Join us for an evening of readings by top poets and special guests, as we walk over the East River by way of the historical Brooklyn Bridge. With hundreds in attendance each year, this beloved New York City tradition celebrates the literary landscape surrounding us all. A special dinner in DUMBO with more readings follows the walk. All proceeds help make possible the many, quality events and public programs Poets House presents each year.
The StoSvet Literary Project and the Russian American Cultural Center present the launch of the English edition of Oleg Woolf's Bessarabian Stamps, translated from the Russian by Boris Dralyuk. With Boris Dralyuk, David Shook, Sharon Mesmer, Mihaela Moscaliuc, Michael Waters, Jeff Friedman, and Slava Polishchuk. Hosted by Irina Mashinski.
"I don't know if Bessarabian Stamps is footnote, photography, short story or what. I vote for poetry. Terrific poetry!" -- Gerald Stern
This event made possible by the Poets House Literary Partners Program.
Join us for a celebration of the release of the Afghan Women’s Writing Project’s new anthology Washing the Dust from Our Hearts. Afghan women writers, special guests, and audience members will read from the book. Copies available for purchase.
This event is made possible through the Poets House Literary Partners Program.
Tempest Productions presents La Scafetta: The Foundling Drawer, based on poems by Mary Rohrer-Dann and adapted for the stage by Cynthia Mazzant, with Roxanna Arrojo, Cynthia Mazzant, Elaine Meder-Wilgus, Laura Riley, Lissa Ramirez, Mary Rose Valentine, Jo Wadsworth, and Mike Waldhier.
The many registers of the poetry of John Wieners (1934-2004) are explored in an evening of readings of his work by presenters (in order of appearance)Robbie Dewhurst, Fanny Howe, Joshua Beckman, Lewis Warsh, Hoa Nguyen, Cedar Sigo, Monica de la Torre, Raymond Foye, and Rachel Levitsky. Introduced by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika. (Full audio, approx. 1 hr, 15 mins)
Jane Hirshfield, one of the foremost poets of her generation and a master illuminator of poetic craft, reads from her two most recent books, The Beauty (poems) and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (essays), and engages the audience in a conversation about the ways poetic language, attention, and word-craft navigate and enlarge both our personal and shared existence. Introduced by Poets House Program Director Stephen Motika (Full Audio, Approx 1 hr 15 mins)
Jerome Rothenberg discusses his half century of anthologies, from Technicians of the Sacred: A Range of Poems from Africa, America, Asia & Oceania (1968) to Barbaric Vast & Wild: An Assemblage of Outside & Subterranean Poetry from Origins to Present (2015), reconsidering what holds these works together and what the future might be for the study of ethnopoetics. (Full audio, apprx 1 hr, 10 mins)