
500 25th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232

 
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Tuesday, Jul 10, 7:00pm

New York, NY

POETS SPEAK
with Ricardo Alberto Maldonado and Elizabeth Zuba

Please join us for a poetry reading and conversation with poets Ricardo Alberto Maldonado and Elizabeth Zuba on the occasion of the ongoing exhibition 'Eduardo Chillida' at Hauser & Wirth 69th Street. Co-presented with Hause & Wirth, the reading will center on the poets and his close friends, José Ángel Valente and Jorge Guillén, who had a profound impact on Chillida's practice and who proved to be enduring sources of inspiration for the artist.

Ricardo Alberto Maldonado was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He is the translator of Dinapiera Di Donato's Collateral (National Poetry Series/Akashic Books) and the recipient of poetry fellowships from Queer/Arts/Mentorship and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Elizabeth Zuba is a poet and translator of poetry and artists' writings from the French and Spanish. She is the author of two books of poetry (Song Cave 2015 and SplitLevel Texts 2016), a monograph on American artist Ray Johnson Not Nothing (Siglio Press, 2014), and the translator of over ten books of poetry and writings, including several by Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers and texts by Duchamp, Picabia, Satie, and other contributors to Dada magazine The Blind Man (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2018). Elizabeth won the French Voices award in 2017 for her translation of Anouck Durand's Eternal Friendship (Siglio Press). Her most recent translation is the late Argentine poet Arnaldo Calveyra's first book of poetry Letters So That Happiness (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2018).


Free and open to the public.

Hauser & Wirth
32 East 69th Street
New York, NY 10021

 
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Thursday, Jul 26, 6:30pm

New York, NY

Bullets into Bells
Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence

Join the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue Domestic Civil Liberties Task Force for a passionate call to end gun violence. This program blends poetry performance with a panel discussion and audience Q&A. Hear readings by poets Alexandra TeagueDean RaderBrian Clements, and Michael Klein, and respondents Michael SkolnikAbbey ClementsMarie DelusKevin HertzogJohn GrauwilerJennifer MasciaJoe QuintIran Nazario, and Po Murray.

RSVP here.

Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
30 West 68th Street
New York, NY 10023

 
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Thursday, Sep 13, 6:30pm

New York, NY

Publishing American Sign Language Poetry

The Deaf community boasts an incredible roster of poets, who use the creative capabilities of American Sign Language to develop visually captivating worlds and express the nuances of Deaf experiences. Like written poetry, ASL poetry uses forms and methods such as repetition, rhythm, and motif to play with linguistics and to convey meaning. However, the lack of a popular written form has kept ASL poetry and Visual Poetry from gaining the same recognition as written verse. Although ASL poetry proliferates in video form, even in our digital age it is still the printed publication that works as a hallmark of recognition for literary excellence.

What are the possibilities for bringing ASL poetry to wider audiences and gaining recognition from the publishing world? Translating poems composed and performed in ASL into English text is one possibility, but with the inherent complexities of translation and the additional challenges of moving from a manual, spatial and visual language to written text, many elements and meanings of the poems do not survive the process. Furthermore, a fraught history of oppression and a century of oralism (the banning of ASL in the classroom in favor of lipreading and speech) has deepened the commitment among many Deaf poets to preserve and elevate ASL and undo its ties to English. Beyond translation, what creative methods can be enacted to bring ASL onto the page?

Join poets, scholars and cultural writers for a reading and performance of signed poetry, featuring a variety of genres and styles, followed by a discussion on linguistics, translation, publishing and poetics. Poet, performer and director of ASL SLAM Douglas Ridloff, founders of The Flying Words project Peter Cook and Kenny Lerner, poet and editor John Lee Clark and others will share their original works and then have a moderated discussion by author and critical essayist Sara Novic.

Accessibility: This venue is wheelchair accessible. This event will have ASL-English interpretation. For any other access needs, please email abesher@gc.cuny.edu within two weeks of the event date.

Cosponsored by ASL SLAM, Sign Language Resources, Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine, The Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, Bowery Poetry, Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) at the CUNY Graduate Center, and Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative.

Media Sponsors: Words Without Borders, American Sign Language (ASL)- English Interpretation Program (AEIP) at LaGuardia Community College

Free and open to the public. RSVP here.

