Fall 2014

All Events

 

Saturday, Jan 18, 5:00pm

Los Angeles, CA

A TRIBUTE TO WANDA COLEMAN (1946-2013)

Celebrating the work of the beloved and distinguished Los Angeles poet, with readings by Stephen Kessler, Ron Koertge, Laurel Ann Bogen, Charles Harper Webb, Terrance Hayes,  Douglas Kearney, Michael Datcher, Suzanne Lummis, Sesshu Foster, Jack and Adelle Foley, Will Alexander, Cecilia Woloch, Robin Coste Lewis, and Austin Straus.

Co-Sponsored by Red Hen Press and ALOUD at Central Library

Admission is free.

Los Angeles Central Library
Mark Taper Auditorium
630 W. Fifth Street

 
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Thursday, Jan 23, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE POETRY SOCIETY READINGS AT MCNALLY JACKSON with Natalie Diaz & Roger Reeves

Natalie Diaz is the author of the collection When My Brother Was an Aztec (2012). She has received the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry from Bread Loaf, the Narrative Poetry Prize, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship.

Roger Reeves is the author of King Me (2013). He was awarded a 2013 NEA Fellowship, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship by the Poetry Foundation in 2008, an Alberta H. Walker Scholarship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and two Cave Canem Fellowships. He teaches poetry at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Admission is free.

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street

 
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Friday, Jan 31, 7:00pm

New York, NY

The Forgotten Dialogue of the Heart (El dialecto olvidado del corazón) a selection of poems by Jack Gilbert. Translated by Eva Gasteazoro.
Readers include Alice Quinn, Linda Gregg, and Silvia Molloy.

Eva Gasteazoro is a performance artist, writer, translator, and teacher originally from Nicaragua, living in NYC since 1983. Since coming to New York, her theater work has been presented at the Manhattan Theater Club, Dance Theater Workshop, Dixon Place, P.S. 122, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the Whitney Museum, the Public Theater, and numerous other venues in NYC. Dance Theater Workshop's Suitcase Fund produced her work internationally and throughout the U.S.

Co-presented with McNally Jackson Bookstore

McNally Jackson Bookstore
52 Prince St
New York,  New York

 
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Wednesday, Feb 5, 6:30pm

Queens, NY

*POSTPONED*

LITERARY LEGACIES:
Lynn Emanuel & Terrance Hayes

Literary Legacies explores issues of influence among noteworthy contemporary poets. This latest installment of the series pairs former teacher and student, Lynn Emanuel and Terrance Hayes, to read from their work and discuss their cross-generational conversation. Moderated by Queens College MFA alumna Zakia Henderson-Brown.

Lynn Emanuel is the author of Noose and Hook (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010), Then, Suddenly— (1999), The Dig (1992), and Hotel Fiesta (1984). She has received the Eric Matthieu King Award from the Academy of American Poets and two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is a Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.

Terrance Hayes is the author of Wind in a Box (Penguin 2006), Hip Logic (Penguin 2002), Muscular Music (Tia Chucha Press, 1999) and Lighthead (2010). Among his awards and honors are the National Book Award in 2010, a Whiting Writers Award, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He is a Professor of Creative Writing at University of Pittsburgh. 

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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Thursday, Feb 13, 7:30pm

New Orleans, LA

THE NEW SALON AT TULANE UNIVERSITY:
READINGS AND CONVERSATIONS
Roger Sedarat with Peter Cooley

Roger Sedarat is the author of Dear Regime: Letters to the Islamic Republic, which won Ohio University Press's Hollis Summers' Prize, and Ghazal Games (Ohio UP, 2011). He teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Queens College, City University of New York. He also teaches and writes on 19th and 20th century American literature and Middle Eastern-American literature.

Co-Sponsored by Tulane University

Admission is free. Reception to follow.

Tulane University
Freeman Auditorium
Woldenberg Art Center

 
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Thursday, Feb 20, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY:
READINGS AND CONVERSATIONS
Cathy Park Hong with Deborah Landau

Cathy Park Hong is the author of Translating Mo'um (2002), Dance Dance Revolution (2007), and Engine Empire (2013). Among her awards and honors are a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and a Village Voice Fellowship for Minority Reporters.

Co-sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program.

Admission is free.

