Thursday, Jan 11, Noon

San Francisco, CA

MUNI ART 2018: A LAUNCH AND CELEBRATION

Celebrate Muni Art 2018! The Poetry Society of America collaborates with San Francisco Beautiful, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, and Supervisor Sandra Fewer to present Muni Art 2018, which has transformed 100 Muni buses into galleries featuring work by a diverse range of talented poets and artists. Inspired by the Poetry Society of America's Poetry in Motion® program, which places poetry in the transit systems of cities throughout the country, and San Francisco Beautiful's mission to create and protect the unique beauty and livability of San Francisco, Muni Art 2018 provides a unique and powerful opportunity for bus riders to experience an exhilarating collaboration between poets Juan Felipe Herrera, Diane di Prima, Kay Ryan, Brynn Saito, and Charif Shanahan, and artists Donavon Brutus, Janet Rumsey, Mara Hernandez, Randi Pace, and Tsungwei Moo. Those listed below will converge in San Francisco to share and celebrate their work.


Launch at City Hall

A launch and reading on the steps of City Hall, with Darcy Brown, Executive Director of San Francisco Beautiful, Peter Clarke, Graphic Designer for San Francisco Beautiful, Supervisor Sandra Fewer, former California State Senator Mark Leno, Michelle Jeffers, Chief, Communications, Programs & Partnerships at San Francisco Public Library, Alice Quinn, Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America, poets Juan Felipe Herrera, Diane di Prima (health allowing), Charif Shanahan, Brynn Saito, and Kim Shuck, poet laureate of San Francisco, and artists Donavon Brutus, Janet Rumsey, Mara Hernandez, Randi Pace, and Tsungwei Moo.

12-1pm
San Francisco City Hall, Polk Street Steps
1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl
San Francisco, CA 94102

Admission is free.


Reading and Panel Presentation

Featured poets and artists will present their work and discuss the joys and challenges of this public collaboration. Presenters include poets Diane di Prima (health allowing), Kim Shuck, poet laureate of San Francisco, Charif Shanahan, and Brynn Saito, and artists Donavon Brutus, Janet Rumsey, Mara Hernandez, Randi Pace, and Tsungwei Moo.

5:30-7:30pm
Latino/Hispanic Room
San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Admission is free.

 
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Thursday, Jan 18, 7:30pm

New York, NY

A Celebration of Derek Walcott

The 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center hosts an evening of readings to celebrate the work of Derek Walcott with Elizabeth Alexander, Hilton Als, Robert Antoni, Carolyn Forché, Lorna Goodison, Jamaica Kincaid, Karl Kirchwey, Yusef Komunyakaa, Wendell Manwarren, Glyn Maxwell, and Caryl Phillips.

"What better way is there to memorialize a writer than to read what he has written and remember who he was in all those worlds of words he was brave and confident enough to imagine in the first place?" These words from Hilton Als's remembrance of Derek Walcott, who died earlier this year, inspire this tribute to the poet, hailed "for a poetic oeuvre of great luminosity, sustained by a historical vision" when awarded the Nobel Prize in 1992.

Co-presented by the Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem Foundation, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Poets House and the Poetry Society of America.

Tickets can be purchased here.

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

 
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Thursday, Jan 25, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION
Tyehimba Jess, with Alice Quinn

The New Salon series brings writers into an intimate setting to discuss the implications of their work and craft.

Tyehimba Jess is the author of two books of poetry, Leadbelly and Olio, which won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The Midland Society Author's Award in Poetry, and received an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. It was also nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN Jean Stein Book Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Leadbelly was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. Jess, a Cave Canem and NYU Alumni, received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004–2005 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Jess is also a veteran of the 2000 and 2001 Green Mill Poetry Slam Team, and won a 2000–2001 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, the 2001 Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award, and a 2006 Whiting Fellowship. He presented his poetry at the 2011 TedX Nashville Conference and won a 2016 Lannan Literary Award in Poetry. Jess is a Professor of English at College of Staten Island.  

