LaTasha N Nevada Diggs, Karma Mayet Johnson, Bob Holman, Robert Hershon, Evie Shockley, Paolo Javier, Erica Hunt and Marty Erlich, Tamar-Kali, Magdalena Gomez, Rosamond King and Melvin Edwards honor the legacy of poet, performer and activist Jayne Cortez (1934-2012) and discuss her influence on their work. Introduced by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika
Come celebrate the launch of Kevin Goodan's fourth book, Let the Voices and Kimberly Burwick's forthcoming Custody of the Eyes.
Kevin Goodan was raised in western Montana and fought forest fires for ten seasons with the USFS on the Lolo National Forest. He is the author of In the Ghost-House Acquainted, Winter Tenor, Upper Level Disturbances, and Let the Voices. He is Associate Professor of English at Lewis-Clark State College.
Join us in celebrating Tonya Foster's long-awaited debut collection, A Swarm of Bees in High Court, (Belladonna*, 2015) with Charles Bernstein, Rich Blint, R. Erica Doyle, Marcella Durand, Erica Hunt, Tyehimba Jess, Evie Schokley, and beloved friends. Tonya's poetry "contemplates unspoken bonds of culture, geography, and race that bring couples and communities together, along with the terrible strains that can tear them apart" (Haryette Mullen).
The eighteenth annual reading by juniors and seniors from the Saint Ann's School Poetry Workshop taught by Marty Skoble. Part of our celebration of National Poetry Month, in the past these events have taken place at the Poetry Project and at Teachers & Writers Collaborative. Now, for the second year, the reading will be at Poets House.
This program is made possible through the Poets House Literary Partners Program.
Kewulay Kamara discusses African oral and written traditions, and his documentary about his attempt to recreate an ancient oral epic after the only written copy was destroyed in the Sierra Leone Civil War, as part of his presentation The Travelling Word: A West African Epic
Internationally acclaimed poet and professor of Arabic poetry Mohammed Bennis reads from his work in Arabic, translated into English by poet Pierre Joris as part of the presentation Transmutations with Moroccan Poet Mohammed Bennis.