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

 
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Thursday, Feb 27, 4:30pm

Seattle, WA

READING AND CONVERSATION
with Elizabeth Alexander & Frank Bidart,
moderated by Alice Quinn

Elizabeth Alexander is the author of Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010 (Graywolf Press, 2010), American Sublime (2005), Antebellum Dream Book (2001), Body of Life (1996), and The Venus Hottentot (1990). She has received the Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John S. Guggenheim Foundation.  She was President Barack Obama's first Inaugural Poet.
 

Frank Bidart is the author of  numerous books of poetry including Metaphysical Dog (2013), nominated for the National book Award,  In the Western Night: Collected Poems 1965-90 (1990), Desire (1997), Music Like Dirt (2002), Star Dust (2005), Watching the Spring Festival (2008), and, most recentl,y Metaphysical Dog (2013). He co-edited Robert Lowell's Collected Poems (2003) with David Gewanter, and his chapbook, Music Like Dirt, is the only chapbook to be nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Since 1972, he has taught at Wellesley College.

Washington State Convention Center
800 Convention Place

 
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Thursday, Mar 6, 6:00pm

New York, NY

E. E. CUMMINGS & EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY: 20TH CENTURY STARS
with Blair Brown, Susan Cheever, Billy Collins, and Nancy Milford

Blair Brown is a theater, film, and television actress. She won the 2000 Tony Award for Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in Copenhagen. She played Nina Sharp in the television series Fringe.

Susan Cheever is the author of E.E. Cummings: A Life, just published by Alfred A. Knopf. She is also the author of fourteen books—among them Louisa May AlcottAmerican BloomsburyHome Before Dark, and Looking for Work. A Guggenheim fellow and a member of the Yaddo Corporation, she currently teaches at the MFA programs at Bennington College and The New School. She lives in New York City.

Billy Collins is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Aimless Love: New and Selected PoemsHoroscopes for the DeadBallistics; and Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems. He served as U.S. Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003.

Nancy Milford is the author of Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Zelda: A Biography. She has been an Annenberg Fellow at Brown University, a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, and has received Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships.

Admission is free.

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Bruno Walter Auditorium
111 Amsterdam Avenue
between 64th and 65th 

 
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Tuesday, Mar 11, 7:00pm

New York, NY

3:3 PHOTOGRAPHY AND POETRY
A collaboration with Lynn Melnick & Ashley Stohl

This third of three installments of an innovative new series features Los Angeles-based photographer Ashley Stohl with images of teenage skateboarders in abstracted forms and poet Lynn Melnick reading her poems inspired by Stohl's images. Followed by a discussion of their collaboration.

This event is co-sponsored by Hahnemühle, Vela Noche and the Penumbra Foundation.

Admissions is free, but reservations are requested. RSVP to the Center for Alternative Photography by sending an e-mail to: info@capworkshops.org.

Center for Alternative Photography
36 East 30th Street

 
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Wednesday, Mar 19, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE POETRY SOCIETY READINGS AT MCNALLY JACKSON with Adrian Matejka & Aaron Smith

Adrian Matejka is the author of The Devil's Garden (2003), which won a New York/New England Award from Alice James Books; Mixology (2009), a National Poetry Series selection; and The Big Smoke (2013), a finalist for the National Book Award. He has received fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, Cave Canem, and the Lannan Foundation. He teaches creative writing at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Aaron Smith is the author of two books of poetry both published by the University of Pittsburgh Press: Appetite, a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Publishing Triangle's Thom Gunn Award, and Blue on Blue Ground, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. His chapbooks include: Men in Groups and What's Required, winner of the Frank O'Hara Award. He is Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Admission is free.

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street

 
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Thu-Fri, Mar 20-21

Boston, MA

THE LANDSCAPE LISTENS:
THE VOICES OF WOMEN IN AMERICAN POETRY
with Sonia Sanchez, Robert Pinsky, Lucie Brock-Broido, Jericho Brown, Marie Howe, Vijay Seshadri, Jane Shore, Henri Cole, CD Wright, Afaa Weaver, Colette Inez, and Franz Wright.

The PSA 2014 national series The Voices of Women in American Poetry celebrates the immense achievement of a wide range of poets, from Phillis Wheatley and Anne Bradstreet to Adrienne Rich and Lucille Clifton.  Distinguished contemporary poets--both male and female--will gather in five cities around the country to discuss an important female predecessor and her influence on their life and work. 

