An Afternoon with Adonis and Khaled Mattawa

Born in Syria in 1930, Adonis is one of the most revered poets of the Arabic-speaking world. An influential, and sometimes controversial, Modernist innovator in Arabic verse, Adonis— and his English-language translator, Khaled Mattawa —presents a poetry reading followed by a lively discussion about poetry and contemporary issues.

Admission free for registered Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference (AWP) participants; for details, please visit the AWP website

Blessing the Boats: A Tribute to Lucille Clifton

Readings by Sherman Alexie, Tina Chang, Toi Derricotte, Michael Dickman, Timothy Donnelly, Cornelius Eady, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Nick Flynn, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Marie Howe, Dante Micheaux, Sharon Olds and Tracy K. Smith, with musical interludes by mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran.

Members' Sleepover: Root of a Dream

We invite our Members to an unforgettable overnight experience of dreaming, reading and writing "poetry of the night." Join us after hours at Poets House for poetry, discussion, and sleeping among the books of your favorite poets in our darkened stacks. Poet and certified hypnotherapist Kristin Prevallet will lead our group of dreamers through a poetic hypnotic induction prompting poetic dreams and inspiration. In the morning, our guests will be encouraged to write and share what surfaces.

Poetry: The Movie

Poets House is delighted to present an advance screening of the new, award-winning Korean film Poetry with an introduction and discussion by film critic Michael Atkinson. A reception to follow.

Advance praise for the film Poetry

"An extraordinary vision of human empathy." – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"A life-size movie about loss and self-discovery." – Wesley Morris, The Boston Globe

Pluriverse: An Afternoon with Ernesto Cardenal

Nicaraguan poet Ernesto Cardenal, one of the great poets of Latin America and "a major epic-historical poet" (Allen Ginsberg) shares his poems and talks about his life with his English-language translator, Jonathan Cohen.

This is a rare New York appearance for the 86-year-old Cardenal, who is the author of more than 35 books, many of them translated into English, including Pluriverse: New and Selected Poems and The Origin of Species and Other Poems.

Book Launch for Rachel Hadas's The Golden Road

Please join us in celebrating the launch of The Golden Road a new book by Rachel Hadas

The evening will feature a reading beginning at 6pm, followed by a reception and signing. All are welcome!

2005: Eamon Grennan on Emily Dickinson (Full Audio)

Identity to Seek: The Selves of Emily -- Irish poet Eamon Grennan discusses Dickinson as a poet who, “reveals to us, in her nature as a fragmented or multiple self” and closely explores two of her poems, “I cannot live with you” and “I cannot tie my hat.”

(Full Audio, approx. 1 hour, 5 mins)

Recorded at the Westport Branch Library, Kansas City, Missouri, May 21, 2005, as part of “Branching Out,” co-sponsored by Poets House and The Poetry Society of America.

Book Launch for Matthew Frazier's *****Original Message*****

Celebrate with publisher Hunt & Light at this special book launch and reading!

Reception and signing to follow.

Matthew Frazier's playful, ethereal voice touches ground in this daring first collection. The poetry is original and immediate, evoking the timeless nature of imagination. Matthew Frazier expresses the beauty and joy of everyday experience with singular grace. ****Original Message***** is deeply inspiring verse, by a poet of new and fascinating dimensions.

The International Women's Writing Guild Holiday Open House

Join the International Women's Writing Guild for a chance to share the IWWG magic! Meet, mingle, enjoy member readings, and preview our upcoming events and new programming for 2013. Non-members and guests welcome!

Food and beverages provided.

Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Visit for more information and to register.

Archipelago Books Year-End Auction

Celebrate eight years of outstanding international literature with Archipelago Books!

with food, wine, and music

Tickets: $25 in advance/$35 at the door, first 100 ticketed guests will receive a gift bag!
purchase advance admission here

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


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