Poetry Spotlight

April (National Poetry Month!) Events

• Saturday April 18, 11:00am
Leap Write In! with Karen Benke

Recommended for 6th - 8th graders; pre-registration required
Stretch and surprise your one-of-a-kind mind in this writing workshop for middle-schoolers. We'll play with magic word tickets, zany prompts, dares and double-dares, and ripped-paged writing experiments.

• Saturday April 18, 3:00pm
A Broad Margin to My Life: Maxine Hong Kingston

Author of the renowned The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston discusses the real-life politics of genre -- how protecting her parents and family meant designating their personal histories as fiction. Part of Other Impulses: Poets Writing Across Genres

• Sunday April 18, Interactive poetry activities 1:00pm; performances 2:00pm
Spring Poems & Songs in the Winter Garden
The Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, 250 Vesey Street

Spoken word artist Mahogany Browne and Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang, and students from Third Street Music School Settlement celebrate spring in the new Winter Garden, Brookfield Place’s spectacular glass atrium with views of the new World Trade Center and the Hudson River with poetry by local schoolchildren, songs from classic New York City musicals and Pete Seeger, as well as percussion and original compositions by Third Street students.

• Saturday April 25, 3:00-5:00pm
Hands On/Hands Off: A Seminar on Artistic Collaboration with Bill Berkson

Inspired by last season’s beloved exhibition A Painter and His Poets: The Art of George Schneeman, poet and curator Bill Berkson gives an overview of such collaborations between New York artists and poets from the 1950s onward, with an opportunity to create and collaborate on new work.
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• Tuesday April 28, 7:00pm
Hurt So Good: Building the Body of the Beloved & Other Emotional Imageries with Natalie Diaz

Award-winning poet and author of the collection When My Brother Was an Aztec Natalie Diaz discusses the relationship between breaking, creating, and love in the inspiration, construction and revision of poetry.

• Thursday April 30
Poem In Your Pocket Day

Poets House staff and volunteers will distribute pocket-sized poems in Battery Park City and Tribeca throughout the day. Then bring a poem of your choice to share, or find one here at Poets House for our Neighborhood Read-In from 3:00-6:00pm, an afternoon of readings and fun!

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