Poets House

2014: Teacups Filled with Snow - Writing Poetry for Children & Young Adults with Matthea Harvey and Marilyn Nelson

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)

2014: A Reading by Iowa International Writing Program Resident Poets

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)

2014: The Proper Stuff of Fiction: The Poet's Novel with Laynie Browne

Poet and novelist Laynie Browne examines the erratic, hybrid and often elusive form of the poet’s novel, a text which uniquely traverses boundaries between genres.
(Full Audio, Approx. 1 hour)

2013: Toothpaste & Coffee House: Change and Continuity (Full Audio)

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)

2014: Valeria Luiselli reads "Selected Poems"

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.)

2014: To Be Fair: Stephen Burt on Poetry & Criticism (Full Audio)

“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.)

2014: A Sexy New Animal: The DNA of the Prose Poem with Natasha Sajé (Part 2)

In an interactive presentation, poet and essayist Natasha Sajé, author of Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory, engages the audience in a discussion of the prose poem.
(Part 2, approx. 30 mins.)

2014: A Sexy New Animal: The DNA of the Prose Poem with Natasha Sajé (Part 1)

In an interactive presentation, poet and essayist Natasha Sajé, author of Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory, discusses the makeup of the prose poem, a hybrid form that derives energy from the collision of opposites: realism and fantasy; poem and novel.
(Part 1, approx. 30 mins.)

2014: Maria Hassabi, Paolo Javier, and Kaneza Schaal in conversation

Working in dance, poetry, and theater respectively, the work of Maria Hassabi, Paolo Javier, and Kaneza Schaal blurs the lines between disciplines in varying ways. In conjunction with the site-based presentation of Maria Hassabi’s dance performance PREMIERE at Bowling Green, they come together in a conversation about the role of and relationship between word, image, and movement across disciplines.
(Full Audio, approx. 1 hour)

2014: Octavio Paz Centennial Celebration

Hosted and introduced by writer and translator Eliot Weinberger, poets Kristin Prevallet, María Baranda, Idra Novey, Roberto Tejada, Nathalie Handal, Monica de la Torre, and Coral Bracho, read from the work of essayist, diplomat, and Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz (1914-1998), and talk about his influence on them and their own work.
(Full audio, Approx 1 hour)

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