Wednesday, Jan 9, 11:00am

San Francisco, CA

MUNI ART 2019: A LAUNCH AND CELEBRATION

Celebrate Muni Art 2019! The Poetry Society of America collaborates with San Francisco Beautiful, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, and Supervisor Sandra Fewer to present Muni Art 2019, 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 2019 provides a unique and powerful opportunity for bus riders to experience an exhilarating collaboration between poets Francisco X. Alarcón, Brenda HillmanJane Hirshfield, Cedar Sigo, and C. Dale Young, and artists Crystal Vielula, Christine Weibel, Nick Cook, Arthur Koch, and Bhavna Misra. Those listed below will converge in San Francisco to share and celebrate their work.

11am
San Francisco City Hall
Polk Street Steps
1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl
San Francisco, CA 94102

A launch and reading on the steps of City Hall, with Darcy Brown, Executive Director of 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 Cathy Arellano, on behalf of Francisco X. Alarcón, Garrett Caples, on behalf of Cedar Sigo, Brenda Hillman, and Jane Hirshfield, and artists Crystal Vielula, Christine Weibel, Nick Cook, Arthur Koch, and Bhavna Misra.

6:00pm, doors open at 5:30
Koret Auditorium
San Francisco Public Library
Main Branch
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Featured poets and artists will present their work and discuss the joys and challenges of this public collaboration. Books by participating poets will be sold before and after the event. Presenters include poets Cathy Arellano, on behalf of Francisco X. Alarcón,  Garrett Caples, on behalf of Cedar SigoBrenda HillmanJane Hirshfield, and Dean Rader, on behalf of C. Dale Young, and artists Crystal Vielula, Christine Weibel, Nick Cook, Arthur Koch, and Bhavna Misra.

Free and open to the public. 

Co-presented by the Poetry Society of America and San Francisco Beautiful.

 
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Thursday, Mar 21, 7:30pm

San Rafael, CA

Lynn Emanuel and Troy Jollimore

Lynn Emanuel is the author of several volumes of poetry, most recently The Nerve Of It: Poems New and Selected. Her collection The Dig received the National Poetry Series Award. Emanuel's work has also been awarded a Pushcart Prize and has been featured in several Best American Poetry anthologies and the Oxford Book of American Poetry. She has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Eric Matthieu King Award from the Academy of American Poets. She has taught at the Warren Wilson Program in Creative Writing, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Troy Jollimore is the author of several books of poetry and philosophy, as well as numerous articles, essays, and reviews. His first collection of poetry, Tom Thomson in Purgatory, won the National Book Critics Circle award in poetry for 2006. His third, Syllabus of Errors, appeared on the New York Times' list of the best books of poetry published in 2015. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Stanford Humanities Center in Palo Alto, California. He is currently a Professor in the Philosophy Department at California State University, Chico.

Co-presented by the Marin Poetry Center and the Poetry Society of America

Free and open to the public.

Falkirk Cultural Center
1408 Mission Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

 
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Thursday, Mar 28, 3:00pm

Portland, OR

PSA Presents: Dorothea Lasky, Roger Reeves, and Solmaz Sharif
AWP Portland

A reading featuring three nationally recognized, award-winning, distinct contemporary poets: Dorothea Lasky, Roger Reeves, and Solmaz Sharif, moderated by PSA President Kimiko Hahn.

Dorothea Lasky is the author of five books of poetry, including Milk and Rome. She is an Assistant Professor of Poetry and Codirector of Columbia Artist/Teachers at Columbia University's School of the Arts. She lives in New York City.

Roger Reeves is the author of King Me. His honors include a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, two Bread Loaf Scholarships, a Cave Canem Fellowship, and an NEA Fellowship. He is an Associate Professor of Poetry at the University of Texas at Austin, and a 2014–2015 Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University.

Solmaz Sharif is the author of LOOK, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Granta, the New RepublicPoetry, and elsewhere. She is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.

Co-presented by the Poetry Society of America and AWP.

Oregon Ballroom 201-202
Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232

 
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Thursday, Apr 25, 6:30pm

POETRY READING IN CELEBRATION OF MUNI ART 2019: CEDAR SIGO

In celebration of Muni Art 2019, hear a reading by participating poet Cedar Sigo at the San Francisco Public Library West Portal Branch. Poet Garrett Caples will introduce Cedar's work. Audience members will be invited to enter a raffle and the winner will receive a Muni Art 2019 print! Share your experience using #SFMuniArt.

