Since 1995, poetry has thrived in New York City’s public library branches because of the Poets House initiative, Poetry in The Branches. Collections are fresh and current, librarians are well-versed in poetry programming, and in some locations poetry circulation has tripled because of this program. Conceived and developed as a replicable program model, PITB has now entered a phase of national expansion. Poets House brings the PITB model to librarians all over the country via intensive trainings.
What is political poetry in the 21st century, and who is its audience? How do form and language play a part in poetry that examines the conflicts of our time? Panelists explore these and other questions.
Internationally known for his “talk pieces”— improvisational blends of comedy, story and social commentary that have been described as a mix of Mark Twain and Gertrude Stein, poet David Antin will explore how language can be regarded as essentially political.
Inspired by the People’s Poetry Gathering, this festival brings together world-renowned international poets living in the New York area - including Huang Xiang, Jyotirmoy Datta, Nathalie Handal, Zohra Saed and others - to read and perform their poetry in their native languages and in English.