Proshansky Auditorium
Graduate Center, CUNY
365 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016



 
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Sunday, Sep 16

Brooklyn, NY

POETRY AT THE BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of literary stars and emerging authors who represent the exciting world of literature today. One of America's premier book festivals, this hip, smart, diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages. Poets participating this year include Fatimah AsgharMahogany L. Brown, Grady Chambers, Chen Chen, Eve L. Ewing, Tarfia Faizullah, Kelly Forsythe, Terrance Hayes, Donika Kelly, Shane McCrae, Lynn Melnick, Aimee Nezhukumatathil,  Raquel Salas Rivera, Patricia Smith, Jenny Xie, and more!

Brooklyn Borough Hall and surrounding venues.

For a full calendar of Brooklyn Book Festival events visit here.

 
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Thursday, Sep 20, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION
Tracy K. Smith and Catherine Barnett

The New Salon series brings writers into an intimate setting to discuss the implications of their work and craft.

Catherine Barnett is the author of Human Hours (Graywolf Press, 2018), Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced (Alice James Books, 2004) and The Game of Boxes (Graywolf Press, 2012), which was the recipient of the 2012 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. Her awards and honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Whiting Writers' Award. Barnett has been the Visiting Poet at Barnard College and teaches at the New School and New York University.

Tracy K. Smith is the U. S. poet laureate. She is the author of Wade in the Water (2018); Life on Mars (2011), winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; Duende (2007), winner of the James Laughlin Award and the Essense Literary Award; and The Body's Question (2003), which won the Cave Canem prize for the best first book by an African-American poet. In 2014 she was awarded the Academy of American Poets fellowship. Her memoir Ordinary Light (2015) was a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction. Smith teaches creative writing at Princeton University.

Co-sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program and Poetry Society of America.

Free and open to the public.

Greenberg Lounge
NYU School of Law
400 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

 
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Monday, Oct 1, 6:30pm

New York, NY

The Imagination of Henri Michaux

Join Richard Sieburth and Pierre Joris as they discuss Sieburth's new translation of Henri Michaux's A Certain Plume (NYRB).

The figure of Plume preoccupied the great Belgian poet Henri Michaux throughout his career. Plume, meaning feather or pen, is a character who drifts from one thing to another, losing shape, taking new forms, at perpetual risk from reality. He is a personification of the imagination as subject to innumerable pratfalls and disgraces, and yet indestructible for all that.

Henri Michaux was born in Namur, Belgium, and settled in Paris in the 1920s. There, taken by imagination and creativity, he began to write and paint, and his work drew the attention and praise of influential critics, André Gide and Maurice Blanchot among them. Averse to publicity and public honors, he refused the French Grand Prix National des Lettres in 1965.

Richard Sieburth teaches at New York University. His previous versions of Henri Michaux include Emergences/Resurgences and Stroke by Stroke. He has published translations of work by numerous French authors including Nostradamus, Maurice Scève, Louise Labé, Gérard de Nerval, Michel Leiris, and Antonin Artaud, among many others. He has, in addition, published translations of German authors and edited a number of Ezra Pound's works.

Pierre Joris is a Luxembourg-American poet, prolific translator, anthologist and essayist.

Co-presented by Albertine Books and the Poetry Society of America.

Free and open to the public.

Albertine Books
972 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10075

 
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Wednesday, Oct 3, 6:30pm

New York, NY

A Tribute to Lucie Brock-Broido

Join us to celebrate the life and work of influential and beloved poet and professor Lucie Brock-Broido, whose poems "glistened with embellished, inventive language about her life, beauty, art and real-world people" (New York Times). Hear reflections and readings by Mary Jo Bang, Sophie Cabot Black, Henri ColeTimothy Donnelly, Emily Fragos, Harmony Holiday, Marie Howe, Binnie KirshenbaumDorothea Lasky, Robert Polito, Srikanth Reddy, Tracy K. Smith, and Kevin Young.

