Poetry Across Languages at the People's Poetry Gathering

Robert Bly will open the 2006 People’s Poetry Gathering with a presentation about the role poetry plays in world languages, literature, and cultural understanding. He will read and discuss his poetry and translations.

The People’s Poetry Gathering was co-founded by Poets House and City Lore in 1999 and co-produced in 1999, 2001, and 2003. Poets House is pleased to co-sponsor this year’s keynote address. See www.peoplespoetry.org for a full schedule.

A Tribute to Paul Zweig

A celebration of the life and work of Paul Zweig (1935-1984), poet, literary critic, and memoirist. The bequest of his personal library began the Poets House collection.

A Conversation with Hwang Sok-Yong and Ko Un

A conversation with two of the leading Korean writers of the postwar period, novelist Hwang Sok-Youn and poet Ko Un.

Presented in conjunction with PEN World Voices: The New York Festival of International Literature.

Women Poets from the Middle East: Agi Mishol, Naomi Shihab Nye & Vénus Khoury-Ghata

A discussion about poetry and politics with three leading poets from the Middle East.

Presented in conjunction with PEN World Voices: The New York Festival of International Literature.

Branching Out Houston: Martín Espada on Pablo Neruda

At each stage of his tumultuous life, Neruda wrote poems as chronicles, explaining his poetry and politics. He also wrote poems about the mysterious power of poetry itself, a power fully embraced in Chilean culture. In his talk Martín Espada will focus on the evolution of Neruda as a political poet, his struggle and exile at the hands of his own government, his triumphant return, his death in the wake of the military coup, and his redemption after democracy returned to Chile.

Archipelagos of Poetry and Politics: A Reading and Conversation With Édouard Glissant and J. Michael Dash

A reading and discussion of world poetry, post-colonial literature, and translation, with readings by Brent Edwards

Presented in conjunction with PEN World Voices: The New York Festival of International Literature.

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