Informed by his 40-year career in publishing, Allan Kornblum, legendary founder and publisher of both Coffee House Press and Toothpaste Press, examines the history of poetry publishing, explores the ways in which book-making shapes culture, and imagines the future of literary publishing and independent presses. (Full Audio, Approx 1 hour)
Award-winning poet J.D. McClatchy discusses the relationship between his poetic practice and his work as a librettist. The Leopard, McClatchy’s libretto for a new opera based on the novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa is currently in development at American Opera Projects. (Approximately 45 mins)
Novelist and essayist Valeria Luiselli reads Selected Poems a meditation on the city, the influence of the human landscape and poetry on her work, and her month-long residency in the Poets House archives. Introduced by Jay Peterson of Coffee House Press (Approx. 30 mins.)
“One of the most influential poetry critics of his generation” (New York Times), Harvard professor Stephen Burt discusses the paradoxical, conflicting role of the poet-critic. (Full Audio, Approx. 1 hour 15 mins.)
Mr. Hip Presents, Boston’s most engaging poetry reading series and finalist for #BestInBoston, makes its way back to New York City for an evening of poetry spoken-word, and live music after packing the Poets House for their first ever #MrHipNYC event. Come join Donald Vincent aka Mr. Hip and enjoy a wonderful evening of poetry and music from some of the coolest poets currently dwindling in New York City and beyond. Come see how we make poetry hip.