Spring 2016

NY Events

 

Thursday, Feb 4, 7:00pm

New York, NY

TRIBUTE TO JAMES TATE

An event to honor the acclaimed poet James Tate (1943-2015), featuring poets John Ashbery, Gillian Conoley, Michael Earl Craig, Jorie Graham, Matthea Harvey, Yusef Komunyakaa, Dorothea Lasky, Emily Pettit, Guy Pettit, Srikanth Reddy, Charles Simic, Arisa White, Dean Young, and Matthew Zapruder. The event will be introduced by David Lehman, Associate Professor of Writing, and feature music by Eve Beglarian and Charles Wuorinen and vocals by Maya Sharpe.


Co-sponsored by The New School Creative Writing Program; the Academy of American Poets; Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins; the Poetry Foundation; the Poetry Society of America; Poets & Writers, Poets House; the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers; the Unterberg Poetry Center, and 92nd Street Y.

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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Thursday, Feb 11, 7:00pm

New York, NY

A TRIBUTE TO RUTH STONE

An event honoring the poet Ruth Stone (1915-2011), featuring Matthea Harvey, Edward Hirsch, Major Jackson, Sharon Olds, and Bianca Stone. Rachel Eliza Griffiths and Jennifer Tamayo will read recent work published in the first installment of The Ruth Stone Reader.

Co-sponsored by the Thirteenth Street Repertory Theatre and The Ruth Stone Foundation.

Admission is free.

Thirteenth Street Repertory Theatre
50 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011

 
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Wednesday, Feb 17, 7:00pm

Brookyn, NY

THE PSA READINGS AT BOOKCOURT
Patricia Spears Jones and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

Patricia Spears Jones is the author of A Lucent Fire: New & Selected Poems (White Pine Press, 2015), Painkiller (2010), Femme du Monde (2006), The Weather That Kills (1995), and several chapbooks. A contributing editor at BOMB magazine, she has also served as a program coordinator for the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church and led the New Works Program for the Massachusetts Council of Arts and Humanities. Her honors include grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Art and the New York Community Trust, and residencies at Yaddo, Bread Loaf, and the Millay Colony.  She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is the author of Open Interval, a 2009 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 in collaboration with Elizabeth Alexander. She is currently at work on a third collection, The Coal Tar Colors.

Admission is free.

BookCourt
163 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

 
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Thursday, Feb 25, 7:00pm

New York, NY

A NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION
Eileen Myles, with Alice Quinn

Poet, novelist, performer and art journalist Eileen Myles is the author of nineteen books including I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems and a re-issue of Chelsea Girls, both published in fall 2015, from Ecco/Harper Collins. Her other books include Snowflake/different streets (2012), Inferno: A Poet's Novel (2010), The Importance of Being Iceland: Travel Essays in Art (2009), Sorry, Tree (2007), Tow (2005, with artists Larry C. Collins), Skies (2001), on my way (2001), Cool for You (novel, 2000), School of Fish (1997), Maxfield Parrish (1995), and Not Me (1991). She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital art writers' grant, a Lambda Book Award, and the Shelley Prize from the Poetry Society of America. She lives in Marfa, Texas and New York.

Co-Sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program.

Admission is free.

NOTE NEW ADDRESS:

Tishman Auditorium
Vanderbilt Hall
NYU School of Law
40 Washington Square South

 
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Saturday, Mar 5, 2:00pm

Bronx, NY

Poetry for Every Season with Ada Limón

The poetry on display at the New York Botanical Gardens celebrates spring, flowers, and beauty. Meet Ada Limón during this special reading that compliments the ongoing Poetry Walk, as she reads selected works on nature and poems from her collections, which include Lucky Wreck (Autumn House Press, 2006), winner of the 2005 Autumn House Poetry Prize; This Big Fake World (Pearl Editions, 2006), winner of the 2005 Pearl Poetry Prize; and Sharks in the Rivers (Milkweed Editions, 2010). She received an M.F.A. from the Creative Writing Program at New York University and was a 2001–2002 fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She has also received a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts and won the Chicago Literary Award for Poetry. She splits her time between Lexington, Kentucky and Sonoma, California.

Book signing to begin at 1:30.

Co-sponsored by New York Botanical Garden

Admission is free with All Garden Pass admission to the Botanical Garden.

For directions see www.nybg.org

New York Botanical Garden
Rose Hall
Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road

 
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Wednesday, Mar 23, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE PSA READINGS AT MCNALLY JACKSON:
Kyle Dargan and Camille Rankine

Kyle Dargan is the author of four collections of poetry: The Listening (University of Georgia Press, 2004), which won the Cave Canem Prize, Bouquet of Hungers (2007), awarded the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in poetry, Logorrhea Dementia (2010), and most recently Honest Engine (2015). A former managing editor of Callaloo, he is also the founding editor of the magazine Post no Ills. He is the Director of Creative Writing at American University and lives in Washington DC.

