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 universe's 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-presented by the Poetry Society of America, The NYU Creative Writing Program, the NYU Department of English, and Nightboat Books.

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 Chin give 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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Tuesday, Nov 27, 8:00pm

New York, NY

You Must Change Your Life:
The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin

Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet is one of the most beloved books of the twentieth century. It has sold millions of copies and inspired generations with its galvanizing wisdom on how to lead an artistic life. In You Must Change Your Life, debut author Rachel Corbett tells the remarkable, long-buried story of where Rilke's ideas originated.   

In 1902, Rilke, broke and suffering from writer's block, accepted a commission to go to Paris to research and write a short book about the sculptor Auguste Rodin. The two were almost polar opposites: Rodin in his sixties, notoriously carnal, revered; Rilke in his twenties, delicate, unknown. Nonetheless, they fell into an instantaneous friendship and would work closely together as master and disciple for the next few years, as Rodin showed Rilke how to become the writer he wished to be.

Free. Register here.

Presented by our friends at the National Arts Club Literary Committee.

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

 
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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

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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Saturday, Dec 1, 4:30pm

New York, NY

Light the Fight
A World AIDS Day Experience

The NYC AIDS Memorial is pleased to announce #LightTheFight, an interactive art experience on World AIDS Day, Saturday December 1, 2018. #LightTheFight, a collaboration with world-renowned visual artist Jenny Holzer, will kick off with a ceremony and performance at dusk (4:30pm EST) at the New York City AIDS Memorial Park in the heart of the West Village, corner of West 12th St & Greenwich Avenue, including presentations by Keith Fox, Corey Johnson, poet Jericho Brown, and the West Village Chorale.

Following the ceremony, a fleet of five trucks emblazoned with LED signs will begin a journey through the city displaying a series of quotes that convey the impact, history, and ongoing battle against the AIDS epidemic worldwide. Learn more

Free and open to the public.

The #LightTheFight experience would not be possible without the help of the NYC AIDS Memorial's community partners including The LGBT Community Center, The Poetry Society of America, Lyft and The Ford Foundation.

New York City AIDS Memorial Park
West 12th St & Greenwich Avenue
New York, NY 10011

 
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Wednesday, Dec 5, 7:00pm

New York, NY

The Yes of the Poet’s Immortality

This year, the Rubin Museum presents an array of exhibitions, talks, and programs under the theme "The Future is Fluid," welcoming visitors to step into a world where the karma of past, present, and future exists simultaneously, and to consider rituals such as the act of writing as key to embracing the ephemeral.

Join the Poetry Society of America for a special program featuring writers Sarah Ruhl, Angela Chen, and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, who will share and reflect on the poems, letters, and journals of poets who explored – with verve, intellect, and grace – the presence of death in their lives and their work. Angela Chen will present on Japanese Death Poems (Tuttle Publishing, 2018), an anthology of jisei written by Zen monks and haiku poets on the verge of death. Sarah Ruhl will read from Letters from Max (Milkweed Editions, 2018), a collection of letters she exchanged with the celebrated young poet Max Ritvo (1990-2016) in the last years of his battle with cancer, in which she writes of "the eternal yes that poets sing about, the yes of the poet's immortality." Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon will reflect on prolific and brilliant poet Lucille Clifton's (1936–2010) embrace of mortality in her work.

Angela Chen is a journalist and writer whose work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Paris Review, Aeon Magazine, Pacific Standard, Smithsonian, Hazlitt, Catapult, and elsewhere. Her first book, ACE, is forthcoming from Beacon Press. She is on Twitter: @chengela

Lucille Clifton (1936–2010) was the author of numerous award-winning collections of poetry. Her collection, Blessing the Boats: New & Selected Poems 1988-2000, won the National Book Award for Poetry. Among her many other accolades are the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Frost Medal, an Emmy Award, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry, for her posthumously published collection The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010.

Max Ritvo (1990-2016) wrote Four Reincarnations over the course of a long battle with cancer. He was also the author of The Final Voicemails, edited and introduced by Louise Glück, and co-authored Letters from Max with Sarah Ruhl; both books were published posthumously. 

Sarah Ruhl's numerous award-winning plays include How to Transcend a Happy Marriage; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tony Award nominee); The Clean House (Pulitzer Prize Finalist, The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize); and Passion Play (Pen American award, The Fourth Freedom Forum Playwriting Award from The Kennedy Center). Her many honors include the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright award, the Whiting award, the Lily Award, and the MacArthur "genius" award. Her book 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write was a Times Notable Book of the Year. She teaches at the Yale School of Drama.

Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is the author of Open Interval, a National Book Award finalist, and Black Swan, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, as well as Poems in Conversation and a Conversation, a chapbook collaboration with Elizabeth Alexander. She has written plays and lyrics for The Cherry, an Ithaca arts collective, and is currently at work on the poetry collection The Coal Tar Colors, and Purchase, a book of essays.

Co-presented by the Poetry Society of America and the Rubin Museum of Art.

$14
Tickets include access to exhibitions "A Lost Future" and other galleries. Reserve here. PSA Members receive a 20% discount.

Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011

 
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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 Billy Collins.

Students K-12 interested in submitting to the contest, learn more HERE.

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

 
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Thursday, Jan 31, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION
Terrance Hayes, with Deborah Landau

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

Terrance Hayes's most recent publications include American Sonnets for My Past And Future Assassin (Penguin 2018) and To Float In The Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight (Wave, 2018). His many honors include the 2010 National Book Award, a Whiting Writers Award, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and the NAACP Image Award. Hayes served as the 2017-2018 poetry editor for New York Times Magazine, and he was guest editor of The Best American Poetry 2014 (Scribner, 2014).

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 28, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION
Forrest Gander, with Alice Quinn

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

Forrest Gander is the author of numerous books of poetry, translation, fiction, and essays, most recently Be With (New Directions, 2018). He's the A.K. Seaver Professor of Literary Arts and Comparative Literature at Brown University. A U.S. Artists Rockefeller fellow, Gander has been recipient of grants from the NEA, the Guggenheim, Howard, Witter Bynner and Whiting foundations. His 2011 collection Core Samples from the World was an NBCC and Pulitzer Prize finalist for poetry.

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, Apr 18, 7:00pm

New York, NY

109TH ANNUAL POETRY SOCIETY OF AMERICA AWARDS CEREMONY

The evening will honor our 2019 Frost Medalist Eleanor Wilner who will deliver the annual Frost Lecture, and celebrate the new winners of our distinguished Annual Awards, with readings by Darcie Dennigan, Sara HenningAnna Maria HongCecily ParksVitoria Perez, and G. C. Waldrep.

Admission is free.

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

 
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Tuesday, Apr 23, 8:00pm

New York, NY

The National Art Club's
13th Young Poets Reading
with Kathleen Ossip, Michael Rose, and Danniel Schoonebeek

Kathleen Ossip has published four volumes of poetry, most recently, The Do-Over (2015). Her poems have appeared in a wide range of journals and reviews. She teaches in the creative writing program at the New School in New York. In 2016-17 she was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. 

Michael Rose's first volume of poetry, 
The Rattles and Other Poems, was published in 2017. His poems have appeared in several journals and reviews. He holds a master's degree in general and special education and currently teaches at the Harriet Tubman Charter School, an intermediate school in the Bronx.  

Danniel Schoonebeek has published two volumes of poetry and an audiobook, most recently, 
Trébuchet (2016). His poems have also appeared in several notable anthologies. He divides his time between Brooklyn and Delhi, New York. He has been awarded a 2019 fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Free and open to the public.

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

 
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Wednesday, Apr 24, 6:30pm

New York, NY

Photo Prose—Your Mirror: Portraits from the ICP Collection

Join us for an evening of dynamic poetry readings featuring work that responds directly to photographs in Your Mirror: Portraits from the ICP Collection. Participating poets were invited to choose an image or group of images in the exhibition to respond to through creation of a new work or interpretation of an original or historical piece. The image or images will be projected while the poets read, allowing the audience to dive deeper into the connections between the visual and the textual.

This event is co-curated with the Poetry Society of America. Participating poets include Angel Nafis, Matthea Harvey, Christopher Soto,  Diane Exavier,  Desiree C. BaileyRobert Polito, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, and Paolo Javier. More readers to be announced.

At the conclusion of the program, we will open the mic up to the audience and invite rehearsed or spontaneous poetry or prose that responds to the images in Your Mirror.

Admission to reading is free and open to the public. Reservation is required.

For a public program combination ticket which grants $10 entry to the galleries starting at 4:30 PM to those attending the program are only available online when you register for the program.

ICP Museum
250 Bowery
New York, NY 10012

 
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Thursday, May 2, 7:00pm

New York, NY

Walt Whitman Bicentennial Reading

A special reading from the work of Walt Whitman in celebration of his 200th birthday and the democratic imperatives of his work. Featuring Mark DotyMarwa HelalMajor JacksonD. Nurkse, Alicia OstrikerVijay SeshadriPatricia SmithAnne Waldman, and more.

Presented by Cooper Union, the Academy of American Poets, Poets House, and the Poetry Society of America. Co-sponsored by Canto Mundo, CLMP, PEN America, Poets & Writers, and Urban Word.

Free and open to the public.

Cooper Union
The Great Hall
7 East 7th St 
New York, NY 10003

 
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Monday, May 6, 7:00pm

New York, NY

A CELEBRATION OF GRAYWOLF PRESS AT 45

Join The National Arts Club and The Poetry Society of America for an evening celebrating 45 years of Graywolf Press.

The evening will be hosted by PSA's Executive Director Alice Quinn and will feature poetry reading from Catherine Barnett (Human Hours), Ilya Kaminsky (Deaf Republic), Layli Long Soldier (WHEREAS), Vijay Seshadri (3 Sections), and Monica Youn (Blackacre).

Reception to follow with refreshments and light bites.

