Musician and educator in Persian culture and traditional music Amir Vahab introduces the fundamental melodic and rhythmic modes as well as the primary instruments of the Persian and Ottoman classical traditions. He will be joined by his ensemble for a performance of classical Sufi poetry, including works by Rumi, Hafez, Baba Taher, and Yunus Emre.
2016 Emerging Poets Fellows Emily Brandt, Chialun Chang, Alex Cuff, Rico Frederick, zakia henderson-brown, Anne Lai, Cynthia Manick, José Olivarez, Noel Quiñones, and Nicole Shantè White read work generated during their Fellowship period. Introduced by 2016 workshop leader Adam Fitzgerald. (Full Audio, Approx 1 hour 8 mins )
Gather to celebrate the publication of The Collected Poems of Adrienne Rich (W.W. Norton & Company), a new book honoring the work and life of one of the most radically significant poets of the twentieth century.
Readers Include: Mark Doty, Yusef Komunyakaa, Dawn Lundy Martin, Elizabeth Willis, and Rachel Zucker, with special remarks from W.W. Norton & Company editor Jill Bialosky, and Pablo Conrad, Adrienne Rich’s son.
A reading of work by Donna Cartelli, Noelle De La Paz, Sean Denmark, Woodrow Dismukes, Patrick Disselhorst, Sylvia Foley, Tony Howarth, Angela Januzzi, Justine el-Khazen, Jonathan Kirsh, and Sana, participants in Poets House's spring 2016 6-week prose poem workshop, taught
Please join us in celebrating the publication of accomplished poet, editor, critic, and educator Paul Kane’s sixth poetry volume, Welcome Light, a collection of astonishing range. The book includes poems emblematic of both impeccable form and adventurous innovation. It also includes groundbreaking translations of Hafiz.
Richard Howard notes: “Kane’s first five books established this poet as a varied master of five kinds of art; here in Welcome Light, his sixth, a distressed but never agonized poet offers amazing life within the established kinds of art.”
Brazilian poet Salgado Maranhão, winner of the 2011 Brazilian Academy of Letters Best Book of Poetry award, reads from Blood of the Sun and Tiger Fur with his translator, SUNY Plattsburgh Professor of English Alexis Levitin. (Full audio, approx 1 hr 15 mins)
Poets Mahogany L Browne and Lauren Williams--organizers of the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWPS) will be sharing poems alongside Imani Cezanne, co-winner of 2016 WOWPS. Presented in partnership with Belladonna*.