PART I:

Thursday Evening - March 20
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm     
Kick off event: The Landscape Listens: Readings with Lucie Brock-Broido, Jericho Brown, Marie Howe, Sonia Sanchez, Vijay Seshadri, Afaa Michael Weaver, C.D. Wright

 PART II:

Friday Afternoon - March 21

Panel One on Friday at 1 PM:
Jericho Brown on Ai
Marie Howe on Jane Kenyon
Afaa Michael Weaver on Lucille Clifton
C.D.Wright on Besmilr Moore Brigham

Panel Two on Friday at 2 PM:
Lucie Brock-Broido on Emily Dickinson
Henri Cole on Sylvia Plath
Colette Inez on Emma Lazarus
Franz Wright on Marguerite Young

Panel Three on Friday at 3 PM:
Robert Pinsky on Louise Bogan
Sonia Sanchez on Gwendolyn Brooks
Vijay Seshadri on Adrienne Rich
Jane Shore on Elizabeth Bishop

 

PART III:
Friday Evening - March 21
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm     
Public reception 

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm      
The Landscape Listens: Readings 
with Lucie Brock-Broido, Jericho Brown, Henri Cole, Colette Inez, Marie Howe, Robert Pinsky, Sonia Sanchez, Vijay Seshadri, Jane Shore, Afaa Michael Weaver, C.D. Wright, Franz Wright

Metcalf Ballroom
George Sherman Union
775 Commonwealth Avenue, Second Floor
Boston, Massachusetts  02215 

 
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Monday, Mar 24, 5:30pm

Washington DC

THE VOICE OF WOMEN IN AMERICAN POETRY
with Hailey Leithauser & Shara McCallum

The second installment in our 2014 national series celebrating the poetic achievements of American women.

Hailey Leithauser is the author of Swoop (2013), which won the Poetry Foundation's Emily Dickinson First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in many excellent journals, including Poetry, Agni Online,  Crazyhorse, the Gettysburg Review, and the Iowa Review, as well as Best American Poetry (2007). She is the recipient of the Discovery/The Nation Prize and an Individual Artist's Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Shara McCallum is the author of Song of Thieves (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003) and The Water Between Us (1999), winner of the 1998 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. Her poems have appeared in The Antioch Review, Chelsea, The Iowa Review, and Verse. She is the recipient of a Tennessee Individual Artist Grant in Literature and a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund.

Co-sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Folger Elizabethan Theatre
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE  

 
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Tuesday, Mar 25, 7:00pm

New York, NY

Poets Translate Poets: A Hudson Review Anthology

Please join us for an evening of world poetry in translation, with readings by Daniel MendelsohnLore Segal, Charles Martin, and Lorna Knowles Blake.  Each will be reading their own translations from Poets Translate Poets: A Hudson Review Anthology, as well as translations by such iconic figures as Marianne Moore, Ezra Pound, and others, and speaking about the difficulties and pleasures of translation. 

A reception will take place before the reading at 6pm.
RSVP's required: sulubin@syr.edu by March 20.

Co-sponsored with Syracuse University Press and The Hudson Review

Lubin House
Syracuse University
11 E. 61st Street
 
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Tuesday, Apr 1, 7:00pm

New York

CUNY Chapfest Opening Reception and Panel Discussion: The New American Poetry and Beyond

Please join us for a panel discussion with publisher Steve Clay and young poetry scholars from the CUNY Grad Center on "The New American Poetry," celebrating the opening of The New American Poetry and Beyond: A Pop-Up Chapbook Exhibition.

Co-presented with the CUNY Chapfest and Poets House.

Poets House
10 River Terrace

 
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Wednesday, Apr 2, 7:00pm

New York, NY

2014 PSA CHAPBOOK FELLOWSHIP READING

Come celebrate the 11th Anniversary of the PSA Chapbook Fellowship with readings by 2014 Chapbook Fellows Xavier CavazosMRB ChelkoTyler Flynn Dorholtand Alicia Salvadeo, alongside three of this year's poet-judges  Nick Flynnand John Yau, and poets Bob Holman and David Rivard.

Co-sponsored with CUNY Chapfest.

Preceded by a public Chapfest reception at 6pm.