Cedar Sigo was raised on the Suquamish Reservation in the Pacific Northwest and studied at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute. He is the editor of There You Are: Interviews, Journals, and Ephemera, on Joanne Kyger (Wave Books, 2017), and author of eight books and pamphlets of poetry, including Royals (Wave Books, 2017), Language Arts (Wave Books, 2014), Stranger in Town (City Lights, 2010), Expensive Magic (House Press, 2008), and two editions of Selected Writings (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2003 and 2005). He has taught workshops at St. Mary's College, Naropa University, and University Press Books. An excerpt of his poem "Our Lives" is included in Muni Art 2019.

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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Sunday, Apr 28, 2:00pm

Santa Monica, CA

The Figure of Orpheus in Poetry and Performance

Red Hen Press and the Poetry Society of America present a celebration of the figure of Orpheus, mythologized in poetry and music. Join us to hear readings by renowned poets Henri ColeRobin Coste Lewis, and Atsuro Riley, and a performance by heralded pianist Paul Barnes, who will perform selections inspired by Orpheus by Gluck, Philip Glass, and Franz Liszt.

Paul Barnes, a pianist praised by the New York Times for his "Lisztian thunder and deft fluidity," has electrified audiences with his intensely expressive playing and cutting-edge programming. He has been featured six times on APM's Performance Today, and recently gave the world premiere of longtime friend and collaborator Philip Glass's Piano Quintet "Annunciation."

Henri Cole was born in Fukuoka, Japan. He has published nine collections of poetry, including Nothing to Declare and Middle Earth, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, in addition to the memoir Orphic Paris. He has received many awards for his work, including the Jackson Prize, the Kingsley Tufts Award, the Rome Prize, the Berlin Prize, the Lenore Marshall Award, and the Medal in Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches at Claremont McKenna College and lives in Boston.

Robin Coste Lewis's debut collection, Voyage of the Sable Venus, won the 2015 National Book Award for Poetry. A finalist for the Rita Dove Poetry Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Hurston/Wright Poetry Award, and the California Book Award, she is a Provost's Fellow in Poetry and Visual Studies at the University of Southern California and has taught at Wheaton College, Hunter College, Hampshire College, the University of Southern California, and the NYU Low-Residency MFA in Paris. 

Atsuro Riley is the author of Romey's Order (University of Chicago Press), winner of the Whiting Writer's Award, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, The Believer Poetry Award, and the Witter Bynner Award from the Library of Congress. He has been a fellow of the Lannan Foundation and the NEA. Brought up in the South Carolina lowcountry, Riley lives in San Francisco.

Co-presented by the Poetry Society of America and Red Hen Press.

The Broad Stage
1310 11th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

 
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Tuesday, May 21, 7:00pm

San Rafael, CA

Memorial Tribute to Linda Gregg

This tribute celebrates Linda Gregg's work, with poems read by Forrest Gander, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Jane HirshfieldTimothy Liu, Charif Shanahanand others. Please feel free to bring one of your favorite of Linda's poems to read.

Linda Gregg was raised in Marin County, went to Francis Drake high school and earned her BA and an MA from San Francisco State University. Her books include In the Middle Distance (20o6); All of It Singing: New and Selected Poems (2008), a Los Angeles Times Favorite Book of 2008 and winner of the Poetry Society of America's William Carlos Williams Award; Things and Flesh (1999), finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award for Poetry; Chosen by the Lion 1995); Sacraments of Desire (1992); Alma (1985); and Too Bright to See (1981). 


Presented by the Marin Poetry Center.

If you plan to attend and/or read, please RSVP to events@marinpoetrycenter.org so we can plan appropriately.

Doors open at 6:30, event starts at 7.

For directions and a map of Dominican University campus, click HERE. The Mansion is on the far right, just below Edgehill Village.

Free and open to the public.

Dominican University Campus
Garden Room
Edgehill Mansion

 
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Friday, Jun 28, 3:00pm

Los Angeles, CA

THE POET IS IN LA

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 Los Angeles based poets who will collaborate with station visitors to create personalized poems.

Participating poets include William Archila, Lory Bedikian, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, Elena Karina Byrne, Kim Dower, Harmony Holiday, Kenji Liu, Douglas Manuel, Callie Siskel, Lynne Thompson, and Vickie Vértiz.

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