Spring 2016

All 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.

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

 
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Tuesday, Mar 15, 7:00pm

New Orleans, LA

THE NEW SALON: READINGS AND CONVERSATIONS
Eduardo C. Corral, with Peter Cooley

Eduardo C. Corral is a CantoMundo fellow. He holds degrees from Arizona State University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2012, Beloit Poetry Journal, Huizache, Jubilat, New England Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, and Quarterly West. His work has been honored with a "Discovery"/The Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry, and writing residencies to the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo.  Slow Lightning, his first book of poems, was selected by Carl Phillips as the 2011 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. 

Co-Sponsored by Tulane University

Admission is free. Reception to follow.

Tulane University
Stone Auditorium
Woldenberg Art Center

 
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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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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 Girmay, Jody GladdingDavid HintonJoan 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 27

New York, NY

106TH ANNUAL POETRY SOCIETY OF AMERICA AWARDS CEREMONY

The evening will honor our 2016 Frost Medalists and winners of our Annual Awards. 

Admission is free. 

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

 
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Thursday, Apr 28, 6:30pm

Boston, MA

THE GLORIES OF POETRY IN TRANSLATION
with Rhina P. Espaillat, David Ferry, and Ellen Doré Watson, hosted by Robert Pinsky

Join us as Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky hosts renowned poets and translators Rhina P. Espaillat, David Ferry, and Ellen Doré Watson, who will read from their translated works and share insights and stories on the experience and process of translation. 

Rhina P. Espaillat has published thirteen books comprising poetry, essays and short stories, in both English and her native Spanish, and translations from and into Spanish. Her work appears in numerous journals and anthologies and has earned many national and international awards. Recent works include Her Place in These Designs and Spanish translations of Richard Wilbur (Oscura fruta/Dark Berries: Forty-two Poems by Richard Wilbur) and Robert Frost (Algo hay que no es amigo de los muros/Something There Is that Doesn't Love a Wall: Forty Poems by Robert Frost.)

David Ferry is an acclaimed American poet and translator. Ferry's translations, which include some of the world's major works of poetry including The Odes of Horace and both The Eclogues and Georgics of Virgil, are known for their fluency and grace. In addition to his lauded translations, Ferry is also a prize-winning poet in his own right. He has won numerous awards for both his translations and his poetry.

Ellen Doré Watson directs the Poetry Center at Smith College and has translated a dozen books from the Portuguese, most notably poetry by Brazilian Adélia Prado, including Ex-Voto (Tupelo) and The Mystical Rose (Bloodaxe, 2014). She has also published four books of her own poetry, most recently Dogged Hearts (Tupelo, 2010) and translations from the Arabic with co-translator Saadi Simawi. Watson serves on the faculty of the Drew University Graduate Program in Poetry and Translation and as Poetry & Translation Editor of The Massachusetts Review.

Co-sponsored by Mass Poetry.

First Parish Church, Helverson Parlor
Three Church Street (Harvard Square)
Cambridge, MA 02138
 

 
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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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Wednesday, Jun 8, 7:00pm

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