2017: 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.

PEN World Voices Festival Prelude! A House Divided

House Divided unites artists, writers, thinkers, and politicos in a one-of-a-kind event to be held at the historic Great Hall at Cooper Union, where Lincoln gave his famous address on slavery. Artists and writers will unite to speak out to these divisive times in our nation, not necessarily to find a solution, but to bring the creative community into the Public Dialogue.

Festival Prelude! A House Divided

House Divided unites artists, writers, thinkers, and politicos in a one-of-a-kind event to be held at the historic Great Hall at Cooper Union, where Lincoln gave his famous address on slavery. Artists and writers will unite to speak out to these divisive times in our nation, not necessarily to find a solution, but to bring the creative community into the Public Dialogue.

2017: Rooms Are Never Finished: The Legacy of Agha Shahid Ali

Kazim Ali, Rita Banerjee, Amanda Golden, Shadab Zeest Hashmi, Patricia O’Neill, and Sejal Shah examine the life and work of Kashmiri poet Agha Shahid Ali (1949-2001). Celebrated for bringing the ghazal into English, Ali’s work explores cultural ties and divisions, the enduring qualities of love and friendship, and the difficulty of maintaining both.
(Full audio, approx. 1 hr 20 mins)

Joy Passanante, Through a Long Absence

Joy Passanante launches her new book, the saga of a wartime medical unit, a passionate long-distance love, the making of a surgeon, and first-generation American Italian and Jewish families. More than just a World War II story, Through a Long Absence delves into one man’s past to explore his personal wars: a stint as a child bootlegger, a marriage between newlyweds separated by continents and strained by years apart, and his struggle late in life with his own mind.

2017: Harry Clifton & Alissa Valles: A Reading & Conversation

Irish poet Harry Clifton, author of Secular Eden: Paris Notebooks 1994-2004 and winner of the Irish Times Poetry Now Award, and poet and translator Alissa Valles, author of Orphan Fire and recipient of a Poetry Foundation Ruth Lily Poetry Fellowship, explore the boundaries of language against a backdrop of their personal and national pasts.

2017: Passwords: Sholeh Wolpé on Attar

Written in Persia in the 12th century, The Conference of the Birds by Attar remains a central work in the history of literature, in which the birds of the world have gathered in search of their ideal king. In celebration of her new translation, award-winning poet Sholeh Wolpé takes audiences on a journey through the soul’s search for meaning as she rediscovers the light of Attar, considered by Rumi to be the master of Sufi mystic poetry.

2017: Stand Up: Poetry, Richard Pryor, and Institutional Racism in the Arts with Cathy Park Hong

Using Richard Pryor as a model, New Republic Poetry Editor and Guggenheim Poetry Fellow Cathy Park Hong examines racial conventions in contemporary poetry and fiction and the ways they need to be changed, both on the page and institutionally.

2017: Huddled Masses: Alicia Ostriker on Immigration

Award-winning poet and critic Alicia Ostriker examines the links between poetry and America’s origins as a nation of immigrants and as a beacon of equality, intended to be open and welcoming to all.

2017: Passwords: Margaret Randall on Cuban Poetry

Feminist poet, photographer, and social activist Margaret Randall takes audiences on a linguistic journey through Cuba. Editor of Only the Road ⁄ Solo el Camino: Eight Decades of Cuban Poetry, the most complete bilingual anthology of Cuban poetry available to an English readership, Randall explores Cuban culture and landscape through its poetry and her own photographic documentation.

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