Spring 2017

NY Events

 

Tuesday, Jan 10, 7:00pm

New York, NY

The PSA Readings at McNally Jackson:
Joshua Bennett and Jennifer Kronovet

Joshua Bennett is the author of The Sobbing School (Penguin, 2016), which was a winner of the 2015 National Poetry Series.He has received fellowships from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Cave Canem, the Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust, and the Ford Foundation. He is currently a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard University.

Jennifer Kronovet
 is the author of  The Wug Test (Ecco Press, 2016), which was a winner of the 2015 National Poetry Series, and Awayward. She co-translated The Acrobat, the selected poems of Yiddish writer Celia Dropkin. Under the name Jennifer Stern, she co-translated Empty Chairs, poetry by the Chinese writer Liu Xia. Born and raised in New York City, she's also lived in several cities in the Midwest and China.

Admission is free. 

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

 
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Wednesday, Feb 22, 7:00pm

New York, NY

A Tribute to C.K. Williams

A reading to honor the late Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C.K. Williams, who published 22 books of poetry, including Falling Ill: Last Poems (FSG, 2016). With Jonathan Galassi, Edward Hirsch, Paul Muldoon, James Richardson, Alan Shapiro, Chase Twichell, Susan Wheeler, and Adam Zagajewski.

Co-sponsored by Farrar, Straus and Giroux & The New School Creative Writing Program

Admission is free.


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

 
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Wednesday, Mar 1, 7:00pm

New York, NY

Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire

A celebration of the poet's life and work on the centenary of his birth with Kay Redfield Jamison, author of the new biography, Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire, A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character, followed by a distinguished panel responding to her lecture, including Katie Peterson, editor of Lowell's New Selected Poems; Frank Bidart, National Book Critics Circle-winning poet and longtime associate of Lowell;  poet and The New Yorker poetry editor Paul Muldoon, and poet Ishion Hutchinson. 

Co-sponsored by The Center for the Study of Transformative Lives at New York University and The New York University Biography Seminar.

Please RSVP by February 23; space is limited
To the Eventbrite  link a www.transformativelives.org
or by email to transformative.lives@nyu.edu
 

The Greenberg Lounge
NYU Law School
40 Washington Square South
(between MacDougal and Sullivan Streets)

 

 
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Thursday, Mar 9, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION
featuring Kevin Young, with Laurin Macios

Kevin Young is the author of ten books of poetry, including most recently Blue Laws, longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award; Book of Hours, winner of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award; ArdencyA Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels, winner of a 2012 American Book Award; and Jelly Roll: A Blues, a finalist for the National Book Award. His book The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness won the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, was a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and won the PEN Open Book Award. 

Co-Sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program

Admission is free.

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

 
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Monday, Mar 13, 7:00pm

Queens, NY

THE NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION
Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson was the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, the NAACP Image Award and the Sibert Honor Award. Named the Young People's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation, she is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders and children. She is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a three-time National Book Award finalist and 2014 winner, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. She lives in Brooklyn.

Co-sponsored by Queens College MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation

Admission is free.

Queens College
Godwin Ternbach Museum
Klapper Hall

 
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Monday, Mar 27, 6:00pm

New York, NY

COOKING WITH THE MUSE:
AN EVENING OF WORDS, MUSIC, FOOD, AND DRINK

 Join us for a very happy hour (and more) with award-winning poet, artist, and scholar Stephen Massimilla and Myra Kornfeld, professional chef and graduate culinary nutrition instructor, authors of Cooking with the Muse. Learn what poets—from Homer to Rumi to Dickinson to Neruda to Heaney to Walcott to Elizabeth Alexander to Massimilla and Kornfeld themselves—can teach you about eating well and wisely and getting plenty of satisfaction.

Includes live music by jazz singer Natalia Bernal and guitarist Jason Ennis, full bar, scrumptious organic treats from the book, and a raffle for a private cooking class!

General Admission: $30
Student & PSA Members: $25 

All proceeds will benefit the PSA's programs and signature initiative, Poetry in Motion.

Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery (between Houston and Bleeker)
New York, NY 

 
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Wednesday, Mar 29, 7:00pm

New York, NY

107TH ANNUAL POETRY SOCIETY OF AMERICA AWARDS CEREMONY

The evening will honor our 2017 Frost Medalist Susan Howe, who will deliver the annual Frost Lecture, and celebrate the winners of our eleven other distinguished Annual Awards. 

Admission is free.

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

 
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Wednesday, Apr 5, 7:00pm

Long Island City, NY

Poems About Sculpture

Join us at The Noguchi Museum to celebrate Poems About Sculpture (Knopf, 2016) with sculptor Murray Dewart, the anthology's editor; Robert Pinsky, former four-time U.S. Poet Laureate and founder of the Favorite Poem Project, who wrote the foreward to the book; and poet Rachel Hadas. Introduced by PSA's Executive Director Alice Quinn and board president Kimiko Hahn, with a welcome from our co-hosts, Noguchi Museum Director Jenny Dixon and Senior Curator Dakin Hart. Reception to follow.

Co-sponsored by The Noguchi Museum and The Poetry Society of America

Admission is free.
The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road
Long Island City, NY
 
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Friday, Apr 7, 11:00am

New York, NY

Poetry in Motion featuring The Poet is In

In celebration of National Poetry Month, MTA Arts & Design and the Poetry Society of America present Poetry in Motion featuring The Poet Is In. The program is inspired by Marie Howe, New York State Poet 2012-2015, Arts & Design's de facto Poet in Residence, who is dedicated to bringing poetry to everyone in the State of New York.

Free and open to the public, The Poet is In will feature an array of award-winning poets, including Hossannah Assuncion, Amber Atiya, Catherine Barnett , Rosebud Ben-Oni, Matthew Burgess, Kat Georges, Peter Carlaftes, Wo Chan, Ama Codjoe, Timothy Donnelly, Thomas Dooley, Mark Doty, Aracelis Girmay, Sonia Guiñansaca, Bob Holman, Marie Howe, Michael Klein, Dorothea Lasky, Timothy Liu, Ricardo Maldonado, Sally Wen Mao, Donna Masini, Monica McClure, Yesenia Montilla, Ansley Moon, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Marilyn Nelson, Geoffrey Nutter, Victoria Redel, Matthew Rohrer, Craig Morgan Teicher, Paul Tran, and Nicole Shantè White who will sit in a booth and write poems for those who request one. (This list is subject to change.)

Vanderbilt Hall
Grand Central Station
89 E 42nd St
New York, NY 10017
 

 
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Thursday, Apr 13, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION
Maureen McLane, with Alice Quinn

Maureen N. McLane grew up in upstate New York and was educated at Harvard, Oxford, and the University of Chicago. She is the author of five books of poetry, including the forthcoming Some Say, and  Mz N: the serial (FSG, 2016), and her poems have been translated into Czech, Greek, and Spanish.  Her book My Poets (FSG, 2012)—an experimental hybrid of memoir and criticism—was named a New York Times Notable Book and a Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography. A professor of English at New York University, she has published two books on British Romanticism, as well as numerous essays, reviews, squibs, and screeds.

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

Admission is free.

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

 
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Sunday, Apr 30, 3:00pm

New York City

A House Divided

House Divided unites artists, writers, thinkers, and politicos in a one-of-a-kind event to be held at the historic Great Hall at Cooper Union, where Lincoln gave his famous address on slavery. Artists and writers will unite to speak out to these divisive times in our nation, not necessarily to find a solution, but to bring the creative community into the Public Dialogue.

Answering this call, some of the most renowned and revered artists and writers of our time will join with those who are young and unknown to create a living panoply of the City's diversity onstage at the historic Great Hall. Among them are Paul Auster, Amina Baraka, John Giorno, Jessica Hagedorn, Suheir Hammad, Yusef Komunyakaa, Joan Jonas, Jonas Mekas, Duane Michals, Marilyn Nelson, Marc Ribot, Ed Sanders and The Fugs, Richard Serra, Anne Waldman, DeRay McKesson, Papa Susso, Mohamad Hodeib, La Bruja, Emanuel Xavier, Tyrek Greene, Carl Hancock Rux, Cleo Wade, Reverend Billy, Juliana Huxtable, Adwoa Aboah, Siri Hustvedt, Hettie Jones, Phong Bui, Paul Tran, Marie Ponsot, Monica de la Torre, Ocean Vuong, Ariana Reines, Bob Holman, and Stefan Bondell who, along with others, will take the stage in an effort to investigate, contemplate and meditate, perhaps even celebrate, certainly to give voice to artistic expression along the current cultural divide.

