Fall 2017

NY 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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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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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 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 has 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 (2014). 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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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 

 
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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; 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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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