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, Feb 8, 2:00pm

New York, NY

La Bendición: A One-Day Celebration of Latinx-Caribbean Poetry in the United States

2:00-3:30 pm
Dark With Plural + Possibility
Writing Workshop with Aracelis Girmay
A generative poetry workshop inspired by the imaginative work/strategies of makers like Ntozake Shange, Mahmoud Darwish, Gioconda Belli, Martín Espada, H. Cixous, and Cornelius Eady

Those interested in participating should contact Allyson Paty at allyson.paty@nyu.edu.

4:00-5:15 pm
Literary Activism

A panel discussion with Sandra María Esteves, Noel Quiñones, Peggy Robles-Alvarado, and Charlie Vázquez, moderated by Deborah Paredez

5:30-6:45 pm
Emerging Poets Reading

Join Gallatin for a reading featuring Rio Cortez, Denice Frohman, Ricardo Maldonado, and Nicole Sealey, moderated by Urayoán Noel

7:00-8:30 pm
Keynote Reading

Poets Martín Espada and Aracelis Girmay will read, in an event moderated by Deborah Paredez

Co-presented by the Gallatin Writing Program, CantoMundo, and the Poetry Society of America, with support from the NYU Creative Writing Program

RSVP here.

The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Gallatin School of Individualized Study
New York University
1 Washington Pl
New York, NY 10003

Read contributions to In Their Own Words by La Bendición participants here

 
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Tuesday, Feb 13, 7:00pm

New York, NY

A Tribute to Thomas Lux

Join us in celebrating and honoring the life and work of the late Thomas Lux. Featuring readings and remembrances from Amber Tamblyn, Vijay Seshadri, Patrick Rosal, Mary Karr, Marie Howe, Edward Hirsch, Terrance Hayes, Linsey Abrams, and Billy Collins. The tribute will be introduced by Jeffrey McDaniel and include a poem set to music by Joan as Police Woman.

Co-sponsored by Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, Poets House, Sarah Lawrence College, Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, and the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Free and open to the public.

Elebash Recital Hall
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

 
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Thursday, Feb 15, 7:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Gwendolyn Brooks Centenary Tribute

A panel of poets, critics, and writers, including Cornelius EadyRashidah Ismaili, Quraysh Ali LansanaD. Nurkse, Camille Rankine, and Safiya Sinclair, celebrates the centenary of one of America's greatest poets.

Co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Public Library and the Poetry Society of America.

RSVP here.

Central Library, Dweck Center
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

 
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Thursday, Feb 22, 7:00pm

New York, NY

POETS SPEAK: Will Schutt and Peter Valente on Fabio Mauri

In conjunction with the exhibition 'Fabio Mauri. With Out.' Hauser & Wirth and the Poetry Society of America co-present a reading and talk with Will Schutt and Peter Valente on Mauri's work, the climate during his life, and on his two friends and sources of inspiration, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Edoardo Sanguineti.

Will Schutt is the author of Westerly, winner of the 2012 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. A graduate of Oberlin College and Hollins University, he is the recipient of fellowships from the James Merrill House and the Stadler Center for Poetry. His translations from Italian have appeared in Agni, Harvard Review, The Southern Review, and elsewhere.

Peter Valente is the author of A Boy Asleep Under the Sun: Versions of Sandro Penna, which was nominated for a Lambda award; The Artaud Variations; Let the Games Begin: Five Roman Writers: and The Catullus Versions. He is the translator of Blackout by Nanni Balestrini and Whatever the Name by Pierre Lepori, and co-translator of the chapbook, Selected Late Letters of Antonin Artaud, 1945-1947. In 2010, he turned to filmmaking and has completed 60 shorts to date, 24 of which were screened at Anthology Film Archives.

Free and open to the public.

