An evening of recitation, music and film celebrating the early immigrant writers and their contemporary descendants. Poets featured include Kahlil Gibran, Elia Abu Madi, Ameen Rihani and Mikhail Naimy of the Pen League, the group of Arab New Yorkers writing in the first half of the last century, as well as poems by Arab Americans of today. A reception will follow the program.
Readings by Latasha N Nevada Diggs (Belladonna), Cornelius Eady (Kattywompus Press), Dean Kostos (Spuyten Duyvil) and Amy Lawless (Octopus Books) (Previously announced reader Dorothea Lasky is unable to attend).
Join us for the opening of the 21st annual Poets House Showcase, a free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 650 commercial, university, and independent presses. There is no better way to get an overview of the art.
This diverse and inclusive exhibition will be on view through August 3.
One of the foremost poets of Brazil, Adélia Prado is author of eight books of poetry, two of which have been translated into English, including her newest collection Ex-Voto (2013). She was praised by Veja (Brazil’s Newsweek) as “a writer of rare brilliance and invincible simplicity.” In this visit to New York, Prado will read poems with her English-language translator Ellen Doré Watson.
Join us on Proust's birthday to celebrate the publication of The Collected Poems of Marcel Proust, edited by Harold Augenbraum, and featuring the work of 20 poets and translators. Augenbraum, founder of the Proust Society of America, will be joined by contributors Meena Alexander, Marcella Durand, Wayne Koestenbaum, Anna Moschovakis, Mark Polizzotti and Susan Stewart.