Poetry Spotlight

Poets House: Best of NYC!

Thank you Village Voice for naming Poets House Best Reading Room New York 2014. We love our "spacious, sun-filled perch on the Hudson River," and are thrilled that you do too!

Valeria Luiselli

Valeria Luisellir Poets House congratulates Valeria Luiselli, selected by author Karen Tei Yamashita as one of The National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35, 2014. Come to Poets House to hear her speak on "The Library as Source Material" on Tuesday October 21 (FREE!), as part of "Other Impulses: Poets Writing Across Genres" (see below).

"Always be a poet, even in prose."—Charles Baudelaire.

This season, Poets House invites you to explore poetry’s complex relationship with fiction, memoir, essay, theater, science and more through talks, seminars, and workshops presented by leading cross-genre writers. From page to paint to stage,"Other Impulses: Poets Writing Across Genres" traces the poet’s ability to infuse, implore, recall, and awaken new possibilities in language across the arts and beyond. Don't miss it!

Click here to listen to Part One of the "Other Impulses" series program, A Sexy New Animal: The DNA of the Prose Poem with Natasha Sajé.

Listen to Part Two of the program, with audience Q & A.

Remembering Deborah Pease

Poets House mourns the loss of our dear friend Deborah Saltonstall Pease--poet, former publisher of The Paris Review and literary philanthropist. Deborah's books of poetry include: The Feathered Wind (1991), Did You Know? (1992), Into the Amazement (1993), Out of Nowhere (1994), The Lost Voice of Silence (1996), Another Ghost in the Doorway: Collected Poems (1999), At Ease with Mystery (2005), Out of Context (2007) and Pierrot and Peonies (2008). Deborah was passionate about small and independent poetry press publications and was a formative supporter of the Poets House Showcase, a program that annually gathers all of the new poetry books from across the nation into a single exhibit. Deborah loved the inclusion, democracy and abundant community of the Showcase. Born in Boston in 1943, Deborah Pease died peacefully on Monday, August 11, 2014.

The Soul selects her own Society—
Emily Dickinson

A Painter and His Poets: The Art of George Schneeman EXTENDED THROUGH NOVEMBER 15th!

Visit Poets House to see this "lavish tribute" (New York Times) to artist George Schneeman (1934-2009), spanning 40 years of his work and curated by Bill Berkson and Ron Padgett, on view through Saturday, November 15th.

Celebrate The Art of George Schneeman with two special programs on November 15, Hands On/Hands Off: A Seminar on Artistic Collaboration with Bill Berkson at 3:00pm, then toast the publication of the new book, New York School Painters & Poets: Neon in Daylight, directly following the program at 6:00pm.

Click here to listen to a Schneeman-inspired poetry reading with friends and artistic collaborators Michael Brownstein, Larry Fagin, Alice Notley, Maureen Owen, Harris Schiff, Anne Waldman, and Lewis Warsh, introduced by Bill Berkson.

The Poetic Species: A Conversation with Edward O. Wilson and Robert Hass

The Poetic Species book cover

I am encouraged by this call to action by both scientific and literary communities and curious about the possible responses. - Marla Johnson, Book Review Editor, World Literature Today

In this shimmering conversation (the outgrowth of a 2012 event co-sponsored by Poets House and the American Museum of Natural History), Edward O. Wilson, renowned scientist and proponent of “consilience” or the unity of knowledge, finds an ardent interlocutor in Robert Hass, whose credo as U.S. poet laureate was “imagination makes communities.” A testament to how science and the arts can join forces to educate and inspire, it ends in a passionate plea for conservation of all the planet’s species.

The Poetic Species is a wonderful read in its entirety, short yet infinitely simulating. - Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

Purchase your copy here

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