Passwords: Cedar Sigo on Joanne Kyger

Poet Cedar Sigo presents a new book he edited: There You Are: Interviews, Journals, and Ephemera, a collection of 40 years of interviews, letters, poems, and journals from the remarkable poet Joanne Kyger. He'll pay tribute to his mentor and friend, while also sharing photos and images from Kyger's archive.

There will also be a showing of Kyger's 1968 video, "Descartes," shown courtesy of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

Tribute to Joanne Kyger

Poets Ammiel Alcalay, Micah Ballard, Edmund Berrigan, Anselm Berrigan, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Norma Cole, Lisa Jarnot, Hettie Jones, Vincent Katz, Filip Marinovich, Tenaya Nasser-Frederick, Ed Sanders, Cedar Sigo, Jared Stanley, Kendra Sullivan, Stacy Szymaszek, Lewis Warsh, and Joey Yearous-Algozin celebrate Joanne Kyger’s lasting influence and pay tribute to one of the great voices in American poetry.

Iowa International Writing Program 50th Anniversary Reading

Poets House invites audiences to journey around the world with the International Writing Program (IWP), the nation’s unique conduit for the world’s literatures. Ubah Cristina Ali Farah, (Somalia/Italy), Maung Day, (Myanmar), and Vladimir Martinovski, (Macedonia), together with alumnae Anne Kennedy (New Zealand) and Natasha Tiniacos, (Venezuela), join IWP in celebrating its 50th year in an evening of readings and conversation about poetry around the globe.

Passwords: Cheryl Clarke on Gwendolyn Brooks

Poet and essayist Cheryl Clarke discusses the poetics and politics of Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Reading from Brooks’ early and late poetry, Clarke examines Brooks’ contributions to a radical black practice of poetry and her representations of the black working class in A Street in Bronzeville and The Near-Johannesburg Boy.

Presented as a part of Our Miss Brooks 100

Technicians of the Sacred: 50th Anniversary

First published in 1968, Technicians of the Sacred: A Range of Poetries from Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania is one of poetry’s germinal texts, educating generations of writers and readers to the multiple possibilities for poetry throughout the world. Fifty years later, Technicians of the Sacred still delights readers with its ability to excite discovery and expand the notion of the genre.

A Doll for Throwing: When The Self is not The Self

Mary Jo Bang will discuss her new book A Doll for Throwing, for which she invented a ventriloquized persona that incorporates historical figures from the Bauhaus movement (among them, Lucia Moholy and László Moholy-Nagy), personal interiority, biography, and sheer invention. She will also describe her use of artworks and other material as the basis for imagined stage sets, from which speakers address aspects of the world from which they were drawn and urgent issues of the present.

The Realm of History: Susan Howe and Pattie McCarthy

Poet Pattie McCarthy, known for re-visioning historical texts, joins living legend and 2017 Robert Frost Medal recipient Susan Howe on the occasion of her 80th birthday for an evening of readings and conversation. Howe is the author of multiple poetry collections, including That This, The Midnight, Kidnapped, The Europe of Trusts, and, most recently, Debths. Celebrated for her historical eye and innovative verse, Howe remains one of the preeminent voices of her generation.

Poetry as Pluriverse: Rethinking Language Justice - A Reading and Conversation

A Reading and Conversation with Bei Dao, Sharmistha Mohanty, Daouda Ndiaye, Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Zhai Yongming and Raúl Zurita. Hosted by Anne Waldman.

2017 25th Anniversary Poets House Showcase Members-Only Open Mic

Readings by Poets House Members Don Hogle, Liora Mondlak, Sarah T. Jewell, Bracha N. Bomze, Rosalie Calabrese, Patricia McKernon Runkle, Rose Bernal, Janet Brof, Lynne Shapiro, Robert Kramer, Vincent Bell, Dean Kostos, Tom Borek, Kiki Black, Chris Hansen-Nelson, Ilsa Gilbert, Hermine Meinhard, and Ellen Rittberg, hosted by 2016 Poets House Emerging Poet Fellow Rico Frederick
(Full audio, approx. 1hr)

2017 Showcase Reading Series: Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, Aziza Barnes, Ching-In Chen, and DéLana R. A. Dameron

Readings by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib (The Crown Ain't Worth Much, Button Poetry), Aziza Barnes (i be, but i ain't, YesYes Books), Ching-In Chen (recombinant, Kelsey Street Press), and DéLana R. A. Dameron (Weary Kingdom, Palmetto Poetry Series). Welcome by Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti. Introductions by Poets House Program Assistant Renata Ament

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