Conquering the Blank Page: Poetry as a Teaching Tool

Designed for lifelong lovers of poetry as well as those who have always feared the genre, this five- day intensive will lead middle- and high school teachers through a variety of hands-on exercises meant to inspire the teaching, writing, and reading of poetry. Drawing on the abundant resources of Poets House’s library, reading room and multimedia center, participants will compose, workshop, and share their own poems over the course of the week, all the while approaching poetry as a teaching tool capable of inspiring diverse student populations to read, write, and interpret complex texts.

Allen Ginsberg Birthday Party

Join us on Allen Ginsberg's birthday to celebrate the publication of The Essential Ginsberg, edited by Ginsberg biographer Michael Schumacher (Dharma Lion).

Literary Partners Program: To the Secret: A reading with Franck André Jamme and Jen Bervin

Please join agnès b for a reading in celebration of Franck André Jamme's latest book, To the Secret with a reading by:
Franck André Jamme
& Jen Bervin (Reading in English)

To the Secret is published by La Presse and translated by Norma Cole.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the reading.

Writing Beyond Yourself: Persona Poems with Nickole Brown & Jessica Jacobs

Write what you know: This most common of writing advice can also be the most confining—but only when limited to your own personal experiences. Instead, this generative weekend workshop will invite you to take on other lives and voices in your poems, to write from perspectives, time periods, and even genders not your own.

Poetry and Science: A Reading, Conversation, and Workshop with Jane Hirshfield

Poet and essayist Jane Hirshfield begins this special event with a reading from her work that engage science and natural history, including poems from the newly published The Beauty.

The Natural World of California: Poetry with Cedar Sigo, Juliana Spahr, and Tanya Sarmina

Enjoy readings by poets Cedar Sigo, Juliana Spahr, and Tanya Sarmina in the Oakland section of the Gallery of California Natural Sciences. They will use poetry to explore the gallery as a site for creative expression, while inspiring and educating viewers about parts of the natural world we often take for granted.

Literary Partners Program: Marsh Hawk Press at Poets House

Please join Marsh Hawk Press in celebrating their Spring 2015 publications.

Readers include:
Jane Augustine
Jon Curley
Basil King
Christina Olivares
Eileen R. Tabios

This event is made possible through the Poets House Literary Partners Program

2015: A Broad Margin to My Life: Maxine Hong Kingston (Full Audio)

Recipient of the National Book Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award, Maxine Hong Kingston reads from her work and discusses fact vs fiction, and how her writing travels beyond the boundaries of genre.
(Full Audio: approx 1 hour 15 mins)

Literary Partners Program: Heller Levinson Book Release Party

Please join Heller Levinson for a reading from Wrack Lariat, newly released from Black Widow Press.

Wrack Lariat, the third exfoliation of Hinge Poetics, further emboldens Hinge pioneering by launching four new modules and offering Fusionistic Intercoursing with visual artists past and present.

This event is made possible in part through the Poets House Literary Partners Program


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