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2015: 23rd Annual Poets House Showcase Opening Reading with Bill Berkson, Dorothea Lasky, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, and Elizabeth Willis (Full Audio)

Poets Bill Berkson (Expect Delays, Coffee House Press), Dorothea Lasky (Rome, Liveright), Rowan Ricardo Phillips (Heaven, Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and Elizabeth Willis (Alive: New and Selected Poems, New York Review of Books) open the 2015 Poets House Showcase, our free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 650 commercial, university, and independent presses.

2015: Artists Talk - Walt Whitman & the Art of the Book (Full Audio)

Artists Barbara Henry, Allen Crawford, Davin Kuntze, and Sam Gordon discuss bringing the work and influence of Walt Whitman into the contemporary world at the opening of the exhibition, Walt Whitman & the Art of the Book: Contemporary Visions. Introduction by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika
(Full Audio, approx 40 mins)

Literary Partners Program: The Wide Shore Reading A Journal Of Women's Poetry

Please join The Wide Shore: A Journal of Global Women's Poetry in celebration of their second issue with a reading featuring: Elizabeth Lara , Morgan Parker, Bertha Rogers, Tamam Kahn, Cynthia Dewi Oka, and Lisa Wujnovich.

This event is made possible through the Poets House Literary Partners Program

Poetry Workshop for Seniors with Steven Sher

Steven Sher is the author of 14 books including, most recently, Grazing On Stars: Selected Poems (Presa Press, 2012) and The House of Washing Hands (Pecan Grove Press, 2014). He has taught writing for more than 35 years at many universities, workshops, festivals, writers in the schools programs and his poetry and prose have appeared in some 350 publications around the world.

Poets House Members-only Open Mic

Slam poet, author, and teacher Taylor Mali hosts our first-ever Members-only Open Mic! This special event will be open to the public, but you must be a current Poets House Member to read.

To become a Poets House Member or renew your membership, click here.

Literary Partners Program: Poetry and Meditation: A Resonant Relationship

Can meditation foster poetry? Can poetry foster meditation? This four-week workshop begins with basic instruction and exercises in meditation, and then examines whether certain types of poetry can bring about similar experiences. Topics will include:

– How meditation and poetry can spring from daily-life experiences, yet transcend them.
– Poetry as mantra.
– Prayer as poetry and mantra, and the differences between meditation and prayer.

Poetry Writing Workshop for Seniors with Joanna Fuhrman

In this generative writing workshop, students will explore the possibilities of poetry as play. We will read a wide range of contemporary poetry and work on developing figurative language and imagery. During each session students will write 3 or 4 poems, which they can develop and polish later. Topics we will explore include: odes, dream poems, self-portraits, centos, persona poems and poems of place. At the end of the session, we will publish an anthology and have a reading at Poets House.

Exhibition Openings: Walking the Brooklyn Bridge: Poems on Brooklyn & Beyond and Walt Whitman & the Art of the Book

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge on view June 12 through July 25; Walt Whitman & the Art of the Book on view June 12 - September 19

Join Poets House in celebrating the opening of two exhibitions that honor twenty years of our most iconic event, The Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Conquering the Blank Page: Poetry as a Teaching Tool

Designed for lifelong lovers of poetry as well as those who have always feared the genre, this five- day intensive will lead middle- and high school teachers through a variety of hands-on exercises meant to inspire the teaching, writing, and reading of poetry. Drawing on the abundant resources of Poets House’s library, reading room and multimedia center, participants will compose, workshop, and share their own poems over the course of the week, all the while approaching poetry as a teaching tool capable of inspiring diverse student populations to read, write, and interpret complex texts.

Allen Ginsberg Birthday Party

Join us on Allen Ginsberg's birthday to celebrate the publication of The Essential Ginsberg, edited by Ginsberg biographer Michael Schumacher (Dharma Lion).


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