2016: 50 Years of Hanging Loose: An Anniversary Celebration

From its magazine origins of mimeographed loose pages in a cover envelope to one of the premier publishers of poetry, Hanging Loose Press celebrates 50 years. The evening will feature readings from Hanging Loose authors Jen Benka, Kimiko Hahn, Cathy Park Hong, Robert Hershon, Dick Lourie, and Mark Pawlak.

2016: Hideous: A Reading and Conversation with Sylvia Legris & Will Alexander

Canadian poet Sylvia Legris, winner of the 2006 Griffin Poetry Prize, and Los Angeles poet Will Alexander, winner of the 2016 Jackson Poetry Prize, discuss how language operates to amputate, dissect, and reveal the most intimate secrets of the human and animal body.

2016: Kinship: Poetic Memoir with Colleen J. McElroy

Although Thomas Wolfe wrote, "you can't go home again," Colleen J. McElroy argues that you can recreate the home you thought you knew. In this craft talk, McElroy examines how "triggering town," as described by Richard Hugo, has evoked and inspired her writing and how poetry is the folkloric vehicle by which she travels. McElroy is the author of several poetry collections, including Queen of the Ebony Isles, winner of the American Book Award, and most recently Blood Memory.

2016: Self-Bomb, Culture-Bomb: An Evening With Aase Berg & Sade Murphy

A founding member of the Stockholm Surrealist group, poet and critic Aase Berg is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Hackers. Elisabeth Hjorth writes: “Hackers is an attack. An act of aggression against the patriarchy, heavy fire against society’s male body... it is also about sleeping with the enemy.” Considered one of Sweden’s most influential poets, Berg makes a much-anticipated U.S. appearance. She is joined by poet Sade Murphy.

A reading by new poets from Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn Heights

For twenty years, in April, new young poets from Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn Heights, students in their ongoing poetry workshop led by Marty Skoble, have presented their work at a variety of venues in New York, including the Poetry Project at Saint Marks, Teachers & Writers Collaborative, and now at Poets House. Please join us to hear these young voices celebrate National Poetry Month.

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

International Women's Writing Guild's Spring Big Apple Regional Writers Conference

Celebrate the International Women's Writing Guild's 40th year at their new Spring Big Apple Regional Writing Conference venue, Poets House. A Crash Course on Queries and Pitches will prepare you to pitch your book at the Meet the Agents & Publishers session. Learn about the publishing process from your peers on the New Authors Panel. Get fresh insights into the publishing world from our Agents & Authors Panel. Not ready to pitch?

Master Class Kazim Ali


Kazim Ali’s books of poetry include Sky Ward, winner of the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry, and The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Books’ New England/New York Award. He is a contributing editor for AWP Writers Chronicle and associate editor of FIELD. Ali teaches at Oberlin College.

Price: $390.00

PROJECTION: A Book Launch and Reading with Jorie Graham

Projection: a multimedia reading series presents a book launch and reading for FAST, the new collection of poems by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jorie Graham. Rescheduled from April 29!

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

Finding the Art in the Line II with Elaine Sexton


Four Wednesdays : April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17

Price: $220.00

Mikhail Mazel and Gary Light presenting a book of poetry "Thaw Molecules"

Both authors were born in the country, which no longer exists, in a year that mirrors the 67th Street sign in Central Park. One of the authors grew up in Chicago and is currently based in Miami. The other author came to New York as an adult, lived in Manhattan for a while, and now sees it in perspective from his windows in Jersey City. Since the early 2000's they occasionally meet in Central Park, right around that 67th street intersection, and talk about literature, poetry in particular.


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