2007: Jane Hirshfield - Bashō and the Immensities of Image (Full Audio)

In this talk, Jane Hirshfield explores the poet Matsuo Bashō’s life and teachings, the inner workings of haiku, and the poems themselves, revealing both the continuing usefulness and the lasting exhilaration of Bashō's restless discoveries.

(Full Audio, approx. 1 hr. 10 mins.)

Part of Branching Out: Poetry for the 21st Century, a joint initiative with the Poetry Society of America, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

2007: Cuba's Bard: A Conversations with José Kozer, Ammiel Alcalay and Mark Weiss (Full Audio)

A reading and conversation about poetry, politics and translation with the dynamic Cuban poet José Kozer and the eminent poet-critic Ammiel Alcalay, with English-language readings of Kozer's poetry by Mark Weiss, translator of Stet: Selected Poems of José Kozer

(Full Audio, approx. 1 hour)

2001: Wanda Coleman on Phillis Wheatley (Full Audio)

In this Passwords program, poet Wanda Coleman discusses the work of Phillis Wheatley (1753–1784). Born in Africa, Wheatley was kidnapped, brought to America, and sold to a prominent Boston family. She became the first African-American woman to publish a book of poems, and one of the best-known poets in the country.

(Full Audio, approx. 1 hour)

2008: The Shape of Disclosure: George Oppen Centennial Symposium Panel One (Full Audio)

"Biographical-Historical Continuum" panel, moderated by Michael Heller, featuring Stephen Cope on Oppen's diaries and journals, Norman Finkelstein on the late poems, Eric Hoffman on Oppen’s political identity and Kristin Prevallet on Oppen's response to World War II.

(Full Audio, approx. 1 hr. 30 mins)

2008: George Oppen Centennial Reading (Full Audio)

Readings by Stephen Cope, Thom Donovan, Norman Finkelstein, Peter Gizzi, E. Tracy Grinnell, Michael Heller, Erica Hunt, Burt Kimmelman, Geoffrey O’Brien, Peter O’Leary, Kristin Prevallet, Anthony Rudolf, Hugh Seidman, Harvey Shapiro, Lee Spinks, Stacy Szymaszekand John Taggart.

Literary Partners Event: Ave Maria Press Presents St. Peter's B-list

Poets read from a new anthology inspired by the saints.

Readers include:
KATE DANIELS
MARTIN ESPADA
MARYANNE HANNAN
DEAN KOSTOS
GERRY LAFEMINA
SUSAN L. MILLER
ANGELA ALAIMO O'DONNELL
SUSANNA RICH
NICHOLAS SAMARAS
LAUREN SCHMIDT

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

The Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

Join us for this beloved Poets House tradition that celebrates the poetry of New York City. We'll parade from City Hall across the bridge, enjoying readings by Mark Doty, Thomas Lux, and Vijay Seshadri, among other renowned voices. This year, poet Naomi Shihab Nye will join us as we honor her with the Elizabeth Kray Award for dedicated service to poetry.

Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading

Join us for an energetic reading to celebrate the dynamic emerging voices in this year’s Emerging Poets Fellowship: (Click names for bios and a sample of each poets work): J.

Poem in Your Pocket Day: A Landmark Celebration

Throughout the day, Poets House staff and volunteers will distribute pocket-sized poems written by budding poets from neighboring elementary schools, inspired by local landmarks, in recognition of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Law.

Funding provided by Goldman Sachs.

Click here for printable Poem in Your Pocket Day cards!

Opening Reception and Panel Discussion: Chapbooks from the Mimeo Revolution

Publisher Steve Clay joins young poetry scholars Gabby Kappes, Meira Levinson and Kyle Waugh from the CUNY Grad Center for a panel discussion to celebrate the opening of Chapbooks from the Mimeo Revolution: From New American Poetry to New Sentence

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