Fall 2017

NY Events

 

Tuesday, Sep 12, 7:00pm

New York, NY

DANTE AMONG FRIENDS
with Robin Coste Lewis, Kevin Young, and Terrance McKnight

On the occasion of the exhibition Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends, MoMA published Robert Rauschenberg: Thirty-Four Illustrations for Dante's Inferno, featuring newly commissioned works by acclaimed poets Kevin Young and Robin Coste Lewis that respond to Rauschenberg's celebrated series and offer a personal vision of hell. On September 12, Young and Coste Lewis will read a selection of these works in an evening of poetry and music curated by WQXR's Terrance McKnight and performed by a host of extraordinary invited guests. An exploration of Rauschenberg's conversation with Dante across the centuries, this special evening celebrates creativity in dialogue among friends. 

This program is made possible by The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA's Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.

Purchase of a ticket to this program includes free admission to the Museum through the run of Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends, closing September 17. 

Tickets are available here.
Museum of Modern Art
11 W 53rd Street
New YorkNY 10019
 
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Friday, Sep 15, 7:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

A TRIBUTE TO MARIANNE MOORE

Marianne Moore's New Collected Poems recently published by Farrar Straus & Giroux is a landmark edition of the work of one of the major innovators of poetic modernism. The editor Heather Cass White joins Margo Jefferson, Timothy Donnelly, Maureen N. McLane, and Eleanor Chai to read favorite poems from the new collection.  The evening also includes actors Patrick Breen and Maria Tucci reading excerpts from the correspondence Moore conducted with the scrupulously diplomatic representative from the Ford Motor Company, which invited her suggestions for its new line of car. (The company bemusedly resisted these, including Utopian Turtletop, and named the car Edsel after one of Henry Ford's sons.) Highlights from Moore's collaboration with Cassius Clay on his album I Am the Greatest will also be featured, and the evening will include members of the Brooklyn Art Song Society performing two songs Virgil Thompson set to Moore poems.

At 6: 30 PM, we welcome you to join us at the Camperdown Elm in Prospect Park and spend some time admiring the tree while reading Moore's poem "The Camperdown Elm."

This is a Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event.

Presented in collaboration with the Brooklyn Public Library, Farrar, Straus & Giroux,  and Prospect Park Alliance.

Free and open to the public.

Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

 
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Sunday, Sep 17

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 Kaveh Akbar, Will Brewer, Carolyn Forché, Robin Coste Lewis, Layli Long Soldier, Aja Monet, Meghan O'Rourke, Morgan Parker, Tommy PicoErika L. Sánchez, sam sax, Nicole SealeyDanez Smith, Mai Der Vang, and Javier Zamora.

Brooklyn Borough Hall and surrounding venues.

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

 
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Tuesday, Sep 26, 6:00pm

New York, NY

POETS SPEAK:
Charles Bernstein & Sergio Bessa on Mira Schendel

In conjunction with the exhibition 'Mira Schendel. Sarrafos and Black and White Works,' Hauser & Wirth and the Poetry Society of America co-present a reading and talk with Charles Bernstein and Sergio Bessa on Schendel's work, the Noigandres poets and concrete poetry, as well as a reading of poetry by Brazilian poet and close friend of Schendel's Haroldo de Campos (1929–2003).

Charles Bernstein is the Donald T. Regan Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His most recent collection of critical essays is Pitch of Poetry and his most recent poetry collections include Recalculating and All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems.

Sergio Bessa is the Bronx Museum's Director of Curatorial and Education Programs. He has contributed texts to numerous catalogues, anthologies, and scholarly journals, and is the author of Öyvind Fahlström: The Art of Writing and a co-editor and translator of Haroldo de Campos' Novas: Selected Writings.

Free and open to the public. 

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

 
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Thursday, Sep 28, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION
Meghan O'Rourke, with Deborah Landau

Meghan O'Rourke is the author of three poetry collections Sun in Days (W. W. Norton, 2017), Once (2011), and Halflife (2007), as well as a memoir, The Long Goodbye (Riverhead, 2012). She has received  a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship, among others. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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, Oct 5, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION
Nicole Sealey, with Alice Quinn

Nicole Sealey is the author of Ordinary Beast (Ecco, 2017) and The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named, winner of the 2015 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. Her other honors include an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from The American Poetry Review, as well as fellowships from CantoMundo, Cave Canem, MacDowell Colony and the Poetry Project.  She is the executive director at Cave Canem Foundation, Inc.

