Poetry in The Branches National Institute

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.

New For(u)ms for Political Poetry in America

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.

Tribute to Pablo Neruda: A Reading of New Translations

With Ariel Dorfman, April Bernard, Robert Bly, Rafael Campo, Martín Espada, John Felstiner, Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Galway Kinnell, Margaret Sayers Peden, Gary Soto & others.

David Antin: A Talk - The Politics of Poetry

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.

Hands On Poetry with Melanie Hope

Using words, drawings, paper cut-outs (and whatever else we can find) we'll make poetry literally hands-on with artist and poet Melanie Hope.

Poetry in The Branches Reading: First Queens International Poetry Festival

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.

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