2018: Best American Poetry: 30 Years

The acclaimed annual anthology series Best American Poetry celebrates three decades of publication with readings of selections by several of its editors: Mark Doty, Terrance Hayes, Edward Hirsch, and Natasha Threthewey. Hosted by Series Editor David Lehman. Introduction by Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti
(Full audio approx. 1 hr 30 mins)

Master Class with Elaine Equi


Saturday, April 14, 2:30-6:30pm
Sunday, April 15, 12:00-4:00pm

In this weekend intensive, we’ll explore a rich abundance of ways to write short poems. Our focus will be on forms like aphorisms, haiku and haibun, lists, jokes, concrete poems, fragments, erasures, and more. For inspiration, we’ll look at classic and contemporary poets such as Paul Celan, Lorine Niedecker, Issa, Sappho, Joe Brainard, Robert Lax, and Larry Eigner.

Price: $390.00

Master Class with Tyehimba Jess


Saturday, April 7, 4:00-7:00pm
Sunday, April 8, 12:00-5:00pm

Tyehimba Jess is the author of leadbelly (2005) and Olio (2016), winner of the Pulitzer Prize. His honors include a fellowship from the NEA and a Lannan Literary Award. He is a Professor of English at the College of Staten Island.

Fee: $390

Price: $390.00

Literary Partners Program: Finishing Line Press Poetry Showcase

Readers with works published by Finishing Line Press will present old and/or new poems:, Anita S. Pulier, Jeanne Marie Osterman, James B. Nicola, PaulA Neves, Catherine Higgins-Moore, Kathleen McCoy, Deborah Kahan Kolb, Jeremy Freedman, Theodore Cornwell, Patricia Carragon, Adam Berlin.

2018: 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, these urban spaces continue to mirror human joy and anxiety. These poems help us understand the powers of the city—the greatest archive of memory, history and story.

2018: Writing the Body with Kimiko Hahn

What does text look like if a writer is “writing the body”? Poet Kimiko Hahn considers this, using as a starting place écriture féminine—the French feminist movement of the 1970s that defined writing as, in the words of scholar Elaine Showalter, “inscription of the feminine body and female difference in language and text.” Hahn explores the concept of a “full throated” poetry of physicality in the work of writers like Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Plath, Lucille Clifton, Joy Harjo, and Claudia Rankine.
(Full audio approx. 1 hr 10 mins)

2018: Poetry & The Body

Ricardo Hernandez, Cynthia Manick, Alex Cuff, Chia-Lun Chang, Rico Frederick, and Adeeba Talukder, graduates of Poets House’s Emerging Poets Fellowship read new work composed on the theme of the body as inspired by experiences working in the Poets House archives.
(Full audio, approx. 2 hrs)

The Ghost Dictatorship

History haunts the modern-day Philippines, as the tyrannical rule of President Rodrigo Duterte and brutal policing methods recall the country’s murderous 1970s Marcos regime. Authors Gina Apostol and Eric Gamalinda and journalist Sheila Coronel reflect on the current state of the Philippines—and its global ramifications—and share their insights with moderator Sabina Murray.

Presented as part of the PEN World Voices festival

Pablo Neruda: The Poetry of Resistance

Revered around the world for his universal verse, Pablo Neruda also left a legacy as being one of the most iconic and important resistance poets of his century. His relationship to readers and to his own writing was extraordinarily shaped by time of political crisis and authoritarianism. In our current political climate, what does Neruda give us now, both in the utility of his actual words and in his example?

Write Back Soon!

In this workshop, participants, led by esteemed poet and educator Karen Benke, will write letter poems to be mailed to friends, family, and acquaintances or left in beautiful Battery Park to delight and astonish unsuspecting pedestrians.


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