Passwords: Kathleen Norris on Biblical Themes in Contemporary Poetry

A celebrated poet and writer of spiritual nonfiction, Kathleen Norris considers the significance of Biblical themes in the work of contemporary poets, from Richard Wilbur and James Wright to Denise Levertov and Mary Oliver.

Nordic Voices: A Reading & Conversation

Two young Swedish poets read their work and exchange views on poetry and poetics with preeminent poet and essayist Charles Bernstein.

Greek Avant-Gardist: Demosthenes Agrafiotis

This evening marks the publication of new English translations of two books by experimental Greek poet and visual artist Demosthenes Agrafiotis: Chinese Notebook and Maribor. Michail Palaiologou, a composer who has collaborated with Agrafiotis, and John Sakkis, one of Agrafiotis’s English-language translators, join the poet for a performance and discussion of his work.

The Art of Losing with Nick Flynn, Marie Howe & Kevin Young

From reckoning and regret to recovery and redemption, these poets read and comment on poems from The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief & Healing, edited by Kevin Young.

New York Inferno: Eileen Myles with Douglas A. Martin

Legendary New York School poet Eileen Myles joins novelist and poet Douglas A. Martin for conversation and a reading from her new book, The Inferno (a poet’s novel), a coming-of-age chronicle set in New York City’s poetry world and downtown queer
scene of the 1970s and beyond.

Other Worlds: Afzal Ahmed Syed with Mahwash Shoaib

Born in India and a longtime resident of Pakistan, Afzal Ahmed Syed is an acclaimed master of classical and modern Urdu poetic forms. Syed reads from Rococo and Other Worlds: Selected Poems, his first English-language publication, and discusses Urdu poetry, Middle Eastern and South Asian history, and the politics of translation with poet and translator Mahwash Shoaib.

Sea Tale with Richard Lewis & the Touchstone Center Ensemble

Performed by the Touchstone Center Theatre Ensemble in Teardrop Park South, Poets House’s beautiful “backyard,” this mythic story by Richard
features a wise crab and reveals how the activity of playing first began. After the performance, children will play with words in the making of poems.

Fairly Varied Fairy Tales with Marie Ponsot

A translator from the French of many children’s books and a renowned poet, Marie Ponsot shares her favorite fairy tales. Among her translations are the classic The Golden Book of Fairy Tales and Love and Folly: Selected Fables and Tales of La Fontaine.

Poetry & Popcorn with James Stevenson

Illustrator for the New Yorker and creator of over a hundred children’s books, James Stevenson reads from Popcorn, Sweet Corn, Just Around the Corner and other volumes (all of which feature the word “corn” in their titles). Stevenson also demonstrates how he makes his drawings. Popcorn will be served!

Forever Friends with Carin Berger

Carin Berger shares the poetic story of a bluebird and a brown rabbit whose friendship survives migration and winter. A collage workshop celebrating the beginning of spring follows.

Carin Berger is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including The Little Yellow Leaf, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book.


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