Lucie Brock-Broido served as the Director of Poetry in the Writing Program of Columbia University's School of the Arts from 1993 until her death on March 6, 2018. Born in Pittsburgh, she earned degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University, and published her first groundbreaking book, A Hunger, with Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. in 1988. Brock-Broido went on to receive fellowships from the NEA, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as awards from the American Poetry Review and the Academy of American Arts and Letters, to name a few. Widely acclaimed in the United States and abroad as one of the most distinctive and influential poets of her generation, Brock-Broido published three further collections with Knopf, namely The Master Letters (1995), Trouble in Mind (2004) and Stay, Illusion (2013), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Books Critics Circle Award. As well as for her lasting achievements as a poet, Brock-Broido will be remembered as an exceptionally passionate and brilliant teacher, having received the Harvard Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award in 1989 and 1990, the Harvard-Danforth Award for Distinction in Teaching in 1991, and Columbia University's Presidential Teaching Award in 2013.

Co-presented by Columbia University School of the Arts, Alfred A. Knopf, the Poetry Society of America, the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, and Poets House.

Free and open to the public. Register HERE.

Reception to follow.

Miller Theatre
Columbia University
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

 
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Thursday, Oct 4, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION
Vijay Seshadri, with Alice Quinn

The New Salon series brings writers into an intimate setting to discuss the implications of their work and craft.

Vijay Seshadri is the author of 3 Sections (Graywolf Press, 2013), which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; The Long Meadow (Graywolf Press, 2004), which won the James Laughlin Award; and Wild Kingdom (1996). Seshadri has received grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts and has been awarded The Paris Review's Bernard F. Conners Long Poem Prize and the MacDowell Colony's Fellowship for Distinguished Poetic Achievement. He teaches poetry and nonfiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College, where he has held the Michele Tolela Myers Chair.

Co-sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program and Poetry Society of America.

Free and open to the public.

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
New York University
58 West 10th Street
New York, NY  10003

 
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Tuesday, Oct 9, 6:30pm

New York, NY

10th Anniversary of the Joca Seria American Series

A celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Joca Seria American Series. Join poets Tina Darragh, Marcella Durand, Carla Harryman, Tracie Morris, Eleni Sikelianos and Anne Waldman—as well as translators Vincent Broqua, Olivier Brossard, Marc Chénetier, Abigail Lang, and Béatrice Trotignon—for a bilingual reading of their work.

Co-presented by Albertine Books and the Poetry Society of America.

Free and open to the public.

Albertine Books
972 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10075

 
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Wednesday, Oct 17, 6:30pm

Queens, NY

LITERARY LEGACIES: Readings and a Conversation
Jennifer Chang and Patrick Rosal
Moderated by Julius Baltonado

Literary Legacies, a collaboration between Queens College MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation and the Poetry Society of America, brings two writers together to read and talk about their work. Readings by poets Jennifer Chang and Patrick Rosal will be followed by a conversation moderated by  Julius Baltonado  and a book signing.

Jennifer Chang is the author of The History of Anonymity and Some Say the Lark, which was long-listed for the PEN Open Book Award and won the 2018 William Carlos Williams Award. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including American Poetry Review, The Nation, The New Yorker, Poetry, andA Public Space, and she has poems and essays forthcoming in New England Review, New Literary History, The New York Times, and Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian Pacific American Literature and Culture. She co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman, an organization that supports Asian American writers, and teaches creative writing and literature at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Patrick Rosal is a poet, essayist, interdisciplinary artist, and musician/composer/arranger. He is the author of four books of poetry. His most recent, Brooklyn Antediluvian, was winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets and a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award. His writing has appeared in Best American Poetry, the New York Times, American Poetry Review, Tin House, New England Review, and many other journals and anthologies. He has been a featured performer across four continents and at hundreds of venues and festivals throughout the United States. A recipient of fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fulbright Core Researcher Program, he currently teaches at Princeton University as Visiting Associate Professor. He is a full-time member of the MFA faculty at Rutgers University-Camden.

Julius Baltonado is a Filipino-born American poet. He is Program Manager and Intern Coordinator at Bowery Arts + Science, which runs The Bowery Poetry Club, where he produces a number of open mics and art showcases for poetry, music, and drama. He was a writing and research fellow at The Louis Armstrong House Museum Archives, and he received his MFA in Creative Writing and Poetry from Queens College.

Co-sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College-CUNY and the Poetry Society of America.

Free and open to the public.