About Graywolf Press:

Graywolf Press is a leading independent publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of twenty-first century American and international literature. They champion outstanding writers at all stages of their careers to ensure that adventurous readers can find underrepresented and diverse voices in a crowded marketplace. Learn more at www.graywolfpress.org.

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

 
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Saturday, May 18, 1:00pm

Brooklyn, NY

Whitman at 200
Keynote with Mark Doty

Our Whitman at 200 weekend will kick off with a keynote lecture by Mark Doty. 

Mark Doty's nine books of poems and five volumes of nonfiction prose include Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, which won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008 and the memoir Dog Years, a New York Times bestseller. The first American poet to receive the T.S. Eliot Prize in the U.K., he's also received the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Whiting Writers Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim, Ingram-Merrill and Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Foundations. His new book, What Is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life, will be published by W W Norton in April 2020. A Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University, he lives in New York City.

Free and open to the public.
Co-presented with the Brooklyn Public Library.

Brooklyn Public Library

Central Library
Lobby Gallery
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

 
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Saturday, May 18, 4:00pm

Brooklyn, NY

Whitman at 200 Tribute Panel

This panel celebrates Whitman's 200th anniversary with responses from poets in remarks written in verse and prose. Panelists include Cornelius EadyKimiko HahnRamya RamanaVijay Seshadri, and others. The evening also includes a performance, by the Brooklyn Art Song Society, of Tom Cipullo's setting of "I Hear America Singing" and Jennifer Higdon's setting of "Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd."

Co-presented with the Brooklyn Public Library.

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

 
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Sunday, May 19, 2:00pm

Brooklyn, NY

Whitman at 200
Second Read: Leaves of Grass
with Harmony Holiday and Karen Karbiener

Second Read is a BPL Presents series that reevaluates canonical classic and contemporary work and encourages lively debate around books and reading.

Self-published to mixed reviews, Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass was edited throughout the poets' life and is considered by many today to be an American masterpiece. Our panel, consisting of poet Harmony Holiday, scholar Karen Karbiener and others, will engage in a critical debate, considering the merits of the long, inclusive text and the parts and poems worth quibbling over, not to mention the context out of which the work came.
Free and open to the public.

Co-presented with the Brooklyn Public Library.

Brooklyn Public Library   
Central Library
Dweck Center
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238
 
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Thursday, May 30, 6:00pm

New York, NY

An Evening of Poetry and Music inspired by Metaphysical Art

The Center for Italian Modern Art presents a collaboration with Innuan and A Public Space, hosting a musical performance intertwined with a reading of Giorgio de Chirico's poems, written from the 1910s through the 1970s, recently translated into English by celebrated American poet Stefania Heim.

Tickets and full program details.

CIMA - Center for Italian Modern Art
421 Broome Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10013

 
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Thursday, Jun 6, 7:00pm

New York, NY

Chapbook Fellowship Reading and Launch

Join us for the Chapbook Fellowship Ceremony, honoring and celebrating the 2018 fellows and the launch of their chapbooks with readings by the winning poets and judges.

Heather Hamilton selected by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Joann Gardner selected by D. Nurkse
Như Xuân Nguyễn selected by Adrian Matejka
Laura Romeyn selected by Ange Mlinko

Free and open to public.

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

 
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Tuesday, Jun 18, 6:30pm

Bronx, NY

The Poetry Society of America's Annual Spring Benefit
Honoring Paul Simon & Alice Quinn

Join us for an unforgettable evening celebrating legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon for his magnificent musical achievement and legacy and the visionary leader of the Poetry Society of America, Alice Quinn, for holding poetry aloft in American life throughout her remarkable career.  

With Special Guests Billy Collins and Tracy K. Smith

The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, NY
Tickets & Tables Available Here.

For questions, please contact Madeline Weinfield at  benefit@poetrysociety.org.
 
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Thursday, Jun 20, 7:30pm

New York, NY

Whitman in Music and Words
Matthew Aucoin with Ben Lerner

In conjunction with the exhibition Walt Whitman: Bard of Democracy, on view at The Morgan Library & Museum, composer and conductor Matthew Aucoin curates an evening of spoken word and music featuring Walt Whitman's letters and poems with musical excerpts from Aucoin's 2015 opera Crossing and works by John Adams and Leonard Bernstein. Featuring Matthew Aucoin, piano, Ben Lerner, poet/writer, with additional artists to be announced. The exhibition will be open at 6:30 pm for concert attendees.

Matthew Aucoin is an American composer, conductor, writer, and pianist. He is a 2018 MacArthur Fellow and Artist in Residence at Los Angeles Opera, and has worked as a composer and conductor with the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the American Repertory Theater, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Music Academy of the West. He is co-Artistic Director of the American Modern Opera Company.

Ben Lerner is a widely celebrated novelist, poet, and critic. His publications include the poetry collections The Lichtenberg Figures (2004), Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path; the novels Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04; an artist's book, Blossom (with Thomas Demand); and The Hatred of Poetry, among others.

Co-presented by the Morgan Library & Museum and Poetry Society of America.

Tickets: Purchase here.
$35; $25 for members of The Morgan & PSA

The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016