23rd Annual Poets House Showcase Opening Reading with Bill Berkson, Dorothea Lasky, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, and Elizabeth Willis

Readings by poets Bill Berkson (Expect Delays, Coffee House Press), Dorothea Lasky (Rome, Liveright), Rowan Ricardo Phillips (Heaven, Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and Elizabeth Willis (Alive: New and Selected Poems, New York Review of Books) open the 2015 Poets House Showcase, our free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 650 commercial, university, and independent presses.

2012: Philip Levine on what inspires him

As part of the Witter Bynner Fellowship Reading with L S Asekoff, poet Philip Levine talks about the sources of his poetic inspiration
(Approx 4 minutes)

2012: L. S. Asekoff and Philip Levine on re-inspiring poets

As part of their Witter Bynner Fellowship reading, poet-teachers L S Asekoff and Philip Levine council a young writer on how to reignite the fires of her poetic inspiration.
(Approx. 5 minutes)

2012: Philip Levine on teaching poetry

As part of the Witter Bynner Fellowship Reading with L S Asekoff, poet Philip Levine talks candidly about being a student of great teachers, and his experiences as a teacher himself (Caution: "Un-scrubbed audio")
(Approx 6 minutes)

2012: Philip Levine on contemporary Detroit

As part of the Witter Bynner Fellowship Reading with L S Asekoff, poet Philip Levine talks candidly about the changes to his hometown of Detroit, Michigan
(Caution: "Un-scrubbed audio")
(Approx 3 1/2 minutes)

2012: Witter Bynner Fellowship Reading with L. S. Asekoff and Philip Levine (Full Audio)

Poet L S Asekoff, co-recipient of the Library of Congress’s 15th annual Witter Bynner Fellowship in poetry, reads from his work followed by a conversation and Q & A with former U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine (who selected Asekoff for the fellowship) moderated by Robert Casper, Head of the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. Introduction by Poets House's Stephen Motika
(Full Audio, Approx 1 hour, 5 mins)

Literary Partners Program: Red Hen Press at Poets House with William Archila, Jericho Brown, and Dean Kostos

Please join Red Hen Press and poets William Archila, Jericho Brown, and Dean Kostos for an afternoon of poetry and discussion.

Books for sale; reception to follow.

About the Poets:

That Serious, Notorious, Public Form: The Contemporary Sonnet with Brian Teare

This class asks the simple question: what is the sonnet today? After centuries of relative stability, the sonnet in English has undergone a lot of changes since Modernism. It has registered almost every formal experiment from the advent of free verse onward: projective verse, collage, homophonic translation, n+7, appropriation, erasure, etc. It has likewise registered almost every philosophical and political development in the last century, from deconstruction to feminism.

So Long, Reality: Writing the Fantastical with Idra Novey

In this workshop, we will move beyond straight-up reality in our poems and see what surprising turns and new meanings reveal themselves when we incorporate surreal elements and occurrences into our work. How do poets write their way into the fantastical? And what role does humor play in getting there? For inspiration, we’ll read excerpts from Alice Notley’s Descent of Alette, poems from Cesar Vallejo, Julio Cortazar, James Wright, Cathy Park Hong, Tomaz Salamun, Hiromi Ito, and many others.

Practicing Sands: Play & Process with Farnoosh Fathi

We play at Paste—
Till qualified, for Pearl—
Then, drop the Paste—
And deem ourself a fool—

The Shapes—though—were similar—
And our new Hands
Learned Gem-Tactics—
Practicing Sands—

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