Join us for readings, conversation, and celebration to open this year's Poets House Showcase, a 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.
Matthea Harvey and Marilyn Nelson, leading poets and writers for children and young adults respectively, discuss how their poetic practices include and are influenced by their writing for young people. (Full Audio, Approx. 1 hr 10 mins)
Andra Rotaru (Romania), Chen Li (Taiwan), Ali Cobby Eckermann (Aboriginal from Australia), Yeow Kai Chai (Singapore), and Omar Pérez (Cuba), five poets currently in residence at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, share their work and discuss their experiences as writers. Introduced by International Writing Program Residency Coordinator Kathleen Maris. (Full Audio, Approx 1 hour)
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.)