Spring 2015

NY Events

 

Saturday, Sep 19, 2:00pm

Bronx, NY

POETRY FOR EVERY SEASON: OCTAVIO PAZ POETRY WALK

The New York Botanical Garden's blockbuster exhibition Frida Kahlo's Garden is the first to examine Frida Kahlo's keen appreciation for the beauty and variety of the natural world, as evidenced by her home and garden as well as the complex use of plant imagery in her artwork. Featuring a rare display of more than a dozen original Kahlo paintings and works on paper, this limited six-month engagement also reimagines the iconic artist's famed garden and studio at the Casa Azul, her lifelong home in Mexico City.

Curated by poet and photographer Rachel Eliza Griffiths, a poetry walk will feature the poems of Nobel Prize winner Octavio Paz, a contemporary and friend of Kahlo's, many of which reference native plants and flowers.  The poetry walk will be adjacent to the Haupt Conservatory amid the seasonal beauty of the Garden's own collections. At this afternoon reading, Griffiths will read a selection of Paz poems from the poetry walk, as well as original poems inspired by the life and work of Frida Kahlo. 

Rachel Eliza Griffiths
is a poet and photographer. She is the recipient of fellowships including Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Cave Canem Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, New York State Summer Writers Institute, and others. Her literary and visual work has been widely published in journals, magazines, anthologies, and periodicals including Callaloo, The New York Times, Poets & Writers, The Writer's Chronicle, Black Arts Quarterly, African American Review, American Poetry Review, and many others. Her recent full-length collection, Mule & Pear (New Issues Poetry & Prose/2011), was selected for the 2012 Inaugural Poetry Award by the Black Caucus American Library Association. 

Co-sponsored by the New York Botanical Garden.

New York Botanical Garden
Ross Hall
Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road

 
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Sunday, Sep 20, 10:00am

Brooklyn, NY

BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of literary stars and emerging authors who represent the exciting world of literature today. One of America's premier book festivals, this hip, smart, diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages. Poets participating this year include Elizabeth Alexander, Tina Chang, Nick Flynn, Marie Howe, Saeed Jones, Ada Limón, Cate Marvin, Eileen Myles, Gregory Pardlo, Tracy K. Smith, and Jean Valentine.

Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street

For a full calendar of Brooklyn Book Festival events visit here

 
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Thursday, Sep 24, 6:30pm

New York, NY

A TRIBUTE TO PHILIP LEVINE

Kate Daniels, Toi Derricotte, Juan Felipe Herrera, Edward Hirsch, Yusef Komunyakaa, Dorianne Laux, Mari L'Esperance, Paul Mariani, Jane Mead, Thomas Morin, Sharon Olds, Tom Sleigh, David St. John, and Gerald Stern.

Join many of the poetry organizations in New York City to honor the work and memory of the great poet Philip Levine (1928-2015).  An array of distinguished poets and friends of Levine's will read his work in tribute.

Co-sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem Foundation, Library of Congress, NYU's Creative Writing Program, Poets House, and the Unterberg Poetry Center, 92nd Street Y

Admission is free.

The Great Hall
Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street
New York, NY 10003

 
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Thursday, Oct 1, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY:
READINGS AND CONVERSATIONS
Matthew Zapruder, with Deborah Landau

Matthew Zapruder is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Come On All You Ghosts, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Sun Bear, 2014. Why Poetry, a book of prose, is forthcoming from Ecco Press in 2016. An Associate Professor in the St. Mary's College of California MFA program and English Department, he is also Editor at Large at Wave Books. He lives in Oakland, CA.

Co-sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program

Admission is free.

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
New York University
58 West 10th Street 
New York, NY 10003 

 
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Tuesday, Oct 13, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE POETRY SOCIETY READINGS AT MCNALLY JACKSON with Cate Marvin & Robin Beth Schaer

Cate Marvin's third book of poems, Oracle, was released by Norton this year. A 2015 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, she is a professor of creative writing at the College of Staten Island.

Robin Beth Schaer is the author of the poetry collection Shipbreaking (Anhinga 2015). She has received fellowships from Yaddo, Djerassi, Saltonstall, and VCCA. She teaches writing in New York City and worked as a deckhand aboard the Tall Ship Bounty, a 180-foot ship lost in Hurricane Sandy

Admission is free.

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
New York, NY  10012

 
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Thursday, Oct 15, 7:00pm

Brooklyn, NY

THE PSA READINGS AT BOOKCOURT with Rachel McKibbens, Hieu Minh Nguyen & Casey Lynn Rocheteau

Rachel McKibbens is a two-time New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and author of the poetry collections, Into the Dark & Emptying Field (2013) and Pink Elephant (2009), as well as the chapbook MAMMOTH (2013). Her poems, short stories and essays have been featured in numerous journals and blogs, including Her Kind, The Los Angeles Review, The Academy of American Poets, The Huffington Post, and PANK. She co-curates the critically acclaimed reading series Poetry & Pie Night in upstate New York. 

Hieu Minh Nguyen's is a Kundiman fellow, and a recipient of a Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grant from The Loft Literary Center. His debut collection of poetry, This Way to the Sugar (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014), was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, as well as the Lambda Literary Award. He is currently living in Minneapolis.

