Galway Kinnell (1927-2014), winner of the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and author of over 30 books, was a dear friend to Poets House. Join Jonathan Safran Foer, Edward Hirsch, Marie Howe, Yusef Komunyakaa, Mirah Kozodoy, Sharon Olds, Poets House Board Member Myra Shapiro, Gerald Stern, and C.K. Williams in celebrating the life and work of a remarkable writer and much-missed man.
Award-winning poet, author of the collection When My Brother Was an Aztec, and former professional basketball player Natalie Diaz discusses the relationship between breaking, creating, and love in the inspiration, construction and revision of poetry.
Recipient of the National Book Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, author of the renowned 1976 work The Woman Warrior, and the daughter of illegal Chinese immigrants, Maxine Hong Kingston discusses the real-life politics of genre -- how protecting her parents and family meant designating their personal histories as fiction.
"Being a poet means being human," declared the great Iranian feminist poet Forough Farrokhzad. Three leading Middle Eastern American poet-scholars - Mohja Kahf, Dunya Mikhail, and Farzaneh Milani - explore the complicated intersection of religion, gender, and political life through readings and discussion of their work and the work of the great female poets of their home countries—Iran, Iraq, and Syria—as a way to understand the evolutions and revolutions of the last fifty years.
Award-winning Vietnamese writer, journalist and translator Nguyen Phan Que Mai, presents with Bruce Weigl, Pulitzer Prize nominee, renowned translator, author of thirteen poetry collections, and Que Ma's collaborator on her latest book, The Secret of Hoa Sen.
Eliza Griswold, author of the poetry and photography compilation I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan discusses the form, content and importance of this traditional women's folk poetry. (Full Audio, approx 20 mins )
Join the Paideia Institute for its first poetry reading event featuring Christopher Childers and Henry Walters. We will hear from these accomplished contemporary poets about how they interpret or incorporate classical literature in their art.
The evening will include a reading and discussion of each poet’s approach to translation and the presence of the classical world in their work. Refreshments will be served.