Passwords: Cheryl Clarke on Gwendolyn Brooks

Poet and essayist Cheryl Clarke discusses the poetics and politics of Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Reading from Brooks’ early and late poetry, Clarke examines Brooks’ contributions to a radical black practice of poetry and her representations of the black working class in A Street in Bronzeville and The Near-Johannesburg Boy.

Presented as a part of Our Miss Brooks 100

Technicians of the Sacred: 50th Anniversary

First published in 1968, Technicians of the Sacred: A Range of Poetries from Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania is one of poetry’s germinal texts, educating generations of writers and readers to the multiple possibilities for poetry throughout the world. Fifty years later, Technicians of the Sacred still delights readers with its ability to excite discovery and expand the notion of the genre.

A Doll for Throwing: When The Self is not The Self

Mary Jo Bang will discuss her new book A Doll for Throwing, for which she invented a ventriloquized persona that incorporates historical figures from the Bauhaus movement (among them, Lucia Moholy and László Moholy-Nagy), personal interiority, biography, and sheer invention. She will also describe her use of artworks and other material as the basis for imagined stage sets, from which speakers address aspects of the world from which they were drawn and urgent issues of the present.

The Realm of History: Susan Howe and Pattie McCarthy

Poet Pattie McCarthy, known for re-visioning historical texts, joins living legend and 2017 Robert Frost Medal recipient Susan Howe on the occasion of her 80th birthday for an evening of readings and conversation. Howe is the author of multiple poetry collections, including That This, The Midnight, Kidnapped, The Europe of Trusts, and, most recently, Debths. Celebrated for her historical eye and innovative verse, Howe remains one of the preeminent voices of her generation.

Poetry as Pluriverse: Rethinking Language Justice - A Reading and Conversation

A Reading and Conversation with Bei Dao, Sharmistha Mohanty, Daouda Ndiaye, Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Zhai Yongming and Raúl Zurita. Hosted by Anne Waldman.

2017 25th Anniversary Poets House Showcase Members-Only Open Mic

Readings by Poets House Members Don Hogle, Liora Mondlak, Sarah T. Jewell, Bracha N. Bomze, Rosalie Calabrese, Patricia McKernon Runkle, Rose Bernal, Janet Brof, Lynne Shapiro, Robert Kramer, Vincent Bell, Dean Kostos, Tom Borek, Kiki Black, Chris Hansen-Nelson, Ilsa Gilbert, Hermine Meinhard, and Ellen Rittberg, hosted by 2016 Poets House Emerging Poet Fellow Rico Frederick
(Full audio, approx. 1hr)

2017 Showcase Reading Series: Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, Aziza Barnes, Ching-In Chen, and DéLana R. A. Dameron

Readings by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib (The Crown Ain't Worth Much, Button Poetry), Aziza Barnes (i be, but i ain't, YesYes Books), Ching-In Chen (recombinant, Kelsey Street Press), and DéLana R. A. Dameron (Weary Kingdom, Palmetto Poetry Series). Welcome by Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti. Introductions by Poets House Program Assistant Renata Ament

Dwell in Possibility! Donna Masini at Prismatic Park

Between August 29th and September 3rd, poet Donna Masini will be in Prismatic Park inviting you to write “postcard poems,” create a collaborative “Chain of Imagination,” participate in poetry readings, celebrate Labor Day.

Here are descriptions of what you can expect—but, above all, expect the unexpected:
(Check schedule below for exact times)

2017 Showcase Reading Series: Alex Dimitrov, t'ai freedom ford, Lauren Hunter, and Debora Kuan

Readings by Alex Dimitrov (Together and by Ourselves, Copper Canyon Press), t'ai freedom ford (how to get over, Red Hen Press), Lauren Hunter (Human Achievements, Birds, LLC), and Debora Kuan (Lunch Portraits, Brooklyn Arts Press). Welcome by Poets House Director of Library and Outreach Services Reginald Harris, Introductions by Poets House Program Assistant Renata Ament
(Full Audio approx. 1 hr 5 mins)

Literary Partners Program: A New Colossus, A 92Y Reading

In 1883, the same year she was teaching immigrants at 92Y’s then-downtown branch, Emma Lazarus wrote her famous poem, “The New Colossus.”

“Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” muses the Statue of Liberty in Lazarus’s imagined monologue. “Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, / I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

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