Thursday, Jan 11, Noon

San Francisco, CA


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.

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.

Latino/Hispanic Room
San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Admission is free.


Monday, Mar 12, 7:30pm

New Orleans, LA

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


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


Thursday, Mar 15, 7:00pm

San Francisco, CA


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


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


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


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


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


Tuesday, Jul 10, 6:30pm

Santa Monica, CA

Poetry and Music: William Archila, Victoria Chang, Lynne Thompson, and Joanna Wallfisch

Hear readings by award-winning Los Angeles-based poets William Archila, Victoria Chang, and Lynne Thompson, and a performance by celebrated musician Joanna Wallfisch. Reception to follow.

William Archila earned his MFA in poetry from the University of Oregon. His first collection of poetry, The Art of Exile (Bilingual Review Press, 2009) won an International Latino Book Award in 2010. His Second book, The Gravedigger's Archaeology (Red Hen Press), won the 2013 Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize. He has been published in American Poetry Review, AGNl, The Georgia Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Prairie Schooner and the anthologies Theatre Under My Skin: Contemporary Salvadoran Poetry, and The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States

Victoria Chang's fourth book of poems, Barbie Chang, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2017. The Boss (McSweeney's) won a PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award. Other books are Salvinia Molesta and Circle. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship in 2017. In 2018, she was awarded the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award for her manuscript-in-progress, OBIT. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches within Antioch's MFA Program. You can find her at

Lynne Thompson's forthcoming collection Fretwork was just selected by Jane Hirshfield for the Marsh Hawk Press Prize. Her other books of poems include Start with a Small Guitar (What Books Press, 2013) and Beg No Pardon (Perugia Press, 2007). She received an Artist Fellowship from the City of Los Angeles in 2015.

Joanna Wallfisch, hailed by pianist Fred Hersch as "a real discovery—a first-rate musician in every way," is a London born singer-songwriter. She has emerged as an important voice, combining "the intimate purview of a singer-songwriter with the technical liberties of a jazz improviser" (The Boston Globe). With a classical and jazz background her music combines post-folk and art-song with a poetic lyricism which The New York Times described as "sensitive and deep." She is a master in the art of live vocal looping and creates beguiling vocal soundscapes to accompany her songs. The Telegraph called her virtuosic performance "sublime and unique."

Co-presented by the Poetry Society of America, Red Hen Press, and City of Santa Monica Beach=Culture series.

Free and open to the public.

Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, CA 90402


Wednesday, Jul 18, 5:30pm

Boston, MA

Grand Opening of Breath and Matter: Artists and Poets at Boston Sculptors Gallery

Boston Sculptors Gallery has invited poets to partner with artists to create collaborative works combining both of their voices.  The result is an unexpected cross-pollination that engages the common ground of these two distinct forms of artistic expression.  Murray Dewart, one of the gallery's founding members, recently edited the anthology, Poems About Sculpture.  In the foreword, Robert Pinsky asks, "What has art made of breath to do with an art made of matter?" Twenty-four pairs of sculptors and writers have taken up the challenge of this timeless question. Among the distinguished participating poets are Robert Pinsky, Danielle Legros Georges, Chard deNiordErnestine HayesAnaïs Duplan, and Dany Crosby Baez. Enjoy an Opening Reception on July 18th from 5:30-8:30 PM. A second reception and reading will take place on August 3rd, 5:30-8:30 PM, as part of SOWA's First Fridays evening gallery walk.

Learn more here.

Boston Sculptors Gallery
486 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118


Friday, Nov 2, 7:00pm

Mill Valley, CA

Robert Hass and Essy Stone

Join us to hear readings by two distinct contemporary voices: influential poet, essayist, and editor Robert Hass, and award-winning poet and PhD student Essy Stone.

Robert Hass has published numerous books of poetry including The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems, his most recent, and Time and Materials, which won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He served as United States Poet Laureate from 1995-1997. His celebrated books of essays include A Little Book on Form: An Exploration Into the Formal Imagination of Poetry and What Light Can Do: Essays on Art, Imagination, and the Natural World, the recipient of the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Hass translated many of the works of Czeslaw Milosz, and he edited Selected Poems: 1954-1986 by Tomas Transtromer; The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa; and Modernist Women Poets: An Anthology (with Paul Ebenkamp). His many honors include the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, the National Book Critics' Circle Award (twice), and the Wallace Stevens Award.

Essy Stone is a PHD student in poetry at the University of Southern California. She holds an MFA from the University of Miami, and recently completed a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, 32 Poems, and Prairie Schooner. Her first book, What It Done to Us, was awarded the Idaho Prize in Poetry and was published by Lost Horse Press in 2017.

Co-presented by the Mill Valley Library, the Marin Poetry Center, and the Poetry Society of America.

Free and open to the public. Register HERE.

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


Monday, Dec 10, 7:30pm

Washington, DC

Jen Bervin and Martha Nell Smith on Emily Dickinson

Celebrate Emily Dickinson's birthday at the Folger Shakespeare Library! Join us for our annual tribute to Dickinson, featuring presentations by distinguished scholar Martha Nell Smith and artist, writer, and editor Jen Bervin.

Jen Bervin's multidisciplinary work results from poetic and conceptual investigations of material, research, and collaboration, to activate the intersections of art and scholarship; text and textiles; reading, writing, and listening; as well as those of culture, craft, and technology. Bervin's work has been exhibited internationally; her publications include ten books including Silk Poems (Nightboat Books) and Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems with Marta Werner (Christine Burgin / New Directions), a Book of the Year selection by The New Yorker, and Times Literary Supplement.

Martha Nell Smith is Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, Professor of English, and Founding Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland. Her publications include seven singly and coauthored/coedited books, most recently, Emily Dickinson, A User's Guide. Coordinator and Executive Editor of the Dickinson Electronic Archives projects, Smith co-edited Emily Dickinson's Correspondence: A Born-Digital Textual Inquiry, and serves on the Advisory Board of Harvard University Press's Emily Dickinson Archive. The recipient of numerous awards from the NEH, the ACLS, the Mellon Foundation, and the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, Smith is a founding board member of the Emily Dickinson International Society, for which she serves as President. Featured in a documentary about Dickinson, My Letter to the World, Smith's work was foundational for Wild Nights with Emily, an award-winning feature film starring Molly Shannon as Emily Dickinson.

Co-sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library and Poetry Society of America.

Free and open to the public.

Folger Elizabethan Theatre
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003


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 Executive Director Alice Quinn.

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