Last Friday, April 5th, in the Grand Gallery of our home base, the National Arts Club at 15 Gramercy Park, we hosted the 103rd Annual Awards Ceremony of the Poetry Society of America. I cannot imagine a better account of the proceedings than that written by Madge McKeithen for the Best American Poetry blog. All photographs below were taken by Lawrence Schwartzwald.
Robert Bly, the 2013 Poetry Society of America Frost Medalist, with his daughter Mary.
Martín Espada, the 2013 c0-winner of the Poetry Society of America's Shelley Memorial Award
Robert and Ruth Bly.
Marilyn Nelson, the 2012 Frost Medalist, and a 2013 judge of the Shelley Memorial Award.
Naomi Replansky (right), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award, and Eva Kollisch (left).
Robert Bly receiving the Frost Medal, with his daughter Mary, and Poetry Society of America Board President, Ruth Kaplan.
This Wednesday, April 10th the PSA heads to Vanderbilt Hall West in Grand Central to join the MTA's Arts for Transit and Urban Design in presenting Keeping Time: Poets and Musicians Honor Grand Central on the occasion of Grand Central's Centennial. Several of the poets included in the relaunch of our popular Poetry in Motion program will be on hand—among them Billy Collins, Aracelis Girmay, and Jeffrey Yang, and they will be joined by Marie Howe, New York State Poet Laureate, Eduardo C. Corral, winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize for his 2012 debut collection, Slow Lightning, and Bob Holman, Artistic Director of Bowery Arts + Sciences.
Featured musicians from the MTA's Music Under New York Program include Yaz Band (a jazz, funk, and R & B band), Mariachi Flor de Toloache, the first and only established all female mariachi band. Salieu Suso, a Gabian Kora player, and Hot Sardines, a New Orleans Style Swing Jazz Band.
The program begins at 7 PM in Vanderbilt West in Grand Central.