2016: Love, H: The Letters of Hettie Jones & Helene Dorn

“We’d fled the norm for women then, because to live it would have been a kind of death,” writes Hettie Jones in Love, H, a selection from the forty-year correspondence between poet Jones and sculptor Helene Dorn. Revealing the intimacy of lifelong friends, these letters explore the battlegrounds of women’s rights, tenants’ rights, marriage, motherhood, and a shared past that kept the two irrevocably connected in the Beat bohemia of the 1960s.

2016: (Absolute) Splendor: A Tribute to Cynthia Macdonald

Join us as we pay tribute to the life and work of acclaimed poet, psychoanalyst, and former opera singer Cynthia Macdonald (1928-2015), known for her humor and her ability to draw poetry from the strange and grotesque. Poets Rosellen Brown, Mark Doty, Edward Hirsch, Phillip Lopate, and Jennifer Macdonald, among others read her work.

2016: Black Love: A Reading and Craft Talk with Joshua Bennett (Full Audio)

Weighing the work of Thylias Moss, Frank Ocean, Robin Coste Lewis, and George Moses Horton, among others, against Thomas Jefferson’s claim in Notes on The State of Virginia that, “among the blacks is misery enough, God knows, but no poetry,” poet and scholar Joshua Bennett explores the politics of black love throughout the African diasporic literary tradition.

2016: American Stanzas - A Reading

In conjunction with her exhibit, American Stanzas 2006-2016, poet, photographer, and Cave Canem Fellow Rachel Eliza Griffiths hosts Mahogany Browne, Aracelis Girmay, Rickey Laurentiis, Nathan McClain, Angel Nafis, Morgan Parker, and Iain Haley Pollock reading their work and celebrating their shared histories.

2016: 50 Years of Hanging Loose: An Anniversary Celebration

From its magazine origins of mimeographed loose pages in a cover envelope to one of the premier publishers of poetry, Hanging Loose Press celebrates 50 years. The evening will feature readings from Hanging Loose authors Jen Benka, Kimiko Hahn, Cathy Park Hong, Robert Hershon, Dick Lourie, and Mark Pawlak.

2016: Hideous: A Reading and Conversation with Sylvia Legris & Will Alexander

Canadian poet Sylvia Legris, winner of the 2006 Griffin Poetry Prize, and Los Angeles poet Will Alexander, winner of the 2016 Jackson Poetry Prize, discuss how language operates to amputate, dissect, and reveal the most intimate secrets of the human and animal body.

2016: Kinship: Poetic Memoir with Colleen J. McElroy

Although Thomas Wolfe wrote, "you can't go home again," Colleen J. McElroy argues that you can recreate the home you thought you knew. In this craft talk, McElroy examines how "triggering town," as described by Richard Hugo, has evoked and inspired her writing and how poetry is the folkloric vehicle by which she travels. McElroy is the author of several poetry collections, including Queen of the Ebony Isles, winner of the American Book Award, and most recently Blood Memory.

2016: Self-Bomb, Culture-Bomb: An Evening With Aase Berg & Sade Murphy

A founding member of the Stockholm Surrealist group, poet and critic Aase Berg is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Hackers. Elisabeth Hjorth writes: “Hackers is an attack. An act of aggression against the patriarchy, heavy fire against society’s male body... it is also about sleeping with the enemy.” Considered one of Sweden’s most influential poets, Berg makes a much-anticipated U.S. appearance. She is joined by poet Sade Murphy.

A reading by new poets from Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn Heights

For twenty years, in April, new young poets from Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn Heights, students in their ongoing poetry workshop led by Marty Skoble, have presented their work at a variety of venues in New York, including the Poetry Project at Saint Marks, Teachers & Writers Collaborative, and now at Poets House. Please join us to hear these young voices celebrate National Poetry Month.

This program is made possible through the Poets House Literary Partners Program.

International Women's Writing Guild's Spring Big Apple Regional Writers Conference

Celebrate the International Women's Writing Guild's 40th year at their new Spring Big Apple Regional Writing Conference venue, Poets House. A Crash Course on Queries and Pitches will prepare you to pitch your book at the Meet the Agents & Publishers session. Learn about the publishing process from your peers on the New Authors Panel. Get fresh insights into the publishing world from our Agents & Authors Panel. Not ready to pitch?

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