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Sound Sense & Sway: Master Class with Kazim Ali

Saturday April 22, 2:00-6:00pm
Sunday April 23, 12:00-4:00pm

Kazim Ali’s books of poetry include Sky Ward, winner of the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry, and The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Books’ New England/New York Award. He is a contributing editor for AWP Writers Chronicle and associate editor of FIELD. Ali teaches at Oberlin College.

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Short Talks on Large Legacies in Black History

In celebration of Black History Month, Timothy Donnelly, Margo Jefferson, and Mónica de la Torre present short talks on poetic giants of the past and how the legacy of African-American poetry continues to shape their own craft. Join us as we pay homage to black writers and artists who have helped shape contemporary poetry and take one last look at our exhibition American Stanzas: 2006-2016 by poet, photographer, and visual artist Rachel Eliza Griffiths.

Passwords: Brad Gooch on Rumi

Poet, novelist, and biographer Brad Gooch discusses the life and work of Persian poet and Sufi mystic Rumi. Author of the new biography Rumi’s Secret, Gooch unearths the mystery behind the legendary poet and his devotion to a “religion of love.” Gooch will read Rumi’s poems, along with his co-translator Maryam Mortaz. Join Gooch and Mortaz as they decode the life of one of the most enigmatic poets of the last eight centuries.

Presented as part of Bridging Cultures: Poetic Voices of the Muslim World.

Literary Partners Program: Michael O’Brien Memorial Reading

To celebrate the life of poet and translator Michael O’Brien (1939-2016), the following will read from his work: Ed Barrett, Allen Braffman, Bill Corbett, Nancy Garniez, Rachelle Garniez, August Kleinzahler, Stuart Miller, Patrick Morrissey, Geoffrey O’Brien, Hiroaki Sato, Hugh Seidman, John Tipton, and Bill Zavatsky.

Literary Partners Program: Launch of CAPITALS –A Poetry Anthology on the Capital Cities of the World

CAPITALS, a ‘blazing new international poetry anthology’ on the capital cities of the world edited by Abhay K. (Bloomsbury) will be launched at Poets House with the readings by the contributing poets – Alfred Corn, Jonathan Cohen, Annie Finch, Ladan Osman, Denize Lauture, ko ko Thett, and Lola Koundakjian, among others. Abhay K. will be in conversation with Burt Kimmelman on various aspects of the anthology.

An Invitation to Poetic Discovery

How do you find inspiration? Poets House invited contemporary poets J. Mae Barizo, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, and Monica Youn to our 70,000-volume library in New York City to discover new poetic voices, traditions, and forms. Poets will share their discoveries and read some of their own poems that will inspire your reading, writing, and life. Kevin Young will introduce and moderate.

Literary Partners Program: A celebration of Misuzu Kaneko and “Are You an Echo?” with author David Jacobson

"Without a doubt one of the most amazing books of the year." — Betsy Bird, School Library Journal

Come celebrate the New York launch of "Are You an Echo? The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko."

Beloved children’s poet Misuzu Kaneko (1903-1930) captivated Japan with her innate sympathy for all living and non-living things. Forgotten for decades after her untimely death, her poetry touched the hearts of millions after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated northern Japan in 2011.

Poetry in Motion

Join us for an intimate discussion about the art of poetry, featuring four very different poetic voices from Europe – Elena Alexieva 
from Bulgaria and the author of Ladder on the Heart and Face of Killer Angel; Ann Cotten whose poetry plays with perspective, an intrinsic part of her poetic process; Immanuel Mifsud who sees similarities between the way his own life is evolving and that of a fish in an aquarium; and Krisztina Tóth whose poetry deals in an emphatic, reflected and sometimes ironic way with ev

Literary Partners Program: The New Voices Reading

This event is a combined and curated open mic with NYU writing organizations (the GLS Poetry Club, the Minetta Review, and De Ambiente), Columbia (Quarto Magazine), and Sarah Lawrence creative writing students (sponsored by Publication Space, the SLC Review, and the Sarah Lawrence Graduate Writing Program). The event is free and open to the public to attend and featuring headliners, Joseph Fasano (Columbia), Matthea Harvey (Sarah Lawrence), and Bob Holman (NYU).

The New Voices Readers:

2016: Colleen J. McElroy on making a strong poetic line

Colleen McElroy answers an emerging poet's question about how to create a strong line of poetry as part of the question and answer session after her talk Kinship: Poetic Memoir with Colleen J. McElroy
(Approx. 11 mins)

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