The Graduate Center, CUNY
Elebash Recital Hall
365 Fifth Avenue

 
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Thursday, Apr 3

New York, NY

CHAPFEST BOOK FAIR, 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Swing by the day-long annual book far, where you will find chapbooks on sale, along with hand printed ephemera and limited edition fasciles, and book-binding demos from a variety of small presses and independent publishers. 

Co-sponsored with CUNY Chapfest.

Admission is free. 

The Graduate Center, CUNY 
Proshansky Auditorium
365 Fifth Avenue

 
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Thursday, Apr 3, 7:00pm

New York, NY

"Why Afghan Women Risk Death to Write Poetry" with Eliza Griswold, Asila Wardak,Elizabeth Rubin, and Alice Quinn.

Celebrating the launch of I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan, an eye-opening collection of clandestine poems by Afghan women. Eliza Griswold will be reading select poems from her collection of Afghan landays with Asila Wardak, Minister Counselor of the Permanent Mission to Afghanistan, to be followed by conversation with the New York Times' Elizabeth Rubin (introduction by Alice Quinn of the Poetry Society).

 McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince St. 

 
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Sunday, Apr 6, 2:00pm

The Bronx, NY

POETRY FOR EVERY SEASON AT THE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN

The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary
with Tracy K. Smith, David Yezzi & Henri Cole

In conjunction with the NYBG's display of a stunning array of orchids from Key West, a Poetry Walk on the grounds will feature the work of three major American poets who made their homes on the island in the 20th century.

At this featured reading, distinguished contemporaries will read and pay tribute to these predecessors:

Tracy K. Smith reads Elizabeth Bishop
David Yezzi reads Richard Wilbur
Henri Cole reads James Merrill

Co-sponsored by the New York Botanical Garden
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Admission is free with All Garden Pass admission to the Botanical Garden.

For directions see www.nybg.org

New York Botanical Garden
Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road
2900 Southern Blvd, New York, NY 10458

 
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Wednesday, Apr 9, 7:00pm

New York, NY

104TH ANNUAL POETRY SOCIETY OF AMERICA AWARDS CEREMONY

The evening will honor our 2014 Frost Medalist Gerald Stern, who will deliver the annual Frost Lecture, and celebrate the winners of our Annual Awards with readings by Helen RossTom Thompson,Timothy DonnellyDore Kiesselbachr. erica doyleRon Padgett, and Bernadette Mayer.

Admission is free.

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

 
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Thursday, Apr 10, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY:
READINGS AND CONVERSATIONS
Cyrus Cassells with Charif Shanahan

Cyrus Cassells is the author of The Crossed-Out Swastika (Copper Canyon Press, 2012); More Than Peace and Cypresses (2004); Beautiful Signor (1997), which won the Lambda Literary Award; Soul Make a Path Through Shouting (1994), which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and received the PSA's William Carlos Williams Award; and The Mud Actor (1982), which was a National Poetry Series selection. He teaches poetry at the Texas State University-San Marcos.

Co-sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program.

Admission is free.

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

 
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Sunday, Apr 13, 2:00pm

New York, NY

“The City Drifting”: Celebrating the Poetry of Alice Notley

Each year, the festival celebrates a poet with strong ties to downtown literary culture; last year's inaugural festival featured Frank O'Hara. This year, Timothy Donnelly, Lynn Melnick, Rachel Zucker, Marcella Durand, John Godfrey, Stacy Szymaszek, Kim Lyons, Filip Marinovic, Charif Shanahan, Erica Kaufman, John Coletti, and Patricia Spears Jones read chosen poems from Alice Notley's work.

The Bowery Poetry Club 
308 Bowery 
 
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Thursday, Apr 24, 7:00pm

Los Angeles, CA

THE VOICE OF WOMEN IN AMERICAN POETRY
with Toi Derricotte, Marilyn Chin, and Percival Everett

The PSA's 2014 National Series pays tribute to the immense achievement of a wide range of poets, from Phillis Wheatley to Adrienne Rich, Ai, June Jordan, and Wanda Coleman.

Toi Derricotte
is the author of many books of poems, including The Undertaker's Daughter (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011) and Tender (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997), which won the 1998 Paterson Poetry Prize; Captivity (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1989). She was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2012. She is currently a Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh

Marilyn Chin is the author of Rhapsody in Plain Yellow (W.W. Norton & Co., 2002); The Phoenix Gone, The Terrace Empty (1994); and Dwarf Bamboo (1987). Chin has won awards from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has received a Stegner Fellowship, the PEN/Josephine Miles Award, four Pushcart Prizes, the Paterson Prize, and a Fulbright Fellowship to Taiwan.

