The Sonnet: A Craft Talk with Shane McCrae

Sonnets have been written in English for about 500 years, and though their popularity has risen and fallen during that time, almost from the beginning poets have utilized sonnets for everything from grand statements to private messages. Shane McCrae explores the history of the sonnet and considers its use by today’s poets.

Presented as part of the Emerging Poets Fellowship public lecture series, with support from the Jerome Foundation.

Shane McCrae at BMCC

National Book Award-winning poet Shane McCrae reads from his work.

Presented as part of the Emerging Poets Fellowship public lecture series, with support from the Jerome Foundation

Foliage & Pattern with Carl Phillips

L.A. Times Book Award-winner Carl Phillips discusses how pattern makes for meaning and muscularity in five poems. Author of over a dozen poetry books and two books of criticism, Phillips’s newest
poetry collection is Wild is the Wind.

30 Poems: Close Readings
This spring, Poets House continues with a year-long exploration of 30 poems that have left an indelible mark on the history of poetry: six poets provide close readings of five enduring poems (6 x 5 = 30).

Poland's Ryszard Krynicki with Clare Cavanagh, Edward Hirsch and Alissa Valles

Born in a Nazi labor camp in Austria in 1943, Ryszard Krynicki went on to become one of post-war Poland’s most significant poets, as well as an acclaimed editor, publisher, and translator. Krynicki joins his translators and fellow poets to read and discuss the release of his selected book of poems, Magnetic Point, and the first uncensored, English-language translation of Our Life Grows, first published in Paris in 1978.

Presented as part of the PEN World Voices festival.

Between "Soft" and "Hard" Clocks: A Meditation on Temporality with Erica Hunt

Poet, essayist, and teacher Erica Hunt considers five poems and how they frame time: tense, tempo, slippage, archive, and prophecy. Author of several books of poetry, including Time Slips Right Before the Eyes,
Local History, ARCADE
and Piece Logic, she is also co-editor of Letters to the Future: Radical Writing by Black Women with Dawn Lundy Martin. She is the Parsons Family University Professor of Creative Writing at Long Island University, Brooklyn campus.

Passwords: Danez Smith on Audre Lorde

Finalist for the National Book Award and Lambda Award-winner Danez Smith discusses the life and work of legendary poet and activist Audre Lorde (1934–1992), whose radical poetics broke new ground in addressing racism, sexism, class inequity, and homophobia.

The Archive as Resistance: A Craft Talk with Cynthia Cruz

The author of four books and winner of the Hodder Fellowship, among other honors, poet and critic Cynthia Cruz discusses creative engagement with archives as a means of social resistance and aesthetic experimentation, offering examples from visual art, including experimental film; contemporary poetry; and her own practice.

Presented as part of the Emerging Poets Fellowship public lecture series, with support from the Jerome Foundation.

Best American Poetry: 30 Years with Mark Doty, Terrance Hayes, Natasha Trethewey and Others

The acclaimed annual anthology series Best American Poetry celebrates three decades of publication with readings of selections by several of its editors, who are among the most renowned poets in the country.

Poets House at AWP in Tampa, Florida

On the occasion of Poets House’s 30th Anniversary, three award-winning poets, representing the rich diversity of contemporary American poetry, read from their work and discuss the role of poetry in our culture.

Admission free for registered Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference (AWP) participants; for details, please visit the AWP website

The City with Rigoberto Gonzalez

Lambda Award-winning poet Rigoberto González considers five poems that explore the city. As the bittersweet symbol of order and chaos, progress and decay, community and overcrowding, the city is both beacon and demon—a landscape of possibility where dreams are born and where dreams transform or die. González examines a range of poetic representations of the city and civilization and how, over centuries, this manmade space continues to mirror human joy and anxiety. These poems help us understand the powers of the city—the greatest archive of memory, history and story.

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