Join us in celebrating Tonya Foster's long-awaited debut collection, A Swarm of Bees in High Court, (Belladonna*, 2015) with Charles Bernstein, Rich Blint, R. Erica Doyle, Marcella Durand, Erica Hunt, Tyehimba Jess, Evie Schokley, and beloved friends. Tonya's poetry "contemplates unspoken bonds of culture, geography, and race that bring couples and communities together, along with the terrible strains that can tear them apart" (Haryette Mullen).
The eighteenth annual reading by juniors and seniors from the Saint Ann's School Poetry Workshop taught by Marty Skoble. Part of our celebration of National Poetry Month, in the past these events have taken place at the Poetry Project and at Teachers & Writers Collaborative. Now, for the second year, the reading will be at Poets House.
This program is made possible through the Poets House Literary Partners Program.
Kewulay Kamara discusses African oral and written traditions, and his documentary about his attempt to recreate an ancient oral epic after the only written copy was destroyed in the Sierra Leone Civil War, as part of his presentation The Travelling Word: A West African Epic
Internationally acclaimed poet and professor of Arabic poetry Mohammed Bennis reads from his work in Arabic, translated into English by poet Pierre Joris as part of the presentation Transmutations with Moroccan Poet Mohammed Bennis.
A discussion of the life and work of National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award winning poet Hayden Carruth (1921-2008) with Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Marilyn Hacker, Douglas Unger, and Joe-Anne McLaughlin, moderated by Shaun Griffin, editor of From Sorrow's Well: The Poetry of Hayden Carruth. (Full Audio, Apprx. 1 hour 30 mins)