Percival Everett is the author of re:f (2006) and Swimming Swimmers Swimming (2010). Among his awards and honors are the PEN Center USA Award, Academy Award in Literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New American Writing Award, and PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award. He also received an honorary Doctorate in 2008 from the College of Santa Fe.

Co-Sponsored by ALOUD at Central Library

Admission is free.

Los Angeles Central Library
Mark Taper Auditorium
630 W. Fifth Street

 
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Sat-Sun, Apr 26-27

New York, NY

Poetry in Motion Springfest at Grand Central 11am-6pm

Please join MTA Arts for Transit & Urban Design and the Poetry Society of America for a two-day poetry festival Poetry in Motion Springfest on April 26 and 27.  Held in Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall from 11am to 6pm, the celebration will feature poetry activities for people of all ages, including call-and-response recitations, a booth where the public can receive personalized poems, a writing station for young people(space is limited; RSVP required; www.nycharities.org), art projections by Gabriel Barcia-Colombo, interactive poetry installations and more. New York State Poet Laureate Marie Howe, Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang, Bob Holman, and others will participate.  

For more additional information please read the Press Release.

Free and open to the public.

Vanderbilt Hall
Grand Central Terminal
89 E 42nd Street

 

 
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Saturday, Apr 26, 5:30pm

New York, NY

JIMMY'S BLUES: THE POETRY OF JAMES BALDWIN

As part of NYLA's week-long festival The Year of James Baldwin, this poetry event will feature conversations about and readings from Badlwin's only book of poems, Jimmy's Blues and Other Poems (Beacon), with renowned poets Nikky Finney, Edward Hirsch, Yusef Komunyakaa, Ed Pavlic, Nathalie Handal, and Meghan O'Rourke.
 
Co-presented with New York Live Arts. 

New York Live Arts Studios
219 W 19th Street
 
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Tuesday, Apr 29, 7:00pm

Pasadena, CA

L.A. SPOTLIGHT SERIES
RON KOERTGE & ROBIN COSTE LEWIS

Ron Koertge is the author of Indigo (2009), Fever (2006), and Making Love to Roget's Wife (1997). His novels and novels-in-verse for young readers include Shakespeare Bats Cleanup (2006), The Brimstone Journals (2004), and Stoner & Spaz (2004). He is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a California Arts Council grant.

Robin Coste Lewis is a Provost's Fellow in English and Visual Studies at the University of Southern California, where she is working on the history of photography and poetry.  A Cave Canem Fellow, she received her MFA from New York University's Creative Writing Program where she was a Goldwater Fellow in poetry.  She also holds a Master's of Theological Studies degree in Sanskrit and comparative religious literature from Harvard University's Divinity School. She was a finalist for the International War Poetry Prize, the National Rita Dove Prize, and semi-finalist for the "Discovery"/Boston Review Prize and the Crab Orchard Series Open Poetry Prize.  She has taught at Wheaton College, Hunter College, Hampshire College and the NYU Low-Residency MFA in Paris. Born in Compton, California, her family is from New Orleans.

Co-Sponsored by Red Hen Press.

Boston Court
70 North Mentor Avenue

 

 
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Sunday, May 4, 2:00pm

Oyster Bay, NY

A Reading of Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay and Mary Stewart Hammond
with Mary Stewart Hammond and Alice Quinn

During the years of great triumph for Elsie de Wolfe and Charles Duveen, Edna St. Vincent Millay was one of the most popular poets America had ever known, combining modernist attitudes with traditional forms, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1923 at age 31, and becoming (according to her biographer, Nancy Milford) "the herald of the New Woman." She was also—along with Robert Frost—a supreme sonneteer.

Alice Quinn is executive director of the Poetry Society of America, which awarded Millay its highest honor, the Gold Medal, in 1943. Quinn was poetry editor at The New Yorker from 1987-2007. She will be joined in her reading of Millay's poems by the celebrated contemporary poet Mary Stewart Hammond, who will also read poems of her own. Hammond is the author of the award-winning collection Out of Canaan, and she has published widely in journals and magazines, including The New YorkerThe Paris ReviewThe Atlantic, and The New York Times Book Review.


