Mutants & Hybrids: Mixing Genres with Eleni Sikelianos

Our earliest writers combined forms naturally: Herodotus wrote stories about what he saw or heard and called it history; Sappho wrote songs we call poetry. In this talk, Eleni Sikelianos, poet and memoirist, whose newest book is the mixed-genre You Animal Machine (The Golden Greek), discusses how she and other writers are reviving the flow of genetic material between forms to reflect our complicated minds and lives.

Literary Partners Program: Mayapple Press Poetry Reading

Please join Mayapple Press for an afternoon of thrilling readings from their recently-published books.

Readers include:
Susana H. Case
Toni Mergentime Levi
Eleanor Lerman
Judith Kerman

Booksale to follow.

About the poets:

2014: Song of the Reed: The Poetry of Rumi (Full Audio)

Thirteenth-century Persian poet Rumi is now the most popular poet in the United States. In this event recorded at the AWP Conference & Bookfair in Seattle, Washington, biographer Brad Gooch shares research into Rumi’s lived experience, poet Anne Waldman reflects on Rumi’s contribution to poetry’s ecstatic tradition, and leading Rumi interpreter Coleman Barks, reads his beloved versions of the Sufi poet’s verse.

2014: Showcase Reading Series: Cathy Linh Che, Mark Wunderlich, Harmony Holiday, and Yusef Komunyakaa (Full Audio)

Poets Cathy Linh Che (Split, Alice James Books), Mark Wunderlich (The Earth Avails, Graywolf Press), Harmony Holiday (Go Find Your Father/A Famous Blues, Ricochet Editions), and Yusef Komunyakaa (Testimony: A Tribute to Charlie Parker, Wesleyan University Press) read as part of the Showcase Reading Series, featuring leading and emerging poets with books in this year's

Literary Partners Program: Women Poets Respond to Climate Crisis

Daniela Gioseffi (Editor/Publisher at, hosts a night of readings honoring the work of women poets.

Featured Readers include:
Alicia Ostriker
Nancy Mercado
Vivian Demuth
Peggy Ann Tartt

Open mic to follow; all are welcome to sign up at 6:45. Please bring your favorite eco-poem by a woman and one of your own to read.

Light refreshments will be served.

2014: July 30 Showcase Reading Series (Part 2): Lenelle Moïse and Spencer Reece

Poets Lenelle Moïse (Haiti Glass, City Lights), and Spencer Reece (The Road to Emmaus, Farrar, Straus and Giroux) read as part of the Showcase Reading Series, featuring leading and emerging poets with books in this year's Poets House Showcase.

2014: July 30 Showcase Reading Series (Part 1): Jeffrey Harrison and Joan Larkin

Poets Jeffrey Harrison (Into Daylight, Tupelo Press) and Joan Larkin (Blue Hanuman, Hanging Loose Press) read as part of the Showcase Reading Series, featuring leading and emerging poets with books in this year's Poets House Showcase.

Build a City of Poems: An Interactive Exhibition of Poetry and Art

For three weekends this summer, Poets House will create a poetic summer outpost in one of the historic houses of Governors Island Colonels' Row.

Featuring “Ode to New York City,” an exhibition of art and poetry created by downtown elementary school students, and murals from the Community Word Project, visitors of all ages are invited to contribute their own drawings and poetry, filling in the outline of a gigantic mural cityscape created by artist Felipe Galindo, making a city of poems.

2014: 22nd Annual Poets House Showcase Opening Reading with Meena Alexander, Jennifer Michael Hecht, David Lehman, and Rachel Zucker (Full Audio)

Readings by Meena Alexander (Birthplace with Buried Stones, Triquarterly), Jennifer Michael Hecht (Who Said, Copper Canyon Press), David Lehman (New and Selected Poems, Scribner), and Rachel Zucker (The Pedestrians, Wave Books) open the annual Poets House Showcase, a free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 650 commercial, university, and independent presses.


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