Organized and conceived by painter and poet Stefan Bondell and poet Bob Holman.

Admission is free. Get your tickets here.

The Copper Union
The Great Hall
7 East 7th Street
New York, NY 10003

 
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Wednesday, May 10, 7:00pm

New York, NY

The PSA Readings at McNally Jackson:
Tommy Pico and Jana Prikryl

Tommy Pico is author IRL (Birds, LLC, 2016), Nature Poem (forthcoming from Tin House Books, 2017), and the zine series Hey, Teebs. He has been a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, a 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, and a 2016 Tin House summer poetry scholar, and has published poems in BOMB, Flavorwire, and the Offing. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay Nation, he now lives in Brooklyn where he co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA) with Morgan Parker. 

Jana Prikryl's first collection is The After Party (Tim Duggan Books, 2016). Her poems have appeared in The New YorkerHarper's, the London Review of Books, and The Paris Review, and she writes essays on photography and film for The Nation and The New York Review of Books, where she works as a senior editor. Growing up from the age of six in Canada after her family fled Communist Czechoslovakia, she has lived in New York City since 2003.

Admission is free. 

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

 
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Thursday, May 11, 7:00pm

New York, NY

The Poetry Society of America Chapbook Reading

Come celebrate the 14th Anniversary of the PSA Chapbook Fellowship with readings by 2016 Chapbook Fellows
William Brewer, Ryan Black, Analicia Sotelo, and Brandon Kreitler alongside this year's poet-judges Rigoberto González, Linda Gregerson, Major Jackson, and Marilyn Nelson.

Admission is free.

Cooper Union
Frederick P. Rose Auditorium
41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets) 

 
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Tuesday, May 16, 7:00pm

New York, NY

When the Towers Fell

Join the Poetry Society of America and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum for a night of poetry and conversation as we reflect on the 15 years that have passed since September 11, 2001. A special presentation of Galway Kinnell's poem, "When the Towers Fell," by juniors and seniors from Stuyvesant High School will be followed by curated poetry readings by Rosebud Ben-Oni and Noel Quiñones, and a conversation with PSA Executive Director Alice Quinn. Attendees are invited to view the Museum's special exhibition, "Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11," from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Rosebud Ben-Oni is a recipient of the 2014 NYFA Fellowship in Poetry and a CantoMundo Fellow. She has been awarded a Rackham Merit Fellowship from the University of Michigan and was a Horace Goldsmith Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the author of SOLECISM (Virtual Artists Collective, 2013) and an Editorial Advisor for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Her work appears or is forthcoming in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. She writes weekly for The Kenyon Review blog and lives in New York City with her husband.

Noel Quiñones is an AfroBoricua educator, writer, and performer born and raised in the Bronx. He has received fellowships from Poets House, CantoMundo, and the Watering Hole, and his work is forthcoming or published in the Latin American Review, Hot Metal Bridge, Kweli Journal, and Pilgrimage Press, among other publications. The founder of Project X, a Bronx based arts organization, he has performed at Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Festival, the Nuyorican Poets Café, and elsewhere.

Admission is free. Click here to reserve your ticket.

9/11 Memorial & Museum
180 Greenwich St.
New York, NY 10007

 
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Thursday, May 18, 7:00pm

New York, NY

Emily Dickinson: My Letter to the World

From the producers of the Emily Dickinson biopic, A Quiet Passion, this documentary is an in-depth examination of the life and work of one of America's greatest poets, narrated by Cynthia Nixon. Join director Sol Papadopoulos of Hurricane Films for a postscreening discussion.

My Letter to the World Promo from Hurricane Films on Vimeo. 
 
Tickets: $15; $10 for Morgan and Poetry Society of America members.

