2018: A Celebration of James Wright: A Life in Poetry (Full Audio)

Biographer Jonathan Blunk and special guests Anne Wright, Donna Masini and Gerald Stern celebrate James Wright: A Life in Poetry, the authorized biography of the poet just published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Blunk has spent decades researching and writing the book, which has been honored by glowing reviews since its appearance this fall. A good friend of Poets House founders Elizabeth Kray and Stanley Kunitz, Wright “comes through vividly on almost every page,” The New York Times declared.

A Celebration of Derek Walcott

Elizabeth Alexander, Hilton Als, Robert Antoni, Carolyn Forché, Lorna Goodison, Jamaica Kincaid, Karl Kirchwey, Yusef Komunyakaa, Glyn Maxwell and Caryl Phillips.

Poetry & Horticulture at The High Line with Tommy Pico

A collaborative program with Poets House and the High Line’s horticultural department. Join poet Tommy Pico at Manhattan’s stunning elevated park built on a former rail line overlooking the Hudson.

26th Annual Poets House Showcase

The only event of its kind, the Showcase is a free exhibit featuring over 3,000 books of poetry published by over 700 presses over the previous 18 months. Discover a panoramic view of nationwide poetry activity. The exhibition will be accompanied by readings throughout the summer.

26th Annual Poets House Showcase Opening Reception and Reading

RECEPTION: 6:00 – 7:00PM
READING: 7:00 – 8:00PM

Glimpse the freshest crop of new poetry. After browsing the exhibition, listen to poets read from books included in the Showcase.

23rd Annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

Support our 30th Anniversary year by attending one our most beloved programs: our annual poetic pilgrimage across the Brooklyn Bridge. Pulitzer Prize-winner Tyehimba Jess and other distinguished poets read poems about the city by Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes and other New York-centric writers along the way, followed by a celebratory dinner with guest Bill Murray and more poetry. Proceeds make Poets House programs
and services possible, including over 100 free programs for children and teens each year.

Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading

Travel to the future of poetry: 2018 Emerging Poets Fellows read new work crafted during mentorship by their workshop leader, poet Aracelis Girmay. The Emerging Poets Fellowship, now in its seventh year, assists poets by providing writing instruction, mentorship, funding, and access to Poets House’s world-class poetry resources.

Presented with support from the Jerome Foundation

Naomi Replansky 100th Birthday Reading

Friends and fellow poets gather to honor National Book Award-nominee Naomi Replansky, who has been praised by Philip Levine as a “warrior for social justice” and B.H. Fairchild as “the master of a Blakean music radically unfashionable in its devotion to songlike meters and the reality and politics of working-class experience.”

Exhibition Opening: The Little Magazine

Exhibition Opening: 6PM
Talk with exhibition curator Sophie Seita: 7PM

A Shadowy Exultation with Edward Hirsch

MacArthur Award-winning poet and critic Edward Hirsch considers how five 19th- and 20-century poets treat luminous moments and visionary experiences. It is “Within a Moment: a Pulsation of the Artery,” William Blake writes, “when the Poets Work is Done.” Such unexpected breakthroughs—sudden and revelatory—arise out of commonplace experiences. How do different poets dramatize epiphanies that rupture time? And how do they integrate them into consciousness?

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