In February 2015, Philip Levine—one of the great voices in American poetry—died at 87. While his poems championed the working class of his native Detroit, he understood poetry to be a global art form. Author of more than twenty collections, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Simple Truth (1994), Levine taught at California State University, Fresno for over three decades and served as the 18th U.S. Poet Laureate. This event honors his life and artistry.
Poet and workshop leader Joanna Furhman hosts a reading and publication party for From the Mouth of Babes, work by participants in her 6-week summer poetry workshop, held at Greenwich House Senior Center, Independence Plaza.
Patrice Harvey-Livingston is a native New Yorker, educated in New York City’s public schools when the three “R’s” reigned. Patrice earned a B.A. in Economics from New York University and worked as an office manager/consultant. She has a knack for the written word through poetry and prose.
The first reading of Actualities, the collaborative book from poet Norma Cole and artist Marina Adams. Adams echoes the spareness of Cole’s language with delicate lines that contour muscular negative spaces, sometimes stark and densely foreboding, sometimes luxuriant with color. Norma Cole dialogues with Marina Adams with syncopated poems concerned with fragmentation, transformation, love, precarity, and the tenuousness of kinship between places, things, and being.
A reading celebrating the 50th issue of Plume: a Journal of Contemporary Poetry and the annual Plume Anthology of Poetry, with poets Sarah Arvio, Sally Bliumus-Dunn, Cindy Cruz, Elaine Equi, Jerome Sala, and Grace Schulman.
Hear six voices representing the most recent developments in literary traditions that can trace an unbroken history of Indigenous storytelling back more than 70,000 years. In a special partnership, First Nations Australia Writers’ Network [hyperlink http://www.fnawn.com.au/] brings writers, poets and storytellers to Poets House as part of an international tour. Cathy Craigie, First Nations Australia Writers’ Network Founder and Executive Director, will introduce Dr.
A reading by participants in the July 2015 week-long workshop for writers in high school, hosted by workshop leader Dave Johnson. Introduction by Poets House Children's Room Director Mike Romanos (Full Audio, approx 40 mins)
Readings by Nickole Brown (Fanny Says, BOA Editions), Betsy Fagin (All Is Not Yet Lost, Belladonna*), Emily Hunt (Dark Green, The Song Cave), and Jessica Jacobs (Pelvis with Distance, White Pine Press)celebrate the 2015 Poets House Publication Showcase (Full Audio, Approx. 1 hr.)
Readings by Ellen Hagan (Hemisphere, Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly), Parneshia Jones (Vessel, Milkweed Editions), Anne Marie Macari (Red Deer, Persea Books), and Jean Valentine (Shirt in Heaven, Copper Canyon Press) celebrate the 2015 Poets House Publication Showcase (Full Audio, Approx. 1 hr.)