Camille Rankine's first full-length collection of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses was recently published by Copper Canyon Press. She is also the author of the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America's 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship, the recipient of a 2010 "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize, and a finalist for The Poetry Foundation's 2014 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. She has also been awarded a fellowship from the MacDowell Colony, and she was named an Honorary Cave Canem Fellow in 2012. She is Assistant Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Manhattanville College and lives in New York City.

Admission is free.

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012 

 
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Thursday, Mar 24, 7:00pm

New York, NY

Our Common Home:
Celebrating Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Climate Change and Social Justice

Our Common Home was conceived as a response to the remarkable document issued by Pope Francis in 2015.  This inspired work challenges the communities of science, ethics, justice, economics and religion to all imagine an integral ecology based upon compassion and environmental knowledge. His first encyclical letter has energized many in the environmental communities in ways that could have lasting impacts. Our Common Home brings together a range of voices that will explore and reflect on the significance of these writings.

This celebratory evening is anchored by three seminal voices: Mary Evelyn Tucker, Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Divinity school, Elaine Pagels, Professor of Religion at Princeton University, and Arthur Lerner-Lam, Professor and Deputy Director of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. The voices of distinguished poets, artists, musicians and writers, including Jorie Graham, Andrew Sullivan, Scott Chaskey, Timothy Donnelly and Joy Harjo, highlight and sustain the program.

The Pope' Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality, Laudato Si, galvanized a new level of awareness on the moral necessity of addressing the climate crisis. In recognition of this global leadership, we invite you to join musicians, artists, poets and scientists to share perspectives on a multifaceted and holistic path forward in protecting our planet. This gathering at The Cooper Union will be an important moment in recognizing the role of values, ethics, science and spirit in addressing the complex tasks facing OUR COMMON HOME.

Read an interview with Alice Quinn, Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America, about the event.

Co-sponsored by: Urban Green, NRDC, ICP, Continuing Education and Public Programs of The Cooper Union, The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design.

Admission is free. You can register to attend here.

The Great Hall
Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street 

 
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Tuesday, Apr 5, 7:00pm

New York, NY

A Tribute to Jean Valentine

An event to honor Jean Valentine, featuring Michael Burkard, Mark Doty, Ross Gay, Aracelis GirmayJoan Larkin, Anne Marie Macari, Jane MeadElizabeth Metzger, D. Nurkse, Mary Ruefle, Patrick Rosal,  Brian Teare, Ocean Vuong, and Jeffrey Yang.

Co-sponsored with Poets House.
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, Apr 13, 6:30pm

Queens, NY

THE NEW SALON: READINGS AND CONVERSATIONS
with Eamon Grennan

Eamon Grennan, a Dubliner, taught for many years at Vassar College and has also taught in the graduate writing programs of Columbia's School of the Arts and NYU. A recipient of the Lenore Marshall Prize, his recent collections are Out of Sight: New & Selected Poems (Graywolf) and But the Body (Gallery, Ireland).  He has translated the poems of Leopardi (winner of the PEN award in translation) and co-translated (with his partner, Rachel Kitzinger) Oedipus at Colonus (Oxford).  He has also written a
book of critical essays: Facing the Music: Irish Poetry in the 20th Century. His latest volume There Now is forthcoming in the U.S. from Graywolf in autumn 2016. In the past few years he has been writing and directing "plays for voices" for a small Irish group, Curlew Theatre Company. He lives in Poughkeepsie and in Connemara.

Conversation to follow the reading, moderated by Jeff Cassvan, a former student of Grennan's who is the acting director of Irish Studies at Queens College.

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

Admission is free.

Queens College
Godwin Ternbach Museum
Klapper Hall

 
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Wednesday, Apr 20, 7:00pm

New York, NY

106TH ANNUAL POETRY SOCIETY OF AMERICA AWARDS CEREMONY

The evening will honor our 2016 Frost Medalist Grace Schulman, our 2016 Shelley Memorial winner Sonia Sanchez, and winners of our other Annual Awards. 

Admission is free. 

The Grand Ballroom,
The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South

 
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Friday, Apr 29, 7:30pm

New York, NY

Poets and Patriots: The Easter Rising 1916

Ireland's Easter Rising was preceded by a cultural revolution in which The Abbey Theatre was founded "to bring upon the stage the deeper emotions of Ireland." The rebellion itself was led by a group that included many poets. On the centenary of the Rising, in which New York played an important role, the Poetry Society of America presents an extraordinary evening of Irish and American poetry in partnership with Cooper Union, CualaNYC, Culture Ireland and Poets House. With Louis DePaor, Timothy Donnelly, Theo Dorgan, Eamon GrennanJohn Montague, Paul Muldoon, Leanne O'SullivanMaria Tucci and Susan McKeownMick McAuley and The Murphy Beds.
 
