Showcase Reading Series: Ellen Hagan, Parneshia Jones, Anne Marie Macari, and Jean Valentine

Ellen Hagan (Hemisphere, Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly), Parneshia Jones (Vessel, Milkweed Editions), Anne Marie Macari (Red Deer, Persea Books), and Jean Valentine (Shirt in Heaven, Copper Canyon Press)

Showcase Reading Series: Timothy Liu, Sara Jane Stoner, Yolanda Wisher, and Magdalena Zurawski

Readings by Timothy Liu (Don’t Go Back to Sleep, Saturnalia Books), Sara Jane Stoner (Experience in the Medium of Destruction, Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs), Yolanda Wisher (Monk Eats An Afro, Hanging Loose Press), and Magdalena Zurawski (Companion Animal, Litmus Press)

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This is a special benefit for Poets House that helps keep our programming free or low cost.

Join us for a celebration of the sumptuous art of fine dining and timeless poetry with Eliza Griswold, Daniel Halpern, Mary Karr, and Vijay Seshadri.

Price: $750.00

Alternate Worlds? Poetry & Popular Fiction with Laura Kasischke

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Space, in Chains and a finalist for the 2015 Kingsley Tufts Award, Laura Kasischke is the author of both poetry and popular novels. She’ll discuss how writing poetry and prose are utterly opposite ways of approaching material, language, and life, drawing on her own work as well as that of other multigenre writers.

Person, Place, Thing with Randy Cohen & Diane Ackerman

We are thrilled to welcome Emmy Award-winner Randy Cohen, widely known as the original writer of “The Ethicist” for New York Times Magazine, back to Poets House for a second live recording of his beloved public radio show, which interviews popular public figures about one person, place, and thing they find meaningful. Poet, essayist, and naturalist, guest Diane Ackerman is the author of two dozen works of nonfiction and poetry.

Neighborhood Poetry Read-In

Join our young pocket-poets and other special guests for an afternoon of readings and fun! We invite you to bring a poem of your choice to share, or find one here at Poets House. A great after-school event for families and poetry lovers of all ages, and a festive culmination of our year-long work with local school children.
Hosted by Dave Johnson and Charles Waters.

Funding provided by Goldman Sachs

Bad Bitch Poetics with Sally Wen Mao

In this workshop, we will explore what it means to be a "bad bitch" in the context of writing poetry—whether that is writing outside the margins or cracking open a silence that needs to speak. What is the meaning of "badness" in the context of verse—to be fearless, subversive, transgressive, promiscuous, assertive, or unapologetic? Or is it a more quiet resistance to the status quo? Could it be a reflection of duende, a hand-to-hand combat with the inner artistic demon, a heightened awareness of death, earthiness, dirt, and a dash of the diabolical?

What's Inside is Just a Lie: The Agony & Ecstasy of Influence with r erica doyle

In Stew’s brilliant rock musical Passing Strange, the main character, inspired by ex-pat James Baldwin, embarks on a journey where he encounters Mr. Venus, a Berlin performance artist, who declares “What’s inside is just a lie! Culture is cosmetic..." The Young Man realizes that "What’s inside of each and every one of us … what we mistakenly call our thoughts, our feelings, and our dreams, have actually been put there by a system, therefore our minds have been invaded, conquered, and occupied."

Poems from Late Empire with Scott Hightower

This is a workshop about writing poems from the post September 11th, post Madrid train bombing, post-Charlie Hebdo world. The Muse and the Banshee are both welcomed. We will be looking at both historical and contemporary poems—like those of Andy Young, Cynthia Hogue, Gregory Pardlo, Peter Covino, and Steve Fellner—and considering notions of Gaston Bachelard's "The Poetics of Space" and poem as a place for the imagination to dwell.


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