2017: Five Sonnets: 30th Anniversary Event with Monica Youn

National Book Award finalist Monica Youn discusses the history of poetry through the lens of the sonnet. Welcome by Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti, introduction by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika.
(Full Audio, approx. 1 hr 5 mins)

Master Class with Brenda Shaughnessy

$395.00

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of So Much Synth (Copper Canyon Press, 2016); Our Andromeda (Copper Canyon Press 2012), which was a finalist for the Griffin International Poetry Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Award; Human Dark with Sugar (Copper Canyon Press, 2008), winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets; and Interior with Sudden Joy (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999), which was nominated for the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, a Lambda Literary Award, and the Norma Farber First Book Award.

Price: $395.00

2017: The Wind Will Undo Us: A Tribute to James Tolan

Denver Butson, Nicole, Callihan, Lorraine Doran, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Wendy Larsen, Owen Lewis, Fran Quinn, Jason Schneiderman, Myra Shapiro, Olivia Stiffler, Cecilia Woloch, Holly Messitt, Junuh Tolan, and friends to honor the work of James Tolan (1964–2017), a beloved member of the Poets House community and long-time professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College. We gather to celebrate Jim’s artistry, wisdom, and grit on the occasion of the release of his posthumous collection of poetry, Filched.

2017: Borrowed Confessions: Julie Carr, Mónica de la Torre and Anna Moschovakis

Julie Carr, Mónica de la Torre, and Anna Moschovakis discuss intimacy, feminism, and the act of confession in epistolary poetry from Lorine Niedecker, Jack Spicer, Bernadette Mayer, Mark McMorris, and others. Audience members will be invited to write “letters” as a form of response to the panelists and then to read them aloud, initiating dialogue. Introduction by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika
(Full Audio, approx. 1 hr 20 mins)

2017: Passwords: Cedar Sigo on Joanne Kyger

Poet Cedar Sigo presents a new book he edited There You Are: Interviews, Journals, and Ephemera, a collection of 40 years of interviews, letters, poems, and journals from the remarkable poet Joanne Kyger (1934-2017). He'll pay tribute to his mentor and friend, while also sharing photos and images from Kyger's archive. There will also be a showing of Kyger's 1968 video, "Descartes," shown courtesy of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

2017: Iowa International Writing Program 50th Anniversary Reading

Poets House invites audiences to journey around the world with the International Writing Program (IWP), the nation’s unique conduit for the world’s literatures. Ubah Cristina Ali Farah, (Somalia/Italy), Maung Day, (Myanmar), and Vladimir Martinovski, (Macedonia), together with alumnae Anne Kennedy (New Zealand) and Natasha Tiniacos (Venezuela), join IWP in celebrating its 50th year in an evening of readings and conversation about poetry around the globe.

A Memorial for John Ashbery

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. With Elizabeth Hazan, Ann Lauterbach, Dara Wier, Trevor Winkfield and musical performances by Dashon Burton and the Brentano String Quartet.

This event is free. You must reserve your tickets via this link or through the 92nd Street Y Box Office.

2017: Passwords: Cheryl Clarke on Gwendolyn Brooks

Poet and essayist Cheryl Clarke discusses the poetics and politics of Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Reading from Brooks’ early and late poetry, Clarke examines Brooks’ contributions to a radical black practice of poetry and her representations of the black working class
(Full audio Approx. 55mins)

2017: Technicians of the Sacred: 50th Anniversary

Editor Jerome Rothenberg, George Quasha, Anne Waldman, Barbara Einzig, Stuart Cooke, David Larsen, Ariel Resnikoff, Cecilia Vicuña, and Bob Holman & Papa Susso celebrate the new, 50th anniversary edition of Technicians of the Sacred: A Range of Poetries from Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania, one of poetry’s germinal texts, educating generations of writers and readers to the multiple possibilities for poetry throughout the world. Introduction by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika. Hosted by Bob Holman

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