Co-presented with Planting Fields Foundation and Arboretum State Historic Park

1395 Planting Fields Rd 
Oyster Bay, NY 
 
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Thursday, May 8, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY:
READINGS AND CONVERSATIONS
J. D. McClatchy with Alice Quinn

J.D. McClatchy is the author of six books of poetry, including Mercury Dressing (2009); Hazmat (Alfred A. Knopf, 2002) which was nominated for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize; Ten Commandments (1998); and The Rest of the Way (1992).  His essays were collected White Paper (Columbia, 1989), winner of the PSA's Melville Cane Award, in Twenty Questions (Columbia, 1998), and in American Writers at Home (Vendome/Library of America, 2004.   He is also the editor of Poets on Painters (California, 1988).  He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and the National Endowment for the Arts, the 2000 Connecticut Governor's Award, and a Literary Lion commendation from the New York Public Library.  Plundered Hearts: New & Selected is forthcoming from Knopf.

Co-sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program.

Admission is free.

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

 
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Tuesday, May 13, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE POETRY SOCIETY READINGS AT MCNALLY JACKSON with Kim Addonizio & Deborah Landau

Kim Addonizio is the author of several collections, including Lucifer at the Starlite (W. W. Norton, 2009); What Is This Thing Called Love: Poems (2004); Tell Me (BOA Editions, 2000), which was a finalist for the National Book Award; and Jimmy & Rita (1997). She teaches in the M.F.A. program at Goddard College.

Deborah Landau is the author of The Last Usable Hour, a Lannan Literary Selection published by Copper Canyon Press, and Orchidelirium, which won the Anhinga Prize for Poetry. A third collection of poems, The Uses of the Body, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press. She directs the Creative Writing Program at NYU.

Admission is free.

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street

 
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Tuesday, May 20

Bronx, NY

PSA's Annual Spring Benefit

Please join us for a private viewing of  Groundbreakers:
Great American Gardens  & The Women Who Designed Them a botanical exhibition celebrating the women who pioneered landscape gardening followed by a dinner to benefit the Poetry Society of America and to honor JILL BIALOSKY Poet, Novelist, Memoirist, and Executive Editor at W. W. Norton & Company for her distinguished contribution to the field of poetry.


4:30 pm: Transportation from Manhattan provided
6:00-7:00 pm: Private viewing of Groundbreakers
7:15 pm: Cocktails and dinner in the old Stone Mill

Poetry and music will be featured

Tickets are $500

Tables of ten are available at $4,500
or $10,000 for a table of 9 with a distinguished poet

For tickets you can email Elsbeth Pancrazi, PSA's Development Director at elsbeth@poetrysocity.org,
call 212/254-9628 or you may order online.

 
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Saturday, May 24, 1:00pm

The Bronx, NY

POETRY FOR EVERY SEASON AT THE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN

Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens & the Women Who Designed Them,
with Eavan Boland

Eavan Boland

Between 1900 and 1930, landscape design achieved a new prominence in American life. The NYBG's spring exhibit pays homage to the contributions of American women who emerged as influential professionals in the burgeoning fields of landscape architecture and design, garden photography and garden writing in the early 20th century.

A complimentary Poetry Walk will display poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay, one of the foremost poets of the time, selected by Eavan Boland with particular emphasis on Millay's poems that reference plants, gardening, and the natural world. Boland will read Millay's work at this special seasonal event.

Eavan Boland is the author of many books, including New Collected Poems (W.W. Norton & Co., 2008), Domestic Violence, (2007), Against Love Poems (2001), The Lost Land (1998), An Origin Like Water: Collected Poems 1967-1987 (1996), In a Time of Violence (1994), and Outside History: Selected Poems 1980-1990 (1990). She has received a Lannan Foundation Award in Poetry and an American Ireland Fund Literary Award, and directs the creative writing program at Stanford University.

Co-sponsored by the 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
Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road
2900 Southern Blvd, New York, NY

 
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Tuesday, Jun 17, 7:00pm

New York, NY

TRIBUTE TO GERALD STERN AT BRYANT PARK
Kimiko Hahn, Rebecca Gayle Howell, and Alicia Ostriker

Kimiko Hahn is the author of  The Narrow Road to the Interior (W.W. Norton, 2006); The Artist's Daughter (2002); Mosquito and Ant (1999); Volatile (1998); and The Unbearable Heart (1995), which received an American Book Award.  She is a Distinguished Professor in the English department at Queens College/CUNY and lives in New York.