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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Tuesday, Oct 24, 7:00pm

New York, NY

POETRY IN MOTION 25th ANNIVERSARY RECEPTION

Since 1992, the Poetry Society of America and New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority have joined forces to present poems in one of the most beloved public art programs in America. Currently the program pairs poetry with art from MTA Arts & Design installations, catching readers' eyes on their daily journey.
Join us at the National Arts Club for a cocktail reception to toast the programs's 25th anniversary. Poetry in Motion poets Billy Collins, Aracelis Girmay, Major Jackson, Ada Limón, Jim Moore, Paul Muldoon, Marilyn Nelson, Patrick Phillips, Katha Pollitt, and Kevin Young will be in attendance and read from their work. 

Cocktail Reception & Reading

The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park
New York, NY

You can purchase a ticket here.

Proceeds from the event support PSA's public programs.
 
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Wednesday, Oct 25, 6:00pm

New York, NY

THE BEST OF POETRY IN MOTION: CELEBRATING 25 YEARS ON SUBWAYS AND BUSES

Since 1992, the Poetry Society of America and New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority have joined forces to present poems in one of the most beloved public art programs in America. On the occasion of the publication of a new anniversary anthology of 100 poems, The Best of Poetry in Motion: Celebrating 25 years on Subways and Buses, many of the poets featured will gather to read their own contributions and favorites by others--among them Billy CollinsAracelis Girmay, Major Jackson, Ada Limón, Jim Moore, Paul Muldoon, Marilyn Nelson, Patrick Phillips, Katha Pollitt, and Kevin Young.

Free and open to the public. Reserve your seat here.

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
Bruno Walter Auditorium
111 Amsterdam Avenue

 
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Thursday, Nov 2, 7:00pm

New York, NY

AIR THIS PAIN AND ALTER IT:
WHAT CAN POETRY DO?

As part of the Poetry Society of America's 2017-2018 national series of this title, distinguished poets and writers present poems which speak to our contemporary moment. Featured writers include Eduardo C. CorralNick Flynn, Kimiko HahnBob HicokJane Hirshfield, Tyehimba Jess, Gregory Pardlo, and Jacqueline Woodson.

Co-sponsored by Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative and the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY with support from the Ford Foundation.

Free and open to the public.

Proshansky Auditorium
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY   

 
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Monday, Nov 13, 7:30pm

New York, NY

A CELEBRATION OF GWENDOLYN BROOKS
with Elizabeth Alexander, Tyehimba Jess, Yusef Komunyakaa, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Marilyn Nelson, Atsuro Riley, Sapphire, Solmaz Sharif, and Patricia Smith

The 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center hosts an evening of readings to celebrate the centenary of Gwendolyn Brooks as part of a year-long, nationwide tribute to one of America's most influential poets.

Co-sponsored by Our Miss Brooks: A Centennial Celebration, the Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem Foundation, the NYU Creative Writing Program, the Poetry Society of America, Poets House and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (NYPL).

Tickets can be purchased here.

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

 
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Thursday, Nov 16, 7:00pm

New York, NY

A CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF GWENDOLYN BROOKS with Jericho Brown, Cornelius Eady, Rigoberto González, Darryl Pinckney, Evie Shockley, and Patricia Smith.

A major American poet of the twentieth century, Gwendolyn Brooks is a writer of great formal mastery and intimate observation, most beautifully of the Chicago communities she writes of, the people who make "a sugar of/The malocclusions, the inconditions of love." The author of twenty separate volumes of poetry, including the celebrated A Street in Bronzeville (1945), the Pulitzer Prize-winning Annie Allen (1949), and In the Mecca (1968), as well as the experimental novel Maude Martha (1953) and other volumes of prose and collected verse, Brooks is a writer who "managed to bridge the gap between the academic poets of her generation in the 1940s and the young black militant writers of the 1960s" (George E. Kent). In her work, "Brooks never feared or shirked what she fervently believed was her responsibility; that sense of responsibility shaped her very aesthetic. Few poets walk with such integrity" (Elizabeth Alexander).
  
Presented as a part of Our Miss Brooks 100 with the Poetry Society of America, the Barnard Center for Research on Women, and the Columbia Heyman Center for the Humanities.

Free and open to the public.
Barnard
Held Lecture Hall
Barnard Hall, 3rd Floor