Hauser & Wirth
22nd Street
548 West 22nd Street
New York 10011

 
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Thursday, Mar 1, 6:30pm

New York, NY

Poet in Spain by Federico García Lorca, New Translations by Sarah Arvio: A Celebration

Join us to celebrate the publication of Poet in Spain by Federico García Lorca, New Translations by Sarah Arvio (Knopf, 2017), called "riveting" by The New York Times and "triumphant" by BookPage. Participants Cyrus Cassells, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Nathalie Handal, Roberto MontesRowan Ricardo Phillips, and Philip Schultz will join Sarah Arvio to read from the collection and share reflections on the influence of this beloved poet.

Co-sponsored by the Poetry Society of America, Alfred A. Knopf, and The New School.

Free and open to the public.

The Auditorium, Room A106
Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
The New School
66 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011

 
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Monday, Mar 12, 7:30pm

New Orleans, LA

THE NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION
Tom Sleigh, with Peter Cooley

The New Salon series brings writers into an intimate setting to discuss the implications of their work and craft.

Tom Sleigh's most recent collections of poetry include Station Zed (Graywolf Press, 2015), Army Cats (Graywolf Press, 2011), winner of the John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Space Walk (Houghton Mifflin, 2007), winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award. He has also published a translation of Euripides's Herakles and a book of essays, Interview With a Ghost (Graywolf Press, 2006). Sleigh's honors include an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an Individual Writer's Award from the Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, and fellowships from the American Academy in Berlin, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among many others.

Co-sponsored by The Poetry Society of America and Tulane University

Admission is free. Reception to follow.

Tulane University
Stone Auditorium
Woldenberg Art Center

 
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Tuesday, Mar 13, 6:30pm

San Francisco, CA

Poetry Reading in Celebration of Muni Art 2018: Kay Ryan

In celebration of Muni Art 2018, hear a reading by participating poet Kay Ryan at the San Francisco Public Library Presidio Branch. Bay Area poet Hilary Rand will introduce Ryan. Audience members will be invited to enter a raffle and the winner will receive a Muni Art 2018 print! Share your experience using #SFMuniArt.

Kay Ryan, acknowledged as one of the most original voices in the contemporary landscape, has published several collections of poetry, including Erratic Facts (Grove Press, 2015) and The Best of It: New and Selected Poems (Grove Press, 2010), for which she won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2011. Ryan's awards include a National Humanities Medal, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Award, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Union League Poetry Prize, the Maurice English Poetry Award, and three Pushcart Prizes. Her work has been selected four times for The Best American Poetry and was included in The Best of the Best American Poetry 1988-1997.

Co-Sponsored by San Francisco Beautiful, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco Public Library, and the Poetry Society of America.

Free and open to the public.

Presidio Branch Library
3150 Sacramento St. 
San Francisco, CA 94115

 
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Thursday, Mar 15, 7:00pm

San Francisco, CA

TWO LINES LAUNCH PARTY: CELEBRATING WOMEN IN TRANSLATION

Join us for the annual launch of Two Lines and a poetry reading focusing on women in translation, both those being translated and those that do this important work.

Poets and translators Norma Cole, Maxine Chernoff, Gillian Conoley, Ani Gjika, and Lizzie Davis will read their poetry and translations. Included with your ticket is a copy of Two Lines 28 or Two Lines 27. Each issue is a diverse blend of work by women, such as poetry by Luz Pichel (tr. from Galician by Neil Anderson) and Samira Negrouche (tr. from French by Marilyn Hacker) and fiction by Natsuko Kuroda (tr. from Japanese by Angus Turvill), Ge Yan (tr. from Chinese by Jeremy Tiang), and Jokha al-Harthi (tr. from Arabic by Marilyn Booth).

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Art of Translation and Poetry Society of America

Admission: $10

RSVP here.

Center for the Art of Translation
Churchill's Office
194 Church Street, upstairs
San Francisco, CA 94114

 
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Thursday, Mar 22, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION
Kaveh Akbar, with Deborah Landau

The New Salon series brings writers into an intimate setting to discuss the implications of their work and craft.

Kaveh Akbar's debut full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, was published in 2017 with Alice James in the US and Penguin in the UK, and his chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, was published by Sibling Rivalry Press. Kaveh founded and edits Divedapper, a home for dialogues with the most vital voices in contemporary poetry. The recipient of a 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and currently lives and teaches in Florida.

