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Literary Partner Program: Pessoa in New York

Presented as part of Pessoa in New York, please join Arte Institute for a night featuring a lecture with Professor Ellen W. Sapega about "Signs of Disquiet—Imagining Fernando Pessoa in the 1980s” and a performance by the artist Beatriz Albuquerque.

This event is made possible in part through the Poets House Literary Partners Program

Literary Partners Program: Finishing Line Press Poetry Chapbook Reading

Please join Finishing Line Press for a reading, celebrating poets and their chapbooks.

Reception to follow.

Readers include:

Rose Auslander
Mark Belair
Elizabeth Coleman
Sherri Felt Dratfield
Vivian Eyre
Kim Farrar
Margaret Barbour Gilbert
Michael J. Grabell
Anita Pulier
Alison Carb Sussman

Poets' Bios:

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World Exhibit Opening

Join us for the opening celebration and a tour of the Poetic Voices of the Muslim World traveling exhibit as it arrives in Queens, featuring a talk by Pulitzer Prize winning dramatist Ayad Akhtar, followed by a tour of the exhibit by City Lore's Director of Poetry Programs Catherine Fletcher with Sara Goudarzi (reading Forugh Farrokhzad) and Ahmed Eissawi (reading Al-Mutanabbi).

2005: Vijay Seshadri on Elizabeth Bishop (Full Audio)

In his talk "The Vertical Elizabeth Bishop", poet Vijay Seshadri examines the origins and the scope of Bishop's visionary ambitions, her complicated, paradoxical relationship to the religious traditions that shaped her thought, and, finally, her ability to expose, in small poems and large, the fundamental questions underlying our experience.

(Full Audio, approx 53 mins)

2013: An Evening with Mei-mei Berssenbrugge with Charles Altieri (Full Audio)

Mei-mei Berssenbrugge was described by poet Jackson Mac Low as “neither objectivist nor subjectivist but a poet of the whole consciousness.” Born in Beijing, she emerges from diverse influences, from the artistic scene of her rural New Mexico home to the New York School and Language poets. Her over a dozen books of poetry include artistic collaborations with her husband Richard Tuttle and visual artist Kiki Smith. Berssenbrugge is joined by University of California Berkeley scholar Charles Altieri.

2006: Billy Collins reads at the 11th Annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

Poet Billy Collins reads his poems "Ballistics," "January in Paris," and "The Trouble with Poetry" at the 11th Annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

2003: David Antin: The Politics of Poetry

Internationally known for his “talk pieces”— improvisational blends of comedy, story and social commentary that have been described as a mix of Mark Twain and Gertrude Stein, poet David Antin will explore how language can be regarded as essentially political.

2007: Simon Armitage on Ted Hughes (Full Audio)

Simon Armitage, one of the pivotal voices in contemporary British poetry, explores the influence of childhood and landscape on the work of fellow Yorkshire poet Ted Hughes (1930-1998).

(Full Audio, approx. 50 mins)

Funded by the New York Council for the Humanities


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