405 Klapper Hall
The Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Klapper Hall
65-30 Kissena Blvd
Queens College, CUNY
Flushing, NY 11367

 
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Sunday, Oct 21, 2:00pm

Bronx, NY

A Celebration of the Hawaiian Islands at NYBG
in conjunction with Georgia O’Keeffe Visions of Hawai‘i

2:00pm

FILM

View W. S. Merwin: To Plant A Tree (Stefan Schaefer, 2006, 60 min.), part of the film series Hawai'i Past and Present, curated by Kris Kato, a New York-based keiki o ka `āina (child of the land) working in film education. 

This documentary examines the life and work of Poet Laureate, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and environmental activist W.S. Merwin. In interviews filmed in Hawai`i, France, and on several reading tours, Merwin's environmental activism and poetry are on full display, with humorous insights into the human experience and the relevance of poetry in our lives today.

Ross Hall
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458-5126

3:15pm

PERFORMANCE: POETRY AND HAWAIIAN CHANTS

PSA Executive Director Alice Quinn will introduce a performance in conjunction with the exhibition Georgia O'Keeffe Visions of Hawai'i and its corresponding poetry walk, a set of poems that explore the Hawaiian islands, curated by poet Lisa Linn Kanae. Actor Patrick Breen will read this selection, which includes poems by Puanani Burgess, Juliet S. Kono, Brandy Nālani McDougall, W. S. Merwin, Sage U'ilani Takehiro, and Kahikāhealani Wright. Kainoa Embernate, an educator of Hawaiian language and culture from Hilo, Hawaiʻi, will perform a set of kindred Hawaiian chants, guided by the natural rhythms of a day's progress into night and the influence of our universes' ecosystems.

Patrick Breen is an actor and writer, known for Galaxy Quest (1999), Men in Black (1997) and Whole Day Down (2011).

Kainoa Embernate is an educator of Hawaiian language and culture from Hilo, Hawaiʻi, and the Founder and Director of Hālau ʻŌlelo: Hawaiian Language Worldwide. He is a source to cultural practitioners, culinarians, performing artists, writers, filmmakers and scholars looking to grow Hawaiian, Polynesian, and Oceanic presence in New York City and around the world.

Lisa Linn Kanae was born and raised in Kapahulu, Oahu, and is of Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino descent. She is the author of the short story collection Islands Linked by Ocean (2009) and the hybrid chapbook Sista Tongue (2003). In 2010, Kanae received the Cades Emerging Writer Award for Literature. She teaches at Kapiʻolani Community College.

Free and open to the public.

Conservatory Plaza
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458-5126

 
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Friday, Oct 26, 7:00pm

New York, NY

A Celebration of Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color

Join us to celebrate Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat, 2018), a survey of poetry by queer poets of color throughout U.S. history, including literary legends such as Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, June Jordan, Ai, and Pat Parker alongside contemporaries such as Natalie Diaz, Ocean Vuong, Danez Smith, Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, Robin Coste Lewis, Joy Harjo, Richard Blanco, Erika L. Sánchez, Jericho Brown, Carl Phillips, Tommy Pico, Eduardo C. Corral, Chen Chen, among many more. Hear readings by Christopher Soto, poet and editor of the anthology, and contributors Saeed Jones and Pamela Sneed, followed by a conversation and Q & A moderated by Soto. Readers will share their own work in addition to poems by contributors not present.

Saeed Jones is the author of Prelude to Bruise (Coffee House Press, 2014), which was the winner of the 2015 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award For Poetry and the 2015 Stonewall Book Award/Barbara Gittings Literature Award, and a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award. The collection was also a finalist for 2015 awards from Lambda Literary and the Publishing Triangle. He is a co-host of Buzzfeed's morning show, AM to DM and his memoir, How We Fight For Our Lives, is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster. He lives in New York, NY. 

Pamela Sneed is a New York based poet, writer, performer and emerging visual artist. She is author of Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom than SlaveryKONG and Other Works, the chaplet, Gift, and the short story book Sweet Dreams. She has been featured in the New York Times MagazineThe New YorkerTime OutBombVIBE, and on the cover of New York Magazine. She has received a Monica Hand, July 2018 scholarship to the Fine Arts Workshop in Provincetown. Her work is widely anthologized and appears in Nikki Giovanni's The 100 Best African American Poems. She is a Visiting Professor at Columbia University's School of the Arts for 2017/18. 

