During the course of a long and diverse career as a poet, musician, historian, publisher, activist, and pacifist, Edward Sanders has invented a glyphic alphabet, a colorful script of hand-drawn characters, symbols, and graphemes; in his words, "a Glyph is a drawing that is charged with literary, emotional, historical or mythic, and poetic intensity."
Poet and essayist Alison Hawthorne Deming discusses writing in the era of climate change – how we must join the sensual texture and discernment of poetry with the critical content of scientific writing to fully elucidate a rapidly changing world. (Full Audio, approx 1 hr 30 mins)
We create our own communication. How we listen affects how we speak. How we see our language affects how our voice is heard. Where the senses meet each other is where poetry can begin. Is it possible to allow the body its place in writing? Using exercises of space, sound, performance, theater, collage, and page, as a guide, this workshop will be a creative laboratory that explores how we communicate by exercising the languages inside us. Over six weeks, work will be created, discarded, and renewed in an active writing workshop where movement ignites the process.
U S Poets Laureate Charles Simic and Charles Wright, actor Mary Louise Parker, painter William H Bailey, composer and pianist John Musto, playwright John Guarre, novelist Francine Prose, family members, and others pay tribute to the late poet Mark Strand (1934-2014).
There are over 6000 languages in the whole world. We lose one every two weeks. Hundreds will be lost within the next generation. By the end of this century, half of the world’s languages will have vanished. What do we lose when a language dies? What does it take to save a language?
Join Mahogany L. Browne, Steve Cannon, Cornelius Eady, Bob Holman, Tyehimba Jess, Patricia Spears Jones, Julie Patton, Austin Straus, and Quincy Troupe for readings and discussion of the life and legacy of this electric and under-recognized pivotal poet of the post-war period.
Galway Kinnell (1927-2014), winner of the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and author of over 30 books, was a dear friend to Poets House. Join Jonathan Safran Foer, Edward Hirsch, Marie Howe, Yusef Komunyakaa, Mirah Kozodoy, Sharon Olds, Poets House Board Member Myra Shapiro, Gerald Stern, and C.K. Williams in celebrating the life and work of a remarkable writer and much-missed man.
Due to personal circumstances, Natalie Diaz has cancelled all upcoming events on her New York City reading tour. This program will be rescheduled for a later date.
Award-winning poet, author of the collection When My Brother Was an Aztec, and former professional basketball player Natalie Diaz discusses the relationship between breaking, creating, and love in the inspiration, construction and revision of poetry.