2016: A Celebration of Rigoberto González

Rigoberto González continues to change the landscape of American literature through his groundbreaking poetry, prose, and scholarship, providing readers with a redocumentation of our shared cultural memory. Join us for a conversation with González followed by celebratory readings from Eduardo Corral, Hannah Ensor, U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, Saeed Jones, Erika Sanchez, Elisabet Velasquez, and Vickie Vertiz.

2016: Murder, Prison, Suicide, and Joy: A Craft Talk with Jericho Brown

Poet Jericho Brown, author of The New Testament, examines male beauty, immanent violence, and the necessity of sin versus the desire for redemption in a world marked and tormented by racial tensions and religious traditions.

2016: The Art of Awareness with Steve Zeitlin

Steve Zeitlin, founding director of the nonprofit cultural center City Lore, presents The Poetry of Everyday Life, stories from everyday citizens who transform the streets of New York City and its daily occurrences into poetry. In his talk, Zeitlin urges us to break down the barriers between our everyday selves and our creative selves, and choose the creative life.

2016: Love, H: The Letters of Hettie Jones & Helene Dorn

“We’d fled the norm for women then, because to live it would have been a kind of death,” writes Hettie Jones in Love, H, a selection from the forty-year correspondence between poet Jones and sculptor Helene Dorn. Revealing the intimacy of lifelong friends, these letters explore the battlegrounds of women’s rights, tenants’ rights, marriage, motherhood, and a shared past that kept the two irrevocably connected in the Beat bohemia of the 1960s.

2016: (Absolute) Splendor: A Tribute to Cynthia Macdonald

Join us as we pay tribute to the life and work of acclaimed poet, psychoanalyst, and former opera singer Cynthia Macdonald (1928-2015), known for her humor and her ability to draw poetry from the strange and grotesque. Poets Rosellen Brown, Mark Doty, Edward Hirsch, Phillip Lopate, and Jennifer Macdonald, among others read her work.

2016: Black Love: A Reading and Craft Talk with Joshua Bennett (Full Audio)

Weighing the work of Thylias Moss, Frank Ocean, Robin Coste Lewis, and George Moses Horton, among others, against Thomas Jefferson’s claim in Notes on The State of Virginia that, “among the blacks is misery enough, God knows, but no poetry,” poet and scholar Joshua Bennett explores the politics of black love throughout the African diasporic literary tradition.

2016: American Stanzas - A Reading

In conjunction with her exhibit, American Stanzas 2006-2016, poet, photographer, and Cave Canem Fellow Rachel Eliza Griffiths hosts Mahogany Browne, Aracelis Girmay, Rickey Laurentiis, Nathan McClain, Angel Nafis, Morgan Parker, and Iain Haley Pollock reading their work and celebrating their shared histories.

2016: 50 Years of Hanging Loose: An Anniversary Celebration

From its magazine origins of mimeographed loose pages in a cover envelope to one of the premier publishers of poetry, Hanging Loose Press celebrates 50 years. The evening will feature readings from Hanging Loose authors Jen Benka, Kimiko Hahn, Cathy Park Hong, Robert Hershon, Dick Lourie, and Mark Pawlak.

2016: Hideous: A Reading and Conversation with Sylvia Legris & Will Alexander

Canadian poet Sylvia Legris, winner of the 2006 Griffin Poetry Prize, and Los Angeles poet Will Alexander, winner of the 2016 Jackson Poetry Prize, discuss how language operates to amputate, dissect, and reveal the most intimate secrets of the human and animal body.

2016: Kinship: Poetic Memoir with Colleen J. McElroy

Although Thomas Wolfe wrote, "you can't go home again," Colleen J. McElroy argues that you can recreate the home you thought you knew. In this craft talk, McElroy examines how "triggering town," as described by Richard Hugo, has evoked and inspired her writing and how poetry is the folkloric vehicle by which she travels. McElroy is the author of several poetry collections, including Queen of the Ebony Isles, winner of the American Book Award, and most recently Blood Memory.

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