Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading Hosted by r. erica doyle

Join us as we journey into the future of poetry. 2017 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellows read new work crafted during mentorship under their workshop leader, poet r. erica doyle. The Emerging Poets Fellowship, now in its sixth year, assists poets by providing writing instruction, mentorship, funding, and access to Poets House’s world-class poetry resources and programming.

Presented with support from the Jerome Foundation

Passwords: Cheryl Clarke on Gwendolyn Brooks

POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2017

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

Poetry and Desire: A Reading and Conversation

Poets Vahni Capildeo, Natalie Diaz, Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo, and Shivanee Ramlochan examine intimacy, language, and poetry as the key that unlocks both mind and body.

Passwords: Anne Waldman with Steven Taylor on William Blake

A founder and director of the Poetry Project and co-founder along with Allen Ginsberg of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, poet Anne Waldman, with Bessie Award-nominated musician Steven Taylor, explores the prophetic work of 18th-century poet William Blake. Waldman takes audiences on a journey through Blake’s celebrated and expansive writings, their mystical undercurrent, and how they have influenced her poetry.

Corrosive Power: A Panel Discussion and Conversation with Athena Farrokhzad & Noemi Jaffe

Swedish poet Athena Farrokhzad, author of White Blight, appears with her translator Jennifer Hayashida, and Brazilian poet Noemi Jaffe, author of What are the Blind Men Dreaming?, appears with her translators Julia Sanches and Ellen Elias-Bursać. Together, they discuss the borders of power, gender, language, place, and identity, examining where they intersect and diverge.

Co-sponsored by PEN World Voices Festival.

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.

Exceptional Expressions at The Morgan

Inspired by the exhibition I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson, Poets House collaborates with the Morgan to present a creative writing workshop for families. Explore the unconventional work of Emily Dickinson with poet, author, and professor Matthew Burgess, then write your own poetry.

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.

Necessary Cuts: Rickey Laurentiis on Revision at Poets House

Though Paul Valéry claimed “a poem is never finished, only abandoned,” what happens between a poem’s creation and its abandonment is revision. Examining "Southern Cross" by Carl Phillips, "Look" by Solmaz Sharif, "won't you celebrate with me" by Lucille Clifton and bits of Sappho and Whitman, besides the spiritual "Wade in the Water," Ma Rainey's "Prove it On Me Blues," and, finally, the art of Basquiat, poet Rickey Laurentiis examines how writers can enact revision in their language, politics and lives via a poem.

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