Exceptional Expressions at The Morgan

Inspired by the exhibition I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson, Poets House collaborates with the Morgan to present a creative writing workshop for families. Explore the unconventional work of Emily Dickinson with poet, author, and professor Matthew Burgess, then write your own poetry.

Floating Valentines: A Screening of The Red Balloon

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Poets House presents Albert Lamorisse’s timeless children’s film The Red Balloon. Afterward, children make their own floating valentines in the form of hot air balloon mobiles.

Necessary Cuts: Rickey Laurentiis on Revision at Poets House

Though Paul Valéry claimed “a poem is never finished, only abandoned,” what happens between a poem’s creation and its abandonment is revision. Examining "Southern Cross" by Carl Phillips, "Look" by Solmaz Sharif, "won't you celebrate with me" by Lucille Clifton and bits of Sappho and Whitman, besides the spiritual "Wade in the Water," Ma Rainey's "Prove it On Me Blues," and, finally, the art of Basquiat, poet Rickey Laurentiis examines how writers can enact revision in their language, politics and lives via a poem.

Rickey Laurentiis at BMCC

Join us for a reading featuring poet Rickey Laurentiis, author of the critically acclaimed Boy with Thorn, selected by Terrance Hayes for the 2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Breadloaf, and the Poetry Foundation.

Presented as part of the Emerging Poets Fellowship public lecture series

Rooms Are Never Finished: The Legacy of Agha Shahid Ali

Kazim Ali, Rita Banerjee, Amanda Golden, Shadab Zeest Hashmi, Patricia O’Neill, and Sejal Shah examine the life and work of Kashmiri poet Agha Shahid Ali (1949-2001). Celebrated for bringing the ghazal into English, Ali’s work explores cultural ties and divisions, the enduring qualities of love and friendship, and the difficulty of maintaining both.

Harry Clifton & Alissa Valles: A Reading & Conversation

Irish poet Harry Clifton, author of Secular Eden: Paris Notebooks 1994-2004 and winner of the Irish Times Poetry Now Award, and poet and translator Alissa Valles, author of Orphan Fire and recipient of a Poetry Foundation Ruth Lily Poetry Fellowship, explore the boundaries of language against a backdrop of their personal and national pasts.

MetFridays: About Place

Poet and Witter Bynner Fellow Sharon Dolin and Filipino poet and painter Aldrin Valdez read original poems written in response to the work of American Modernist painter, poet, and essayist Marsden Hartley, a masterful colorist known for his powerful landscapes and intimate portraits inspired by the people and rugged coast and mountains of Maine.

Part of MetFridays: New York’s Night Out.

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Passwords: Sholeh Wolpé on Attar

Written in Persia in the 12th century, The Conference of the Birds by Attar remains a central work in the history of literature, in which the birds of the world have gathered in search of their ideal king. In celebration of her new translation, award-winning poet Sholeh Wolpé takes audiences on a journey through the soul’s search for meaning as she rediscovers the light of Attar, considered by Rumi to be the master of Sufi mystic poetry.

Presented as part of Bridging Cultures: Poetic Voices of the Muslim World.

Stand Up: Poetry, Richard Pryor, and Institutional Racism in the Arts with Cathy Park Hong

Using Richard Pryor as a model, New Republic Poetry Editor and Guggenheim Poetry Fellow Cathy Park Hong examines racial conventions in contemporary poetry and fiction and the ways they need to be changed, both on the page and institutionally.

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

Poets House & PEN Mingle

Poets House welcomes PEN American Center for a mingle and celebration of poetry and free expression. Join us for an evening of drinks and engaging conversation hosted by Poets House’s workshop leaders Jay Deshpande, Megan Fernandes, Paolo Javier, and Elaine Sexton. Wine and light hor d'oeuvres will be served.

Please email Gina Scalise at gina@poetshouse.org to RSVP.

Co-sponsored by PEN American Center.

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