The Buzz with Naomi Shihab Nye

In this workshop of reading, writing and discussing poems about our lives, Naomi Shihab Nye, author of the recent young-adult poetry collection Honeybee, explores how poetry functions as the honey of the hive.

Old Days, New Days: A Celebration of Daylight with Richard Lewis

Join Richard Lewis and members of the Touchstone Center Theatre Ensemble as they perform And So It Was Day, a retelling of an ancient Hawaiian chant about the emergence of life on earth and its bountiful first day. With poems and artwork, each child will create a book of days that celebrates the music and magic of daylight.

Correspondences: A Reading & Conversation with Goran Sonnevi & Rika Lesser

In celebration of his 70th birthday and the publication of his new book, Mozart’s Third Brain, the preeminent Swedish poet Göran Sonnevi makes a rare appearance with his English-language translator, poet Rika Lesser.

Polish Poetry Now

A bilingual reading with leading Polish poets Bożena Keff, Marzanna Kielar, Tomasz Rożycki & Eugeniusz Tkaczyszyn-Dycki.

Polish Poetry Now

Four leading Polish poets Bożena Keff, Marzanna Kielar, Tomasz Rożycki & Eugeniusz Tkaczyszyn-Dycki, discuss contemporary Polish poetry with translators Bill Johnston and Benjamin Paloff.

The Poetry of Thom Gunn

A reading with Alfred Corn, Elaine Equi, Wendy Lesser, Robert Pinsky, Robert Polito, Tom Sleigh & Joshua Weiner

The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry

Francisco Aragón, poet and editor of The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry, hosts a reading of leading Latino poets and a panel exploring multi- and interlingualism, the role of location and other topics.

• 6:30pm: Panel with Brenda Cardenas, David Dominguez, Gina Franco, Scott Inguito, Urayoan Noel & Rich Villar, moderated by Francisco Aragon

Past the Barriers: The Poetry & Poetics of Thom Gunn

Poets John Peck and Brian Teare discuss the formal precision and bold subject matter of British poet Thom Gunn (1929–2004), who found his poetic voice during the five decades he lived in the Bay Area. Introduced by Joshua Weiner

Sudden Orpheus: A Puppet Show by Ariel Goldberger & Leonard Schwartz with Diane Ferrer

In Sudden Orpheus, an avant-garde puppet-theater piece for adults, puppeteer Ariel Goldberger and poet Leonard Schwartz explore the frontier between poetry and puppetry, drawing from the myth of Orpheus, the sculptures of Alberto Giacometti and Schwartz’s own poems. A panel discussion with Thalia Field, Edwin Frank,Ariel Goldberger,
Claudia Orenstein & Leonard Schwartz follows the performance at 3:30pm.

Sudden Orpheus: A Puppet Show by Ariel Goldberger & Leonard Schwartz with Diane Ferrer

In Sudden Orpheus, an avant-garde puppet-theater piece for adults, puppeteer Ariel Goldberger and poet Leonard Schwartz explore the frontier between poetry and puppetry, drawing from the myth of Orpheus, the sculptures of Alberto Giacometti and Schwartz’s own poems.

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