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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Monday, Mar 26, 6:30pm

New York, NY

Women Poets of the Village Candlelight Reading at Cherry Lane Theater
Women's History Month at GVSHP

In 1924, a group of theater artists and the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay commissioned the conversion of a West Village box factory into the Cherry Lane Playhouse, home to some of the most groundbreaking moments of theater. It is from this stage that we'll gather by candlelight to celebrate the trailblazing women poets of the village including Millay, Emma Lazarus, Audre Lorde, Marianne Moore, Sonia Sanchez, Lola Ridge, Grace Paley, and many others. 

We will be joined by the incredible New York poets Stephanie Berger, April Bernard, Angelina Fiordellisi, Diana Goetsch, Marie Howe, Deborah Landau, Elizabeth Macklin, Terese Svoboda, and Kathleen Widdoes, who will offer up readings to uplift these women and change how we see the world around us. 

Co-sponsored by GVSHP, the Poetry Society of America, The New School Creative Writing Program, and The Poetry Brothel

Free. Reservations required. RSVP here.

Cherry Lane Theatre
38 Commerce Street
New York, NY 10014

 
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Tue-Wed, Mar 27-28

New York, NY

JAPANESE INTERNMENT: PUBLIC MEMORY AND CULTURAL PRODUCTION
A two-part event in conjunction with the Poetry Coalition 2018 theme, "Poetry and the Body"

In March 2018, the Poetry Coalition will launch Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body, its second annual programming initiative on a theme of social importance. Programs will include a range of events and publications that address issues including mass incarceration, transphobia, violence against people of color, and health and self-care.

Presented in collaboration by the International Center of Photography and the Poetry Society of America, in conjunction with the Poetry Coalition's "Poetry and the Body" theme, this two-part event  brings together artists, scholars, poets, and photographers who draw on the history of Japanese incarceration during WWII and its archival, material evidence in their innovative practices. The following presentations are in conjunction with the exhibition Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, on view at ICP Museum through May 6, 2018.

Mar 27: Reading and Conversation

Poet Kimiko Hahn introduces an in-gallery reading by poet Christine Kitano, followed by a conversation between Kitano and photographer Kevin Miyazaki, moderated by Tom Ikeda, Executive Director of Densho, an organization dedicated to acquiring, preserving and disseminating oral histories and other artifactual materials around the unjust incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII.

Free and open to the public.
Click here for admission info and tickets.

March 27, 6:30-8pm
International Center of Photography Museum
250 Bowery
New York, NY 10012

Mar 28: Performance and Panel

Julian Saporiti with Erin Aoyama present the immersive musical experience No-No Boy, followed by a presentation and discussion with poet Brandon Shimoda, photographer Paul Kitagaki, and scholar Bob Lee.

Free and open to the public.
Click here for admission info and tickets.

March 28, 6:30-8pm
International Center of Photography Museum
250 Bowery
New York, NY 10012

Co-sponsored by the Poetry Society of America, ICP, and the Poetry Coalition.

#PoetryCoalition #MyDreamingMyLoving 

Poet Bios

Kimiko Hahn is an American poet and distinguished professor in the MFA program of Queens College, CUNY. She earned a BA from the University of Iowa and an MA in Japanese literature from Columbia University. Hahn is the author of nine books of poetry, including The Artist's Daughter (2002), Toxic Flora (2010), and Brain Fever (2014). Hahn is the winner of the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, the American Book Award, and the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has also been award fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2016, Hahn was elected president of the Poetry Society of America.

Christine Kitano was born in Los Angeles, CA. Her mother is a first-generation immigrant from Korea, and her father is nisei (second-generation) Japanese American. Kitano earned an MFA in Creative Writing (poetry) from Syracuse University and a PhD in English and Creative Writing from Texas Tech University. She is an assistant professor at Ithaca College where she teaches creative writing, poetry, and Asian American literature. Research interests include 20th and 21st century American poetry, Asian American literature, immigrant poetry, and critical theory. She is the author of the poetry collections Sky Country (BOA Editions) and Birds of Paradise (Lynx House).