Christopher Soto is the author of Sad Girl Poems (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2016) and the editor of Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books, 2018). He cofounded the Undocupoets Campaign and worked with Amazon Literary Partnerships to establish grants for undocumented writers. His honors include The Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism by Split This Rock and the Barnes & Noble Writer for Writers Award. He frequently writes book reviews for the Lambda Literary Foundation and is currently working on a full-length poetry manuscript about police violence and mass incarceration. He received his MFA in poetry from NYU, where he was a Goldwater Hospital Writing Workshop Fellow.

Co-sponsored by the Poetry Society of America, The NYU Creative Writing Program, and the NYU Department of English.

Free and open to the public.

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
New York University
58 West 10th Street
New York, NY  10003

 
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Thursday, Nov 15, 7:00pm

New York, NY

A Portrait of the Self as Nation: New and Selected Poems by Marilyn Chin: A Celebration

The Poetry Society of America and Poets House present a celebration of Marilyn Chin's A Portrait of the Self as Nation: New and Selected Poems (W. W. Norton, 2018). Spanning thirty years of dazzling work—from luminous early love lyrics to often-anthologized Asian American identity anthems, from political and subversive hybrid forms to feminist manifestos—A Portrait of the Self as Nation is a selection from one of America's most original and vital voices. Join us to hear a reading by Chin, a talk on her work and career, and a Q & A moderated by Poets House Program Director and poet Paolo Javier. Followed by a book signing and reception.

Marilyn Chin was born in Hong Kong. She is the author of four previous poetry collections and a novel. Her work has appeared in The Norton Anthology of Contemporary PoetryThe Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, and Best American Poetry, among other publications. The winner of the PEN/Josephine Miles Literary Award, five Pushcart Prizes, fellowships from the United States Artists Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, among other honors, she lives in San Diego. 

Co-presented by the Poetry Society of America, Poets House, W. W. Norton, and Kundiman.

Free and open to the public.

Poets House
10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282

 
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Thursday, Nov 29, 7:00pm

New York, NY

New In French Translation: Jonathan Larson, Emma Ramadan, and Elizabeth Zuba

Join us to celebrate three recent distinct translations from the French: Francis Ponge's Nioque of the Early-Spring, translated by Jonathan Larson; Ahmed Bouanani's The Shutters, translated by Emma Ramadan; and Anouck Durand's Eternal Friendship, translated by Elizabeth Zuba. Readings by Larson, Ramadan, and Zuba will be followed by a conversation and Q & A.

Jonathan Larson is a poet and translator living in Brooklyn. His translation of Francis Ponge's Nioque of the Early-Spring was published by The Song Cave who will also be publishing his translation of Friederike Mayröcker's Scardanelli

Emma Ramadan is a literary translator based in Providence RI, where she is also the co-owner of Riffraff bookstore and bar. She is the recipient of a Fulbright, an NEA Translation Fellowship, and a PEN/Heim grant for her work on the late Moroccan poet Ahmed Bouanani, and her translation of his poetry collection The Shutters was published by New Directions in June 2018. Other recent translations include Virginie Despentes's Pretty Things, Brice Matthieussent's Revenge of the Translator, and Anne Garréta's Not One Day and Sphinx.

Elizabeth Zuba is a poet and translator. She is the author of Decoherent The Wing'ed (SplitLevel Texts, 2016) and May Double as a Whistle (Song Cave Press, 2015). Her many translations include Anouck Durand's Eternal Friendship (Siglio Press, 2017 French Voices Award) and Marcel Broodthaers's Pense-Bête (Granary Books).  She is the editor of Not Nothing: Selected Writings by Ray Johnson 1954-1994 (Siglio Press, 2014) and translator and co-editor of Marcel Broodthaers: My Ogre Book Shadow Theater Midnight (Siglio Press, 2015).

Co-presented by the Poetry Society of America, The French Embassy, McNally Jackson Books, Siglio Press, The Song Cave, and New Directions.

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

 
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Sunday, Dec 16, 2:00pm

Bronx, NY

Poetry for Every Season with Billy Collins

Billy Collins, former US Poet Laureate and Poet Laureate of NYBG presents a special reading of poems inspired by trains, the holidays, and The New York Botanical Garden. Followed by readings by student poetry contest winners, selected by Alice Quinn.

Co-presented by the New York Botanical Garden and Poetry Society of America.

Ross Hall
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458-5126