Fall 2017

All Events

 

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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Friday, Nov 3, 7:00pm

Mill Valley, CA

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 Brenda Hillman, Atsuro Riley, and Brian Turner present poems which speak to our contemporary moment. 

Co-sponsored by the Mill Valley Public Library and the Poetry Society of America

Admission is free.

Mill Valley Public Library
375 Throckmorton Ave.
Mill Valley, CA 94941

 
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Monday, Nov 6, 3:00pm

Boston, MA

POETS IN THE PALACE: Robert Pinsky in the Tapestry Room

Robert Pinsky  is an American poet, essayist, literary critic, and translator. From 1997 to 2000, he served as U.S. Poet Laureate. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, essays, and translations. His most recent poetry collection, At the Foundling Hospital, was published in 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. His work has earned him the PEN/Voelcker Award, the William Carlos Williams Prize, the Lenore Marshall Prize, Italy's Premio Capri, the Korean Manhae Award, and the Harold Washington Award from the City of Chicago, among other accolades. He teaches at Boston University.

Co-presented with Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 

For reservations and tickets visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
25 Evans Way
Boston, MA 02115

 
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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
 
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Monday, Dec 11, 3:00pm

Boston, MA

POETS IN THE PALACE: Major Jackson in the Titian Room

In this new series, visitors will enjoy an intimate, hour-long reading by a living poet in one of the museum's historic galleries.

Major Jackson is the author of four collections of poetry: Roll Deep (W. W. Norton, 2015); Holding Company (2010) and Hoops ( 2006), both finalists for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature-Poetry; and Leaving Saturn (University of Georgia, 2002), winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award.


Co-presented with Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 

For reservations and tickets visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 
25 Evans Way 
Boston, MA 02115

 
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Monday, Dec 11, 7:30pm

Washington D.C.

EMILY DICKINSON TRIBUTE
with Sandra Gilbert

In our annual celebration of Emily Dickinson's birthday, award-winning poet Sandra Gilbert reads Dickinson's work and discusses the great significance of her legacy.

Sandra M. Gilbert has published numerous collections of poetry, including the Patterson Prize winning Ghost Volcano and Kissing the Bread: New and Selected Poems 1969–1999, which won an American Book Award in 2000. Recent collections include Belongings and Aftermath: Poems. Gilbert's other work includes Inventions of Farewell, an anthology of elegies which she edited, and Death's Door: Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve, a cultural and literary history of grief.

Co-sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Admission is $15
Call 202-544-7077 for tickets.

For more information visit the Folger.

Folger Theatre
Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE

 
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Wednesday, Dec 13, 7:30pm

New York, NY

A Memorial for John Ashbery

A Memorial for John Ashbery with Maxine Groffsky, and Elizabeth Hazan, Ann Lauterbach, Dara Wier, Trevor Winkfield, and musical performances by Dashon Burton and the Brentano String Quartet.

Longtime friends and fellow artists pay tribute to the life and work of poet John Ashbery, who died in September at the age of 90.

Co-presented by the 92nd Street Y, Unterberg Poetry Center Academy of American Poets, PennSound, Poets House and the Poetry Society of America.

The event is free. You must reserve your tickets via the 92nd Y website.

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

 
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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, 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, 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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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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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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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.

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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, Apr 10, 7:00pm

New York, NY

118TH 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. 

Admission is free.

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