Brandon Shimoda is a poet. His most recent books are Evening Oracle (Letter Machine Editions), which received the 2016 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America; its sequel, The Desert (forthcoming from The Song Cave); and his first book of nonfiction, an ancestral memoir called The Grave on the Wall (forthcoming from City Lights). He lives, for now, in the desert.

 
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Tuesday, Mar 27, 6:30pm

San Francisco, CA

Poetry Reading in Celebration of Muni Art 2018: Charif Shanahan

In celebration of Muni Art 2018, hear a reading by participating poet Charif Shanahan at the San Francisco Public Library North Beach Branch. Bay Area poet Dean Rader will introduce Shanahan. Audience members will be invited to enter a raffle and the winner will receive a Muni Art 2018 print! Share your experience using #SFMuniArt.

Charif Shanahan is the author of Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (SIU Press, 2017), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Called a "vital and profound new voice" by Publishers Weekly, Shanahan has published poems in various journals, including New Republic, New York Times Magazine, PBS NewsHour, Poem-a-Day of the Academy of American Poets, Poetry International, and Prairie Schooner, which awarded him the Edward Stanley Poetry Award. He holds degrees in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and Dartmouth College and an MFA in Poetry from New York University. He has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize and is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Cave Canem Foundation, the Frost Place, the Fulbright Program/IIE, Millay Colony for the Arts, and Stanford University. He has taught creative writing, literature, and language at Dartmouth College, the Collegio di Milano (Italy), International House (Europe, North America), New York University, and Stanford University, where he is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry.

Co-Sponsored by San Francisco Beautiful, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco Public Library, and the Poetry Society of America.

Free and open to the public.

North Beach Branch Library
850 Columbus Ave 
San Francisco, CA 94133

 
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Tuesday, Apr 10, 7:00pm

New York, NY

108TH ANNUAL POETRY SOCIETY OF AMERICA AWARDS CEREMONY

The evening will honor our 2018 Frost Medalist, Ron Padgett, who will deliver the annual Frost Lecture, and celebrate the winners of our eleven other distinguished Annual Awards with readings by Jennifer Chang, Molly Spencer, Kevin Prufer, Victoria Chang, and Elizabeth Knapp.

Admission is free.

The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park
New York, NY 10003 

 
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Thursday, Apr 12, 7:30pm

New York, NY

Jeremy Irons reads T. S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets”

We shall not cease from exploration / And the end of all our exploring / Will be to arrive where we started / And know the place for the first time.

Seventy-five years after the publication of "Four Quartets"—and nearly seventy years since T. S. Eliot himself read from the poem in his Poetry Center debut—Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons returns to 92Y's stage to present the masterwork in its entirety. This special event coincides with the awarding of the inaugural Four Quartets Prize, presented by the T. S. Eliot Foundation in association with the Poetry Society of America, as well as the CD release of Irons reading all of Eliot's poems.

Jeremy Irons is an English actor. He has appeared in numerous West End theatre productions, including The Winter's TaleMacbethMuch Ado About Nothing, and The Taming of the Shrew. He received a Tony Award for Best Actor in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing. Irons has played major roles in many films, including The French Lieutenant's Woman, for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor, and Dead Ringers, for which he wont an Academy Award for Best Actor. He has also received a Golden Globe and an Emmy for his roles on TV.

Co-sponsored by the Unterberg Poetry Center and the Poetry Society of America.

Tickets from $34. Reserve here.

Kaufmann Concert Hall
1395 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10128

 
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Tuesday, Apr 17, 3:00pm

Miami, FL

O, Miami: Poet Meet and Greet

Join Blue Bottle Coffee for a meet and greet with Miami-based poet, Yaddyra Peralta, in celebration of the O, Miami festival and in partnership with the Poetry Society of America. Sample Blue Bottle's delicious New Orleans iced coffee, take a moment with Yaddrya's "Coffee" excerpt, and enjoy Blue Bottle's new, beautiful Design District cafe. 

