2012: Philip Levine on contemporary Detroit

As part of the Witter Bynner Fellowship Reading with L S Asekoff, poet Philip Levine talks candidly about the changes to his hometown of Detroit, Michigan
(Caution: "Un-scrubbed audio")
(Approx 3 1/2 minutes)

2012: Witter Bynner Fellowship Reading with L. S. Asekoff and Philip Levine (Full Audio)

Poet L S Asekoff, co-recipient of the Library of Congress’s 15th annual Witter Bynner Fellowship in poetry, reads from his work followed by a conversation and Q & A with former U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine (who selected Asekoff for the fellowship) moderated by Robert Casper, Head of the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. Introduction by Poets House's Stephen Motika
(Full Audio, Approx 1 hour, 5 mins)

Literary Partners Program: Red Hen Press at Poets House with William Archila, Jericho Brown, and Dean Kostos

Please join Red Hen Press and poets William Archila, Jericho Brown, and Dean Kostos for an afternoon of poetry and discussion.

Books for sale; reception to follow.

About the Poets:

That Serious, Notorious, Public Form: The Contemporary Sonnet with Brian Teare

This class asks the simple question: what is the sonnet today? After centuries of relative stability, the sonnet in English has undergone a lot of changes since Modernism. It has registered almost every formal experiment from the advent of free verse onward: projective verse, collage, homophonic translation, n+7, appropriation, erasure, etc. It has likewise registered almost every philosophical and political development in the last century, from deconstruction to feminism.

So Long, Reality: Writing the Fantastical with Idra Novey

In this workshop, we will move beyond straight-up reality in our poems and see what surprising turns and new meanings reveal themselves when we incorporate surreal elements and occurrences into our work. How do poets write their way into the fantastical? And what role does humor play in getting there? For inspiration, we’ll read excerpts from Alice Notley’s Descent of Alette, poems from Cesar Vallejo, Julio Cortazar, James Wright, Cathy Park Hong, Tomaz Salamun, Hiromi Ito, and many others.

Practicing Sands: Play & Process with Farnoosh Fathi

We play at Paste—
Till qualified, for Pearl—
Then, drop the Paste—
And deem ourself a fool—

The Shapes—though—were similar—
And our new Hands
Learned Gem-Tactics—
Practicing Sands—

Master Class with Major Jackson

Major Jackson's most recent book of poetry is Holding Company. He is professor at the University of Vermont and the Bennington Writing Seminars.

Application Deadline: Friday May 22

Master Class with Laura Kasischke

Winner of the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for Space, in Chains and a finalist for the 2015 Kingsley Tufts Award for The Infintesimals, Laura Kasischke is the author of seven books of poetry and nine popular novels.

Application Deadline: Friday May 15

Hands On/Hands Off: A Seminar on Artistic Collaboration with Bill Berkson

New York artists and poets from the 1950s onward developed a new type of synergy – spontaneous, casual, and involving popular forms such as comics and advertising layouts.

Poetry Out Loud Recitations

New York City regional winners in the national Poetry Out Loud recitation contest come together for a performance of memorable and moving poems.

Poetry Out Loud is presented by the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Teachers and Writers Collaborative, and the Poetry Foundation


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