Visit themorgan.org/programs or call 212.685.0008, ext. 560, to charge your order. 

The exhibition I'm Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson will be open at 6 pm for program attendees.

The Morgan Library
225 Madison Avenue at East 36th Street
New York City
 
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Monday, May 22, 7:00pm

New York, NY

RESISTANCE, REBELLION, LIFE: 50 Poems Now

Readings by James ArthurAlex DimitrovVincent KatzDeborah Landau, Carol Muske-DukesAmit MajmudarTomas Q. Morin, Paul MuldoonDennis NurkseRowan Ricardo PhillipsMaggie Smith, and Monica Sok from the new anthology Resistance, Rebellion, Life: 50 Poems Now (Knopf, May 2017), 50 crucial poems written in response to the current political climate, selected and introduced by the Ohio Poet Laureate—and son of immigrants—Amit Majmudar.

About RESISTANCE, REBELLION LIFE: 50 Poems Now
In a political atmosphere where language and even meaning itself are continually under threat, poetry has a critical role to play. And our poets have been responding—in the streets and at their desks, demanding a full accounting from themselves and from their nation. Majmudar's elegant introduction to these vital poems reminds us that "false stories take a lot of killing because they are made of language. Because they are made of language, though, they can be killed." From Solmaz Sharif and Eileen Myles to Kevin Young and Juan Felipe Herrera, American poets of diverse styles and strategies have contributed their truths: scenes from the front lines of resistance, and from the interior of our collective conscience. 

Presented by Alfred A. Knopf and co-sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program and the Poetry Society of America.

Tishman Auditorium 
NYU School of Law
40 Washington Sq South
New York, New York 10012

 

 
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Tuesday, Jun 6, 6:00pm

New York

Poetry Society of America's Spring Benefit Dinner Honoring Jacqueline Woodson

On June 6th, 2017, at our annual spring benefit at The New York Botanical Garden, the Poetry Society of America will honor JACQUELINE WOODSON, the Young People's Poet Laureate, and the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for adults, young adults, middle graders and children.

The New York Botanical Garden is one of New York's most magical places, and the evening will include music and cocktails in the conservatory and a private viewing of their highly anticipated spring exhibit, CHIHULY.

Benefit Chairs Michael A. Boyd and Judith Woodard invite you to join lovers of poetry from near and far for an incandescent evening of botanical splendor, artistic revelation, memorable entertainment, superb culinary fare, marvelous champagne, and bountiful conversation, all to celebrate our honoree and the myriad ways we bring poetry to the crossroads of American life.

All proceeds benefit the PSA's programs including Poetry in Motion which places poems on subways and buses throughout the country.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY

 

 
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Tuesday, Jul 18, 7:00pm

New York, NY

PSA PRESENTS WITH THE BRYANT PARK READING ROOM: Birds (LLC) in the Park

Join us as poets Dan Magers, Monica McClure, Niina Polari, and Sampson Starweather, each published with the independent poetry press Birds, LLC, read their poetry in Bryant Park.

Dan Magers' books include Partyknife (Birds, LLC, 2012). He is the founder of the online poetry journal Sink Review and the handmade chapbook press Immaculate Disciples Press, which focuses on poetry book and artist collaborations. His newest chapbook Spiritual Grave Year is published by Reality Beach. He lives in Chicago.

Monica McClure is a poet, essayist, and performer based in NYC. Her poetry collections include Tender Data (Birds, LLC, 2015) and Concomitance (Counterpath Press, 2016), among others. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Tin House, jubilat, Fence, and elsewhere.  

Niina Pollari is a poet and translator, and the author of Dead Horse (Birds, LLC 2015). Her most recent project is a split chapbook with the writer merritt k called Total Mood Killer, out now from Tiger Bee Press. 
 

Sampson Starkweather, a founding editor of Birds, LLC,is the author of PAIN: The Board Game (Third Man Books, 2016) and The First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather (Birds, LLC, 2013), as well as nine chapbooks. He works for the Center for the Humanities at the City University of New York Graduate Center and lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Co-sponsored by the Bryant Park Reading Room and the Poetry Society of America
Admission is free.

Bryant Park Reading Room
1065 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY