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Literary Partners Program: Day One - A Poetry Reading and Open Mic

INAUGURATION DAY Friday,  January 20, 2017 5-7PM EST

Poets, writers, and artists commit to voicing our collective dissent on day one through day 1,460.

With readings by:

Wo Chan
Patricia Spears Jones
Rosebud Ben-Oni
Erica Buddington
Nicholas Powers
Denver Butson
Christopher Soto
Bob Holman
Thomas Fucaloro
Cecily Schuler
Amber Atiya

Hosted by: Jen Fitzgerald and Terence Degnan

25th Annual Poets House Showcase!

Love poetry? Poets House invites you to see it all! Poets House celebrates a quarter century of history-making with its annual Poets House Showcase. The only event of its kind, the Showcase is a free exhibit featuring over 3,000 books of poetry published in the preceding 18 months. For 25 years, more than 700 commercial, university, and independent presses and individuals have contributed poetic texts and ephemera annually, stitching together the diverse and inclusive tapestry of today’s contemporary poetry.

25th Annual Poets House Showcase Opening Reception & Reading

Celebrate a quarter-century of the Poets House Showcase and surround yourself with poetry published in the last 18 months. Spend time with your favorite books and discover new favorites.

22nd Annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

As Poets House convenes the celebration of its 30th year, join us for our annual poetic pilgrimage across the East River by way of the historic Brooklyn Bridge. Celebrated poets including Billy Collins and Gregory Pardlo are joined by actor and poetry lover Bill Murray to read New York City-inspired poems under the arches of the Bridge. Poets lead the trek from Manhattan to Brooklyn, where dinner, wine, conversation, and poetic inspiration await.

Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading Hosted by r. erica doyle

Join us as we journey into the future of poetry. 2017 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellows read new work crafted during mentorship under their workshop leader, poet r. erica doyle. The Emerging Poets Fellowship, now in its sixth year, assists poets by providing writing instruction, mentorship, funding, and access to Poets House’s world-class poetry resources and programming.

Presented with support from the Jerome Foundation

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 in A Street in Bronzeville and The Near-Johannesburg Boy.

Presented as a part of Our Miss Brooks 100

Poetry and Desire: A Reading and Conversation

Poets Vahni Capildeo, Natalie Diaz, Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo, and Shivanee Ramlochan examine intimacy, language, and poetry as the key that unlocks both mind and body.

Passwords: Anne Waldman with Steven Taylor on William Blake

A founder and director of the Poetry Project and co-founder along with Allen Ginsberg of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, poet Anne Waldman, with Bessie Award-nominated musician Steven Taylor, explores the prophetic work of 18th-century poet William Blake. Waldman takes audiences on a journey through Blake’s celebrated and expansive writings, their mystical undercurrent, and how they have influenced her poetry.

Corrosive Power: A Reading and Conversation 

Swedish and Iranian poet Athena Farrokhzad, author of White Blight, reads with her translator Jennifer Hayashida, and Brazilian poet Noemi Jaffe, author of What are the Blind Men Dreaming?, reads with her translators Julia Sanches and Ellen Elias-Bursać. Together, they discuss the borders of power, gender, language, place, and identity, examining where they intersect and diverge.

Co-sponsored by PEN World Voices Festival.

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