Branching Out NYC: E. Ethelbert Miller on Langston Hughes

Through his examination of Langston Hughes (1902-1967), E. Ethelbert Miller traces America's social transformation from the 1920s through the Civil Rights Movement and provides an intimate inquiry into "this man who taught us how to dream."

Branching Out Hartford: Elizabeth Alexander on Gwendolyn Brooks

Since she began publishing her tight lyrics of Chicago’s great South Side in the 1940s, Gwendolyn Brooks has been one of the most influential American poets of the twentieth century. Her poems distill the very best aspects of Modernist style with the sounds and shapes of various African-American forms and idioms. Brooks is a consummate portraitist who found worlds in the community she wrote out of, and her innovations as a sonneteer remain an inspiration to more than one generation of poets who have come after her.

Semina Poets: Gallery Tour with David Meltzer

David Meltzer conducts a literary tour of Semina Culture, an exhibition celebrating the artist Wallace Berman (1926-1976) and the writers who coalesced around his magazine Semina, including Ginsberg, Duncan and William Burroughs.

Branching Out New Orleans: Elizabeth Alexander on Gwendolyn Brooks

Since she began publishing her tight lyrics of Chicago’s great South Side in the 1940s, Gwendolyn Brooks has been one of the most influential American poets of the twentieth century. Her poems distill the very best aspects of Modernist style with the sounds and shapes of various African-American forms and idioms. Brooks is a consummate portraitist who found worlds in the community she wrote out of, and her innovations as a sonneteer remain an inspiration to more than one generation of poets who have come after her.

Passwords: David Meltzer on West Coast Beats

David Meltzer offers an insider's view of the Beat communities of Los Angeles and San Francisco in the late 1950s with vivid accounts of his friendships with Diane DiPrima, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure and others.

Revealing and Concealing: The Self in Poetry with Rachel M. Simon

Poets often struggle with the issue of how much of the self to reveal in a poem. This workshop is an opportunity to explore different modes of self-revelation and restraint and to discover ways of combining self-expression with poetic discipline.

Poetry in the Presence of Sculpture with Brenda Iijima, Jill Magi, Sawako Nakayasu & Srikanth Reddy

Four poets share work that resonates with the renowned Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) in the exquisite museum and rock garden dedicated to his art.

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