Blue Bottle Coffee
3818 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33137

 
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Tuesday, Apr 17, 6:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Celebrating 25 Years of Poetry in Motion® at the New York Transit Museum

Poetry in Motion® has placed poetry to New York City's transit system for more than 25 years, starting with an excerpt from Walt Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" in 1992 and growing to include more than 200 poems to be seen by millions of subway and bus riders every day. Each of the poems has, in sixteen lines or less, the power to enliven the quotidian, provide nourishment for the soul, and enchant even the youngest among us. Join the Poetry Society of America, MTA Arts & Design, and the New York Transit Museum to reflect on the last quarter-century and to celebrate The Best of Poetry in Motion, an anniversary anthology of 100 poems from the program.

The evening will include live music; archival photos; readings by featured poets Marilyn Nelson and Nathalie Handal; readings of poems from the anthology by poetry prize-winning Harlem Academy graduates Adonis BeckfordEssence Deras, and AJ Walker; and a conversation between Nelson, Handal, featured artists Philemona Williamson and Raúl Colón, moderated by Alice Quinn, Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America, and Sandra Bloodworth, Director of MTA Arts & Design.

All audience members will receive a MetroCard with a Poetry in Motion® poem printed on the back. Those who purchase a copy of The Best of Poetry in Motion will receive a MetroCard signed by Marilyn Nelson featuring her poem "A Strange Beautiful Woman."

Co-Sponsored by MTA Arts & Design, the New York Transit Museum, and the Poetry Society of America

$10 / Free for Museum members

Get tickets here.

Transit Museum
Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, NY  11201

 
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Tuesday, Apr 24, 6:30pm

San Francisco, CA

Poetry Reading in Celebration of Muni Art 2018: Brynn Saito

In celebration of Muni Art 2018, hear a reading by participating poet Brynn Saito at the San Francisco Public Library West Portal Branch. Bay Area poet Judy Halebsky will introduce Saito. Audience members will be invited to enter a raffle and the winner will receive a Muni Art 2018 print! Share your experience using #SFMuniArt.

Brynn Saito is the author of  Power Made Us Swoon (2016) and The Palace of Contemplating Departure (2013), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press and finalist for the Northern California Book Award. She also co-authored, with Traci Brimhall, Bright Power, Dark Peace, a chapbook of poetry from Diode Editions. Her poetry has been anthologized by Helen Vendler and Ishmael Reed; it has also appeared in the New York Times Sunday MagazineThe San Francisco Chronicle, and Virginia Quarterly Review, among other journals. She is the recipient of a Kundiman Asian American Poetry Fellowship, a grant from the California State Library's Civil Liberties program, a Poets 11 award from the San Francisco Public Library, and Key West Literary Seminar's Scotti Merrill Memorial Award.

Co-Sponsored by San Francisco Beautiful, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco Public Library, and the Poetry Society of America.

Free and open to the public.

West Portal Branch Library
190 Lenox Way
San Francisco, CA 94127


 
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Wednesday, Apr 25, 6:30pm

Queens, NY

THE NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION
Patricia Smith, with Sylvia M. Beato-Davis

The New Salon series brings writers into an intimate setting to discuss the implications of their work and craft.

Patricia Smith is the author of eight books of poetry, including Incendiary Art; Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets; and Blood Dazzler, a National Book Award finalist. She co-edited The Golden Shovel Anthology—New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks and edited the crime fiction anthology Staten Island Noir. She is a Guggenheim fellow, a Civitellian, a National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient, a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, a former fellow at both Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and a four-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam, the most successful poet in the competition's history. Patricia is a professor at the College of Staten Island and in the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College, as well as an instructor at the annual VONA residency and in the Vermont College of Fine Arts Post-Graduate Residency Program.

