Writing the Body with Kimiko Hahn

What does text look like if a writer is “writing the body”? Poet Kimiko Hahn considers this, using as a starting place écriture féminine—the French feminist movement of the 1970s that defined writing as, in the words of scholar Elaine Showalter, “inscription of the feminine body and female difference in language and text.” Hahn explores the concept of a “full throated” poetry of physicality in the work of writers like Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Plath, Lucille Clifton, Joy Harjo, and Claudia Rankine.

Poetry & The Body with Chia-Lun Chang, Alex Cuff, Rico Frederick, Ricardo Hernandez, Cynthia Manick and Adeeba Talukder

Graduates of Poets House’s Emerging Poets Fellowship read new work composed on the theme of the body as inspired by experiences working in the Poets House archives.

Presented as part of Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & The Body, the second annual initiative of the Poetry Coalition, a national poetry coalition working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.

Writing & Teaching in a Time of Crisis: Lessons from June Jordan

During her life, poet and essayist June Jordan (1936 – 2002) energetically responded to the crises of the disenfranchised with activism, writing and teaching. To continue her legacy of speaking truth to power, poets Joshua Bennett, Suzanne Gardinier, Donna Masini and Aja Monet talk about their own experiences with writing and teaching in our current time of crisis.

Presented with the support of the June M. Jordan Literary Estate.

Poem In Your Pocket Day

Discover poetry! Join young readers and writers along with special guests for an afternoon of readings and fun. Bring a poem of your choice to share or find one at Poets House. This community reading is a great way to tune your ears to new poets and old friends.

Can I Touch Your Hair: Poems of Race, Mistakes & Friendship with Charles Waters and Irene Latham

Children’s poet and actor Charles Waters joins poet and novelist Irene Latham to read and discuss their children’s book Can I Touch Your Hair: Poems of Race, Mistakes & Friendship, praised by the Kirkus Review as a “fresh approach to exploring interracial communication.” After the reading, the authors and Poets House education staff will present an exciting, themed poetry prompt to attendees, young and old!

Floating Valentines: A Screening of The Red Balloon

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Poets House presents Albert Lamorisse’s timeless children’s film The Red Balloon. Afterward, children make their own floating valentines in the form of hot air balloon mobiles.

For ages 4 - 10

One-Day NYC High School Poetry Workshop

This open-enrollment poetry workshop provides an intensive session of writing and sharing work with peers. Available to the first 15 interested NYC students to sign up. Lunch and metrocards provided.

For more information, contact Lucy Dunphy Barsness at 212-431-7920, ext. 2825 or email lucy@poetshouse.org.

Funding for teen workshops provided by The Thompson Family Foundation. These programs are also made possible in part through a partnership with the Battery Park City Authority.

Tribute to Thomas Lux

This tribute reading honors Thomas Lux (1946-2017), beloved poet, mentor, teacher and friend to so many poets with readings by Billy Collins, Terrance Hayes, Edward Hirsch, Marie Howe, Mary Karr, Vijay Seshadri, Patrick Rosal, Amber Tamblyn, and others. Introduced by Jeffrey McDaniel.

A Celebration of Fernando Pessoa

Join poets Patricio Ferrari, John Keene, Vijay Seshadri, and Mónica de la Torre for a re-examination of Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935), the seminal Portuguese poet who wrote in the guise of a myriad of personae with distinct biographies and aesthetics. Upon the release of a new translation of The Book of Disquiet—his fragmentary “factless autobiography”—panelists discuss Pessoa’s inventive rejection of a singular authentic authorial voice and its legacy for contemporary poetry.

Love and Other Poems with Nathalie Handal


In this workshop, we will explore love, and its lyrical parts—lustful and passionate, sexual and erotic, romantic and religious, spiritual and sinful—through writing exercises inspired by love poems written by poets from different periods and places. Readings will include excerpts from Egyptian, Greek and Roman erotic poems; Sufi, Chinese and Japanese elegies; poetry by Sappho, Catullus, Ono no Komachi, Nizar Qabbani, Pablo Neruda, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Emily Dickinson, and others. For centuries we’ve gone to love poems because we need them.

Price: $95.00


Subscribe to Poets House RSS