Breaking Open Jargon through Poetry with Sahar Romani

In 1978 the academic and critic, Raymond Williams published Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society. Not quite a dictionary, nor a glossary, this book explored the history and multiple uses of socially significant and contested words – Democracy, Liberal, Culture, Revolution. Inspired by Williams, in this workshop we will identify words that we consider socially and politically urgent and necessary, but also slippery and elusive in their meaning and use.

Demolishing Monuments (A Liberatory Practice) with Mahogany L. Browne

Mahogany L. Browne is Artistic Director of Urban Word NYC & Program Director of BLMPratt. She curates the Nuyorican Poets Café Friday Night Slam, and is author of the books Smudge, Redbone, and Dear Twitter. She lives in Brooklyn.

Presented in conjunction with Freedom Forums 2017: A Conversation on Freedom: Personal, Artistic and Civic

Literary Partners Program: Book Party for LOVE IN THE LAST DAYS by D. Nurkse

LOVE IN THE LAST DAYS, a new poetry book by D. Nurkse, just out from Knopf, is a verse re-telling of the Tristan and Iseult story: lovers, monsters, prisons, a mad king--contemporary echoes are intentional. You're invited to a party, brief readings, bread, wine, friendship, and a celebration in the spirit of Roethke's line "in a dark time the eye begins to see."

lone goose press launch & readings of Opening the Mouth of the Dead by Catherine Woodard & All of Him by Matthew & Michael Dickman

In her first trip to NYC, Sandy Tilcock, proprietor of lone goose, will discuss book art collaborations with questions from her three authors and the audience.

Opening the Mouth of the Dead by Catherine Woodard is the first trade paperback and limited-edition letterpress book art simultaneously published by Tilcock. It's a story in poems inspired by the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead about a family in a small town in the South longing for connection. Celebrate with wine, cheese & MoonPies.

Loving & Fierce: A Party of Books

Join these fiercely loving writers as they celebrate the recent publication of their books: Jennifer Chang, Some Say the Lark (Alice James Books); Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Rocket Fantastic (Persea); Joseph O. Legaspi, Threshold (CavanKerry Press); and Paisley Rekdal, The Broken Country (University of Georgia Press). Readings by the authors with a reception to follow.

This event is made possible through the Poets House Literary Partners Program.

Literary Partners Program: Book Launch for Apsara in New York with a Reading by Poet Sokunthary Svay and Discussion on “Reimagining Khmer American Narratives”

Join us for the launch of Apsara in New York by Willow Books author Sokunthary Svay, featuring a reading and discussion of Khmer American narratives with members of the Cambodian American Literary Arts Association and Mekong NYC.

This event is made possible through the Poets House Literary Partners Program.

Literary Partners Program: Red Hen Press at Poets House with Edward Hirsch, Elise Paschen, and Ellen Rachlin

Please join Red Hen Press and poets Edward Hirsch, Elise Paschen, and Ellen Rachlin for a poetry reading and reception.

Books for sale.

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One-Day Workshop - Akbar


Mining the Poetic Unconscious with Kaveh Akbar

Price: $95.00

Passwords: Sina Queyras on Sylvia Plath

Despite the brevity of her life, Sylvia Plath forever changed the world of American letters, both as poet and as cultural icon. Lambda Literary Award winner Sina Queyras guides audiences in a fresh look at one of poetry’s most influential figures. Queyras is the author of several poetry collections, including Lemon Hound, MxT and, most recently, My Ariel.

Exhibition Opening: Prose Architectures

6:00pm Exhibition Opening
7:00pm Reading with Renee Gladman and Fred Moten

Renee Gladman’s drawings regard language and narration as architectures with interiors that can be opened, enacted, or mapped. This exhibition features work from two of her drawings-for-books, Prose Architectures and Plans for Sentences, as well as larger discrete ink and gouache works for the wall.

Exhibition on view September 26-November 4, 2017


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