While thousands of people all over the world attend electronically, you are invited to join Al Filreis, Director of the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing at the University of Pennsylvania, and co-teachers Lilly Applebaum, Ali Castleman, and Anna Strong at Poets House for this live recording. Designed for all levels, this introduction to Imagism nurtures a richer appreciation for great poets such as H.D. and William Carlos Williams.
Fred Moten, whose recent collection, The Feel Trio, was a 2014 National Book Award Finalist, explores the ways in which race and poetics--in the wake of colonialism and in the midst of ecological disaster--enter into artistic experimentation, shaping the conditions under which black poets work. Moten’s “partial correspondences” investigate the formal implications of blackness and experimentation, generativity and discovery.
In February 2015, Philip Levine—one of the great voices in American poetry—died at 87. While his poems championed the working class of his native Detroit, he understood poetry to be a global art form. Author of more than twenty collections, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Simple Truth (1994), Levine taught at California State University, Fresno for over three decades and served as the 18th U.S. Poet Laureate. This event honors his life and artistry.
Poet and workshop leader Joanna Furhman hosts a reading and publication party for From the Mouth of Babes, work by participants in her 6-week summer poetry workshop, held at Greenwich House Senior Center, Independence Plaza.
Patrice Harvey-Livingston is a native New Yorker, educated in New York City’s public schools when the three “R’s” reigned. Patrice earned a B.A. in Economics from New York University and worked as an office manager/consultant. She has a knack for the written word through poetry and prose.
The first reading of Actualities, the collaborative book from poet Norma Cole and artist Marina Adams. Adams echoes the spareness of Cole’s language with delicate lines that contour muscular negative spaces, sometimes stark and densely foreboding, sometimes luxuriant with color. Norma Cole dialogues with Marina Adams with syncopated poems concerned with fragmentation, transformation, love, precarity, and the tenuousness of kinship between places, things, and being.
A reading celebrating the 50th issue of Plume: a Journal of Contemporary Poetry and the annual Plume Anthology of Poetry, with poets Sarah Arvio, Sally Bliumus-Dunn, Cindy Cruz, Elaine Equi, Jerome Sala, and Grace Schulman.
Hear six voices representing the most recent developments in literary traditions that can trace an unbroken history of Indigenous storytelling back more than 70,000 years. In a special partnership, First Nations Australia Writers’ Network [hyperlink http://www.fnawn.com.au/] brings writers, poets and storytellers to Poets House as part of an international tour. Cathy Craigie, First Nations Australia Writers’ Network Founder and Executive Director, will introduce Dr.