For more information visit: www.cualanyc.com

The Great Hall
Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street 
 
 
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Thursday, May 5, 7:00pm

New York, NY

A New Salon: Reading and Conversation
Brenda Shaughnessy, with Deborah Landau

Brenda Shaughnessy was born in Okinawa, Japan and grew up in Southern California. She is the author of Our Andromeda (Copper Canyon Press, 2012), Human Dark with Sugar (2008), winner of the James Laughlin Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Interior with Sudden Joy (FSG, 1999). Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Harper's, The Nation, The Rumpus, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University, Newark, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and daughter.

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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Tuesday, May 10, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE PSA READINGS AT MCNALLY JACKSON:
Derrick Austin and Nate Marshall

Derrick Austin is the author of Trouble the Water (BOA Editions 2016). A Cave Canem Fellow, he earned his MFA at the University of Michigan. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best American Poetry 2015, New England Review,  Four Way Review, Southern Humanities Review, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review,  and other journals and anthologies. He is the Social Media Coordinator for The Offing.

Nate Marshall's first book, Wild Hundreds (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. He is a coeditor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (2015).  He is the star of the award winning full-length documentary Louder Than a Bomb and has been featured on the HBO original series Brave New Voices. Marshall received the 2014 Hurston/Wright Founding Members Award for College Writers and the 2013 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award. In 2015, he was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.

Admission is free. 

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012 

 
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Tuesday, May 24

Bronx, NY

Poetry Society of America's Spring Benefit Dinner Honoring Billy Collins and Poetry's Philanthropists

On May 24th, 2016, at our annual spring benefit at The New York Botanical Garden, the Poetry Society of America will honor Laura Baudo Sillerman, a great champion of poetry who will be accepting on behalf of all poetry's philanthropists, and her friend of many years, Billy Collins, one of our country's most admired and popular poets.

The New York Botanical Garden is one of New York's most magical places, and the evening will include a private tour of their highly anticipated spring exhibit, Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas.

Honorary Chair Paul Simon and Benefit Chairs Garrison Keillor and Laurie David invite you to Join us for an incandescent evening of botanical splendor, artistic revelation, memorable entertainment, superb culinary fare, marvelous champagne, and bountiful conversation, all to celebrate our honorees and the myriad ways we bring poetry to the crossroads of American life,  including our city's subway cars and buses, and—in conjunction with every major new exhibit-- the grounds of the incomparable New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.

The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY

 
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Wednesday, Jun 8, 6:30pm

New York, NY

THE PSA READINGS AT MCNALLY JACKSON:
DELMORE SCHWARTZ, A READING AND CONVERSATION with Adam Kirsch and Craig Morgan Teicher

With much of Delmore Schwartz's work out of print for decades, Once and For All: The Best of Delmore Schwartz (New Directions, April 2016) restores a missing chapter in the history of twentieth-century American literature. Join us for a reading and conversation with prominent Schwartz admirers Adam Kirsch and Craig Morgan Teicher.

Adam Kirsch is the author of three books of poems, most recently Emblems of the Passing World: Poems after Photographs by August Sander. He is the author of The Wounded Surgeon: Confession and Transformation in Six American Poets, which includes a study of the work of Delmore Schwartz.

Craig Morgan Teicher is the author of several books of poems and prose, most recently To Keep Love Blurry. He is the editor of Once and For All: The Best of Delmore Schwartz.

Admission is free. 

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012 

 
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Wednesday, Jun 22, 7:00pm

New York, NY

The Poetry Society of America Chapbook Reading

Come celebrate the 13th Anniversary of the PSA Chapbook Fellowship with readings by 2016 Chapbook Fellows
Adriana Cloud, Monica Sok, Sarah Trudgeon, and Amanda Turner alongside this year's poet-judges Marilyn Chin, Jane Hirshfield, and A. Van Jordan.

Admission is free.

The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park
New York, NY  

 
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Tuesday, Jun 28, 7:00pm

New York, NY

PSA PRESENTS WITH THE BRYANT PARK READING ROOM: Celebrating Poetry in Translation with New York Review of Books

Join us as renowned translators Hiroaki Sato, Richard Sieburth, Matvei Yankelevich, and Jason Weiss read from their NYRB Poets translations of Sakutarō Hagiwara (Japanese), Louise Labé (French), Alexander Vvedensky (Russian), and Silvina Ocampo (Spanish), respectively, and share their insight and experiences on the process of translation.

Co-sponsored by the Bryant Park Reading Room & New York Review of Books

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