Celebrate our 25th Anniversary with a Shakespearean Feast

This is a special benefit for Poets House that helps keep our programming free or low cost.

Conquering the Blank Page: Poetry as a Teaching Tool

Drawing on Poets House’s 50,000-volume poetry library, this 5-day intensive course will lead middle- and high school teachers through a variety of hands-on exercises meant to inspire the teaching, writing, and reading of poetry. Collaboratively, we’ll approach poetry as a teaching tool capable of inspiring diverse student populations to create and interpret complex texts.

Opening Reception for "Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here"

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here assembles artists’ responses to the tragic March 5, 2007 bombing that resulted in the destruction of Al-Mutanabbi Street, a cultural and intellectual hub in Baghdad. This major traveling exhibition features approximately 250 artists’ books and 50 broadside (prints) by artists from around the world and was co-organized by Beau Beausoleil, founder of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition, and scholar Sarah Bodman.

Literary Partners Program: Russian Literature: Writers, Readers, & Publishers

A discussion on the current state of Russian literature at home and abroad with poet and editor-in-chief of OGI publishing house Maxim Amelin, author and literary scholar Aleksey Varlamov, and Overlook Press editor Mark Krotov. Moderated by acclaimed literary translator Antonina W. Bouis.

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

2012: Poetry Slam? Or Slam Poetry? with Mahogany L. Browne, Taylor Mali, James Merenda & Jeanann Verlee (Full Audio)

Mahogany Browne, Taylor Mali, James Merenda and Jeanann Verlee, representatives from three of New York City’s most prominent poetry slam series, discuss and demonstrate the poetry slam and what makes a poem not just “come alive” in performance but score well with judges.

(Full Audio, approx. 1 hr. 15mins)

2012: Aaron Shurin on the Craft of Poetry (Full Audio)

San Francisco poet Aaron Shurin considers the question “What is prosody?” in light of the current movement away from meter and traditional forms, exploring some of the ways in which poetic craft continues to make meaning in contemporary poetry.
(Full Audio, approx. 1 hr)

2012: Marjorie Perloff on John Cage (Full Audio)

Renowned scholar and critic Marjorie Perloff discusses American composer and music theorist John Cage (1912-1992), exploring his poetic texts, and looking at his role as a central precursor of Conceptualist poetics.
(Full Audio, approx. 1 hour)

2013: Panel on Native Narratology with Santee Frazier, Allison Hedge Coke & Roberta Hill (Full Audio)

Presentations and a discussion on Native American Narratology with poets Santee Frazier, Allison Hedge Coke & Roberta Hill, part of Native Innovation: Indigenous American Poetry in the 21st Century, March 21 through March 24, 2013
(Full Audio, approx. 2 hrs)

Who are past Emerging Poets and Faculty Members?

The 2012 Emerging Poets Residency workshop was taught by poet and teacher Catherine Barnett. Distinguished Visiting Faculty included Kimiko Hahn, Edward Hirsch, Quincy Troupe and Jean Valentine.

Nuts and Bolts: A Poetry Workshop with Bill Zavatsky

Not a class in mechanics, but a solid review (and more) of what makes poetry tick—from the technique to the heartbeat. Participants will look at meter, rhyme and sonic devices, examine some stanza forms (the sonnet, the villanelle, the pantoum), and discuss Carl Jung’s four functions, all the while learning how these disciplines can inform the use of free verse, the medium employed by most contemporary poets. Students will write both in and out of class, exploring neighborhood settings to strengthen their powers of observation.

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