Sylvia Mercedes Beato-Davis lives in Brooklyn where she teaches high school and laughs with her dog. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in Calyx Journal, Foglifter, Split This Rock, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of the Hoyt Jacobs Memorial Poetry Award and a candidate for an M.F.A. in Poetry & Translation at Queens College CUNY.

Co-sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College-CUNY and the Poetry Society of America.

Free and open to the public.

405 Klapper Hall
The Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Klapper Hall
65-30 Kissena Blvd
Queens College, CUNY
Flushing, NY 11367

 
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Friday, Apr 27, 3:00pm

Los Angeles, CA

The Poet Is In

In celebration of National Poetry Month and LA Arts Month in April, Metro Art Presents the Los Angeles debut of The Poet Is In, an interactive poetry exchange at Union Station inspired by a program originally conceived by Marie Howe in New York. The Poet Is In features twelve Los Angeles based poets who will collaborate with station visitors to create personalized poems. Participating poets include William Archila, Lory Bedikian, Laurel Ann Bogen, Elena Karina Byrne, Jessica Ceballos, Brendan Constantine, Nicelle Davis, Kim Dower, Liz Gonzalez, Steve Petersen, Lynne Thompson, and Cecilia Woloch. Poetry sessions will be accompanied by Colburn School students performing a range of musical styles. 

The Poet Is In was conceived by Marie Howe, New York State Poet 2012-2015, MTA Arts & Design's de facto Poet in Residence.

Co-sponsored by LA Metro and the Poetry Society of America

Free and open to the public.

Union Station
800 N Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

 
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Wednesday, May 2, 7:00pm

New York, NY

Carol Muske-Dukes and Jane Mead at McNally Jackson

Carol Muske-Dukes is a the author of numerous books of poems, most recently Blue Rose (Penguin, 2018). Other publications include Sparrow (Random House, 2004), a National Book Award finalist, Channeling Mark Twain (Random House, 2003) and Crossing State Lines: an American Renga (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2011), co-edited with Bob Holman. She is professor of English/Creative Writing at the University of Southern California where she founded the PhD Program in CW/Lit. Former Poet Laureate of the state of California, she has been the recipient of many awards & honors, including a Guggenheim fellowship, NEA grant, and Library of Congress award.

Jane Mead is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently World Of Made and Unmade (Alice James, 2016) which was nominated for a National Book Award. Her poems appear regularly in journals and anthologies, and she's the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, and a Lannan Foundation Completion Grant. For many years she was a Poet-in-Residence at Wake Forest University, and she has taught as a visiting writer at Washington University, Colby College and most recently, The University of Iowa.

Free and open to the public.

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

 

 

 
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Tuesday, May 8, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE BEST OF POETRY IN MOTION: Spring Celebration

Since 1992, the Poetry Society of America and New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design have joined forces to present poems in one of the most beloved public art programs in America. In celebration of the publication of an anniversary anthology of 100 poems, The Best of Poetry in Motion: Celebrating 25 years on Subways and Buses, featured poets will gather to read their own contributions and favorites by others. Hear readings by Jim MooreMarilyn Nelson, and Katha Pollitt, and enjoy a panel discussion between participating poets, moderated by Alice Quinn.

Co-presented by the Bryant Park Poetry Series, MTA Arts & Design, and the Poetry Society of America.

Free and open to the public.

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

 
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Wednesday, Jun 6, 7:00pm

New York, NY

15th Anniversary Chapbook Fellowship Ceremony

Join us for the 15th Anniversary Chapbook Fellowship Ceremony, honoring the 2017 winners and celebrating the program's vibrant history. Enjoy readings by zakia henderson-brown (introduced by Cate Marvin),  Nicholas Goodly (selected by Brenda Shaughnessy, and introduced by Dorothea Lasky), Esther Lin (introduced by Patrick Rosal), and Emily Hunerwadel (introduced by Kyle Dargan).

View a complete list of the 2017 judges and winners here.

Free and open to public.

Frederick P. Rose Auditorium
41 Cooper Square
The Cooper Union
New York, NY 10008