Rebecca Gayle Howell's collection Render/An Apocalypse was selected by Nick Flynn for the 2012 Cleveland State University Poetry Center's First Book Prize. Howell's translation of Amal al-Jubouri's Hagar Before the Occupation/Hagar After the Occupation (Alice James Books) was picked by Library Journal as a 2011 best book of poetry and was shortlisted for the 2012 Best Translated Book Award (BTBA). Her homeplace is Lexington, Kentucky.

Alicia Ostriker has published fourteen volumes of poetry, most recently The Book of Seventy, which received the 2009 National Jewish Book Award for poetry, and The Book of Life: Selected Jewish Poems 1979-2011.  Her newest is The Old Woman the Tulip  and the Dog, 2014.  As a critic, Ostriker is the author of Stealing the Language: the Emergence of Women's Poetry in America and other books on poetry and on the Bible. Ostriker lives in Princeton, teaches in the Low-Residency MFA Poetry program of Drew University, and obsesses about poetry, religion, and politics. 

Co-presented by Bryant Park Reading Room.

Admission is free.

Bryant Park Reading Room
Located at 42nd Street side of Bryant Park at Sixth Avenue
Look for the  burgundy and white umbrellas.

 
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Thursday, Jun 19, 7:00pm

Chicago, IL

THE VOICE OF WOMEN IN AMERICAN POETRY, with Stuart Dybek, Calvin Forbes, Susan Hahn, Joy Harjo, Parneshia Jones, and David Trinidad

The PSA's 2014 National Series pays tribute to the immense achievement of a wide range of poets, from Phillis Wheatley to Adrienne Rich, Ai, June Jordan, and Wanda Coleman. In this Chicago installment, acclaimed poets Stuart Dybek, Calvin Forbes, Susan Hahn, Joy Harjo, Parneshia Jones, and David Trinidad will discuss poets who have influenced and shaped their literary lives. 

Co-presented with the Poetry Foundation

Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654 
 
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Tuesday, Jul 15, 7:00pm

New York, NY

A TRIBUTE TO RICHARD HOWARD at BRYANT PARK
with Mary Jo Bang, Timothy Donnelly & Julie Sheehan

Richard Howard is the author of fourteen books of poetry, including Without Saying (2008), a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry, Talking Cures (2002), Trappings (1999), and Untitled Subjects (1969), as well as the critical study Alone with America and the critical prefaces of the anthology Preferences. Inner Voices: Selected Poems, 1963-2003 and Paper Trail: Selected Prose, 1965-2003 were compiled and released jointly by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2004. In 2004, he received the PSA's Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime achievement in American poetry. 

Mary Jo Bang is the author of six books of poems, including Louise in Love, The Bride of E, and Elegy, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award.  She's been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Academy in Berlin Fellowship, and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University.  She's a Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louise. Her translation of Dante's Inferno, with illustrations by Henrik Drescher, was published by Graywolf in 2012.

Timothy Donnelly
is the author of Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit, and The Cloud Corporation. He is an assistant professor and director of undergraduate creative writing at Columbia University and the poetry editor for the Boston Review

Julie Sheehan is a 2008 recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and author of three poetry collections: Bar Book: Poems & Otherwise, out from W.W. Norton in 2010, Orient Point, which won the 2005 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Thaw, winner of the Poets Out Loud prize from Fordham University. She teaches in and directs the MFA program in creative writing at Stony Brook Southampton. 

Co-presented by Bryant Park Reading Room.

Admission is free.

Bryant Park Reading Room
Located at 42nd Street side of Bryant Park at Sixth Avenue
Look for the  burgundy and white umbrellas.

 
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Tuesday, Jul 29, 6:30pm

Santa Monica, CA

ANNENBERG BEACH HOUSE
Dave Mason, Andrea Scarpino, and Garrett Hongo, with Alice Quinn

As part of the Beach=Culture series, the PSA presents a reading and moderated discussion with an eclectic mix of acclaimed contemporary poets.

Co-sponsored by American Composers Forum, Los Angeles, The City of Santa Monica, and Red Hen Press. 

Admission is free. Please make reservations online at beachhouse.smgov.net or call (310) 458-2257

Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway

 
 
 
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