Poets House at AWP in Tampa, Florida

On the occasion of Poets House’s 30th Anniversary, three award-winning poets, representing the rich diversity of contemporary American poetry, read from their work and discuss the role of poetry in our culture.

Admission free for registered Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference (AWP) participants; for details, please visit the AWP website

The City with Rigoberto Gonzalez

Lambda Award-winning poet Rigoberto González considers five poems that explore the city. As the bittersweet symbol of order and chaos, progress and decay, community and overcrowding, the city is both beacon and demon—a landscape of possibility where dreams are born and where dreams transform or die. González examines a range of poetic representations of the city and civilization and how, over centuries, this manmade space continues to mirror human joy and anxiety. These poems help us understand the powers of the city—the greatest archive of memory, history and story.

Diamond Mountains: Poets Respond to Korean Art

Poets Amanda Calderon and Michael Leong read works in response to The Met’s exhibition Diamond Mountains: Travel and Nostalgia in Korean Art, featuring artwork from the 18th century to the present inspired by what may be the most famous and emotionally resonant site on the Korean peninsula—The Diamond Mountains. The region’s location in what is today North Korea has kept it largely inaccessible in modern times.

Writing the Body with Kimiko Hahn

What does text look like if a writer is “writing the body”? Poet Kimiko Hahn considers this, using as a starting place écriture féminine—the French feminist movement of the 1970s that defined writing as, in the words of scholar Elaine Showalter, “inscription of the feminine body and female difference in language and text.” Hahn explores the concept of a “full throated” poetry of physicality in the work of writers like Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Plath, Lucille Clifton, Joy Harjo, and Claudia Rankine.

Poetry & The Body with Chia-Lun Chang, Alex Cuff, Rico Frederick, Ricardo Hernandez, Cynthia Manick and Adeeba Talukder

Graduates of Poets House’s Emerging Poets Fellowship read new work composed on the theme of the body as inspired by experiences working in the Poets House archives.

Presented as part of Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & The Body, the second annual initiative of the Poetry Coalition, a national poetry coalition working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.

Writing & Teaching in a Time of Crisis: Lessons from June Jordan

During her life, poet and essayist June Jordan (1936 – 2002) energetically responded to the crises of the disenfranchised with activism, writing and teaching. To continue her legacy of speaking truth to power, poets Joshua Bennett, Suzanne Gardinier, Donna Masini and Aja Monet talk about their own experiences with writing and teaching in our current time of crisis.

Presented with the support of the June M. Jordan Literary Estate.

Poem In Your Pocket Day

Discover poetry! Join young readers and writers along with special guests for an afternoon of readings and fun. Bring a poem of your choice to share or find one at Poets House. This community reading is a great way to tune your ears to new poets and old friends.

Can I Touch Your Hair: Poems of Race, Mistakes & Friendship with Charles Waters and Irene Latham

Children’s poet and actor Charles Waters joins poet and novelist Irene Latham to read and discuss their children’s book Can I Touch Your Hair: Poems of Race, Mistakes & Friendship, praised by the Kirkus Review as a “fresh approach to exploring interracial communication.”

Floating Valentines: A Screening of The Red Balloon

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Poets House presents Albert Lamorisse’s timeless children’s film The Red Balloon. Afterward, children make their own floating valentines in the form of hot air balloon mobiles.

For ages 4 - 10

Weeklong Workshop for Teens

This weeklong workshop brings together high school poets from around the city for a marathon session of writing, reading, and discovering poetry with instruction by professional poets. Lunch and Metrocards provided for all. Workshop participants will be selected through an application process. Full scholarships provided for students with need. A celebratory reading takes place Friday, July 20 at 6:00PM.

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