Passwords: Anne Waldman with Steven Taylor on William Blake

A founder and director of the Poetry Project and co-founder along with Allen Ginsberg of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, poet Anne Waldman, with Bessie Award-nominated musician Steven Taylor, explores the prophetic work of 18th-century poet William Blake. Waldman takes audiences on a journey through Blake’s celebrated and expansive writings, their mystical undercurrent, and how they have influenced her poetry.

Corrosive Power: A Panel Discussion and Conversation with Athena Farrokhzad & Noemi Jaffe

Swedish poet Athena Farrokhzad, author of White Blight, appears with her translator Jennifer Hayashida, and Brazilian poet Noemi Jaffe, author of What are the Blind Men Dreaming?, appears with her translators Julia Sanches and Ellen Elias-Bursać. Together, they discuss the borders of power, gender, language, place, and identity, examining where they intersect and diverge.

Co-sponsored by PEN World Voices Festival.

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Discover poetry! Join young readers and writers along with special guests for an afternoon of readings and fun. Bring a poem of your choice to share or find one at Poets House. This community reading is a great way to tune your ears to new poets and old friends.

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.

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