Often described as the greatest contemporary Romanian poet, Nichita Stănescu, “blasted open the prison gates of Socialist realism” (Andrei Codrescu) in Eastern Europe.
Readings & Conversations Archive
October 03, 2012
October 04, 2012
San Francisco poet Aaron Shurin considers the question “What is prosody?” in light of the current movement away from meter and traditional forms.
October 06, 2012
October 10, 2012
Born in Chicago in the 1980's and now a worldwide phenomenon, the poetry slam is at the center of a controversy between poetry on the page and poetry in performance.
October 16, 2012
Born in the Galilee village of Saffuriyya in 1931, the self-taught and beloved Taha Muhammad Ali (1931-2011) wrote poems—direct, sometimes humorous, often devastating—that conflate
October 20, 2012
Kitsch is a way of describing certain kinds of seemingly trivial, yet treasured, objects in material culture, and poetry has a crucial role in its history.
October 23, 2012
Poet L. S. Asekoff, co-recipient of the Library of Congress’s 15th annual Witter Bynner Fellowship in poetry, reads from his work. A moderated conversation with former U.S.
November 08, 2012
Jean Valentine, co-translator of Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva, and poet and editor Christian Wiman, translator of Stolen Air: Sel
November 09, 2012
"[O]ne of the authentic, unpredictable, urgent, essential voices of our time. All her life she was in love with the hope of telling utter truth.” (W. S. Merwin).
November 10, 2012
Join us for a special reading by three poets currently in residence at the University of Iowa’s famed International Writing Program.