Casey Lynn Rocheteau was the recipient of the inaugural Write A House permanent residency in Detroit in September, 2014. She has attended the Callaloo Writers' Workshop, Cave Canem, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in Sicily. She's released two albums on the Whitehaus Family Record label. Her first collection of poetry, Knocked Up On Yes, was released by Sargent Press in 2012 and herr\ second collection of poetry will be published by Sibling Rivalry Press in early 2016.

Admission is free.

BookCourt
163 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

 
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Monday, Oct 19, 7:00pm

New York, NY

A TRIBUTE TO THE POET AI

In light of the poet's unexpected passing in 2010 and in celebration of her Collected Poems (Norton, 2012), the PSA has teamed up with the Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem Foundation, Graduate Center for the Humanities, CUNY, Kundiman, and Poets House to present this memorial tribute.  Nine distinguished contemporary poets—Timothy Donnelly, Rigoberto González, Joy Harjo, Tyehimba Jess, Patricia Spears Jones, Yusef Komunyakaa, Timothy Liu, Sapphire, and Susan Wheeler—will read from Ai's work, and House of Cards actor Eisa Davis will perform a selection of Ai's well-known dramatic monologues.

Admission is free.

Proshansky Auditorium
CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Avenue (at 34th Street)
New York, NY 10016 



 
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Thursday, Oct 29, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY:
READINGS AND CONVERSATIONS
Rowan Ricardo Phillips, with Ishion Hutchinson

Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of two books of poetry, Heaven (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015) and The Ground (2012). He is the winner of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2013 Pen/Joyce Osterweil Prize for Poetry, a 2013 Whiting Writers' Award, and the 2013 GLCA New Writers Award for Poetry. 

He is also the author of a work of literary essays, When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness (Dalkey Archive, 2010) and the translator from the Catalan of Salvador Espriu's Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth (2012).

Ishion Hutchinson  is the author of the poetry collection, Far District (2010), which received the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. He is the Meringoff Sesquicentennial Assistant Professor of English at Cornell University and a contributing editor to Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art.

Co-sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program

Admission is free.

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
New York University
58 West 10th Street 
New York, NY 10003 

 

 
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Tuesday, Nov 10, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE POETRY SOCIETY READINGS AT MCNALLY JACKSON with Richie Hofmann & Rickey Laurentiis

Richie Hofmann is the author of the collection, Second Empire (Alice James Books, 2015), winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award.  He is the recipient of a 2012 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, and his poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The New RepublicKenyon Review, and Poetry.

Rickey Laurentiis
is the author of Boy with Thorn, selected by Terrance Hayes for the 2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, forthcoming from University of Pittsburgh Press in Fall 2015. He is the recipient of 2013 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2012 Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Born and raised in New Orleans, he currently resides in Brooklyn.

Admission is free.

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
New York, NY  10012

 
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Thursday, Nov 19, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON AT FORDHAM UNIVERSITY:
READINGS AND CONVERSATIONS
Nick Flynn & Gregory Pardlo, with Alice Quinn

Nick Flynn has received fellowships and awards from, among other organizations, The Guggenheim Foundation, PEN, and The Library of Congress.  He is currently a professor of creative writing at the University of Houston, where he is in residence each spring. In 2015 he published his ninth book, My Feelings (Graywolf), a collection of poems. 

Gregory Pardlo
's collection Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Digest was also shortlisted for the 2015 NAACP Image Award and is a current finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His other honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. Pardlo lives with his family in Brooklyn.


Admission is free.

Co-sponsored by Poets Out Loud, Fordham University's poetry series.

Lincoln Center Campus
113 West 60th Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY  10023

 
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Wednesday, Dec 2, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE POETRY SOCIETY READINGS AT MCNALLY JACKSON with Marie Howe & Michael Klein

Marie Howe is the author of three volumes of poetry, The Kingdom of Ordinary Time (2008); The Good Thief (1998); and What the Living Do (1997), and is the co-editor of a book of essays, In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic (1994).  She has, in addition, been a fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College and a recipient of NEA and Guggenheim fellowships. Currently, Howe teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia, and New York University. She is the 2012-2014 Poet Laureate of New York State.

Michael Klein is the author of  four books of poetry, most recently, When I Was a Twin (Sibling Rivalry Press). He has also written two works of non-fiction, Track Conditions and The End of Being Known both published by University of Wisconsin Press.  He teaches in the MFA Program at Goddard College and at Hunter College, in New York.

Admission is free.

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
New York, NY  10012

 

 
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Thursday, Dec 10, 7:00pm

New York, NY

THE NEW SALON AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY:
READINGS AND CONVERSATIONS
Elizabeth Willis, with Alice Quinn

Elizabeth Willis's most recent book is Alive: New and Selected Poems (New York Review of Books, 2015). Her other books of poetry include Address (Wesleyan University Press, 2011), recipient of the PEN New England / L. L. Winship Prize for Poetry; Meteoric Flowers (Wesleyan University Press, 2006); Turneresque (Burning Deck, 2003); The Human Abstract (Penguin, 1995); and Second Law (Avenue B, 1993). She also writes about contemporary poetry and has edited a volume of essays entitled Radical Vernacular: Lorine Niedecker and the Poetics of Place (University of Iowa Press, 2008). From 1998-2002 she was Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Mills College. Since 2002 she has taught at Wesleyan University, where she is Shapiro-Silverberg Professor of Creative Writing.

Co-sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program

Admission is free.

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
New York University
58 West 10th Street 
New York, NY 10003