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.

Attention in Its Highest Form Is the Same Thing as Prayer: Poetry as Receptivity and Effortless Effort with Farnoosh Fathi

What is attention? How do we create it? What does the language of your highest attention look like? What kinds of attention support, or obstruct, your process? In this one-day intensive, our class will function as an extended meditation; our work will be to create, combine and consider our attention, with the goal of seeing how this effort, rather than forced determination toward a particular outcome, can be the real work of writing.

One Day Workshop - Fathi


I am Most I When You are Most You: Poetry, Prayer and the Language of your Highest Attention

Ich bin du, wenn ich ich bin— I am I when You are You. How is Celan’s statement an encouragement to do the simultaneous work of poetry and prayer? When are you most you in your process, in your life? What kinds of attention support, or obstruct you? What does the language of your highest attention look like? How do you write the poem that is most yours?

Price: $95.00

Book Launch: Seed

Poets House will host the New York launch of David Eye’s debut collection of poems, Seed (The Word Works, 2017). Seed was selected by award-winning poet Eduardo C. Corral for the Hilary Tham Capital Collection. The event will feature readings from David and Iain Haley Pollock, winner of the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and a performance by New York singer/songwriter Rebecca Hart. Book signing and wine reception to follow.

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


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