Harry Clifton & Alissa Valles: A Reading & Conversation

Irish poet Harry Clifton, author of Secular Eden: Paris Notebooks 1994-2004 and winner of the Irish Times Poetry Now Award, and poet and translator Alissa Valles, author of Orphan Fire and recipient of a Poetry Foundation Ruth Lily Poetry Fellowship, explore the boundaries of language against a backdrop of their personal and national pasts.

MetFridays: About Place

Poet and Witter Bynner Fellow Sharon Dolin and Filipino poet and painter Aldrin Valdez read original poems written in response to the work of American Modernist painter, poet, and essayist Marsden Hartley, a masterful colorist known for his powerful landscapes and intimate portraits inspired by the people and rugged coast and mountains of Maine.

Part of MetFridays: New York’s Night Out.

Passwords: Sholeh Wolpé on Attar

Written in Persia in the 12th century, The Conference of the Birds by Attar remains a central work in the history of literature, in which the birds of the world have gathered in search of their ideal king. In celebration of her new translation, award-winning poet Sholeh Wolpé takes audiences on a journey through the soul’s search for meaning as she rediscovers the light of Attar, considered by Rumi to be the master of Sufi mystic poetry.

Presented as part of Bridging Cultures: Poetic Voices of the Muslim World.

Stand Up: Poetry, Richard Pryor, and Institutional Racism in the Arts with Cathy Park Hong

Poetry Editor for the New Republic and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Cathy Park Hong examines poetry as social engagement and how writers can use their pens as weapons and tools for change.

Presented as part of the Emerging Poets Fellowship public lecture series, with support from the Jerome Foundation.

Poets House & PEN Mingle

Poets House welcomes PEN American Center for a mingle and celebration of poetry and free expression. Join us for an evening of drinks and engaging conversation hosted by Poets House’s workshop leaders Jay Deshpande, Megan Fernandes, Paolo Javier, and Elaine Sexton.

Please email Gina Scalise at gina@poetshouse.org to RSVP.

Co-sponsored by PEN American Center.

Huddled Masses: Alicia Ostriker on Immigration

Award-winning poet and critic Alicia Ostriker examines the links between poetry and America’s origins as a nation of immigrants and as a beacon of equality, intended to be open and welcoming to all.

Presented as a part of the Poetry Coalition’s inaugural initiative, Because We Come from Everything: Poetry & Migration.

Passwords: Margaret Randall on Cuban Poetry

Feminist poet, photographer, and social activist Margaret Randall takes audiences on a linguistic journey through Cuba. Editor of Only the Road ⁄ Solo el Camino: Eight Decades of Cuban Poetry, the most complete bilingual anthology of Cuban poetry available to an English readership, Randall explores Cuban culture and landscape through its poetry and her own photographic documentation.

Presented as a part of the Poetry Coalition’s inaugural initiative, Because We Come from Everything: Poetry & Migration.

Canadian Mosaic: A Reading and Conversation

Canada’s foremost poets Colin Browne, Daphne Marlatt, and former Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate Fred Wah read from their work, exemplifying the contemporary landscape of Canadian poetry. Poets share insight into how their diverse backgrounds as filmmakers, novelists, and scholars inform their own poetics and contribute to the diverse tapestry of Canadian literature. Moderated by Paolo Javier.

Funded in part by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Cage Shuffle

In Cage Shuffle Paul Lazar (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Snowpiercer) speaks a series of one-minute stories by John Cage from his 1963 score Indeterminacy while simultaneously performing choreography by Annie-B Parson. The stories are spoken in a random order with no predetermined relationship to the dancing. Chance serves up its inevitable blend of strange and uncanny connections between text and movement. With live tape and digital collage scored and performed by composer Lea Bertucci. *Photos by Ian Douglas.

Poetry Since 1912: Books, Issues, & Ephemera from the Poetry Foundation

On view March 22-June 16, 2017

An exhibit featuring books, periodicals, and ephemera from the working library of Poetry magazine and the Poetry Foundation. Items include books inscribed to staff by great poets of the times, rare and seminal issues of the famed poetry magazine, and relics from the Foundation’s storied history.

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