One of the most celebrated poets of the post-war generation, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Harvard professor Jorie Graham is the author of thirteen books of poetry, most recently From The New World: Poems 1976-2014. Join us for one of the first public readings from this anticipated collection.
During the course of a long and diverse career as a poet, musician, historian, publisher, activist, and pacifist, Edward Sanders has invented a glyphic alphabet, a colorful script of hand-drawn characters, symbols, and graphemes; in his words, "a Glyph is a drawing that is charged with literary, emotional, historical or mythic, and poetic intensity."
Poet and essayist Alison Hawthorne Deming discusses writing in the era of climate change – how we must join the sensual texture and discernment of poetry with the critical content of scientific writing to fully elucidate a rapidly changing world. (Full Audio, approx 1 hr 30 mins)
We create our own communication. How we listen affects how we speak. How we see our language affects how our voice is heard. Where the senses meet each other is where poetry can begin. Is it possible to allow the body its place in writing? Using exercises of space, sound, performance, theater, collage, and page, as a guide, this workshop will be a creative laboratory that explores how we communicate by exercising the languages inside us. Over six weeks, work will be created, discarded, and renewed in an active writing workshop where movement ignites the process.
U S Poets Laureate Charles Simic and Charles Wright, actor Mary Louise Parker, painter William H Bailey, composer and pianist John Musto, playwright John Guarre, novelist Francine Prose, family members, and others pay tribute to the late poet Mark Strand (1934-2014).
There are over 6000 languages in the whole world. We lose one every two weeks. Hundreds will be lost within the next generation. By the end of this century, half of the world’s languages will have vanished. What do we lose when a language dies? What does it take to save a language?
Los Angeles poet and writer Wanda Coleman (1946 – 2013) was the author of twenty books, most recenly 2008's Jazz and Twelve O'Clock Tales. She was considered the unofficial poet laureate of L.A., and was active across the city's artistic scenes as a poet, performer and singer, devoted to themes of racism and the female experience. Join friends, family, and poets for readings and discussion of the life and legacy of this electric and under-recognized pivotal poet of the post-war period.