A Broad Margin to My Life: Maxine Hong Kingston

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.

Veils and Words: Poetry by Mohja Kahf, Dunya Mikhail, and Farzaneh Milani

"Being a poet means being human," declared the great Iranian feminist poet Forough Farrokhzad (1935-1967). 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.

Seeking the Glyph: Exhibition Opening and Artist Talk with Edward Sanders

6:00pm - Reception and exhibition tour with Edward Sanders
7:00pm - Artist talk with Edward Sanders and guests

Nguyen Phan Que Mai: A Reading and Discussion with Bruce Weigl

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 Mai's collaborator on her latest book, The Secret of Hoa Sen.

2014: Poetry & Memoir with Nick Flynn, Sarah Manguso and Meghan O’Rourke (Full Audio)

Acclaimed cross-genre writers Nick Flynn, Sarah Manguso, and Meghan O’Rourke address questions of how poetry and memoir tell different kinds of truths and more.
(Full Audio, approx. 1 hour 45 mins)

Part of Other Impulses: Poets Writing Across Genres

2014: Charles Waters at Poets House

The Tribeca Trib's video report on children's poet Charles Waters visit to Poets House

2014: Eliza Griswold on the Landay

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 )

Literary Partners Program: Classic Greek Poetry with the Paideia Institute

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.

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poets House staff and volunteers will distribute pocket-sized poems in Battery Park City and Tribeca throughout the day.

Click here for printable Poem in Your Pocket Day cards!

Literary Partners Program: All About Translation: Russian Poetry and Prose

Join Read Russia for a glass of wine, readings, and a conversation about particular challenges with certain works and authors because of the role language plays in the original texts.

Featuring authors and translators Ian Dreiblatt, Genya Turovskaya, and Matvei Yankelevich with their new translations of works by Nikolai Gogol, Daniil Kharms, and Arkadii Dragomoshchenko. Moderated by Melville House senior editor Mark Krotov.


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