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2017: Five Sonnets: 30th Anniversary Event with Monica Youn

National Book Award finalist Monica Youn discusses the history of poetry through the lens of the sonnet. Welcome by Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti, introduction by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika.
(Full Audio, approx. 1 hr 5 mins)

2017: The Wind Will Undo Us: A Tribute to James Tolan

Denver Butson, Nicole, Callihan, Lorraine Doran, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Wendy Larsen, Owen Lewis, Fran Quinn, Jason Schneiderman, Myra Shapiro, Olivia Stiffler, Cecilia Woloch, Holly Messitt, Junuh Tolan, and friends to honor the work of James Tolan (1964–2017), a beloved member of the Poets House community and long-time professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College. We gather to celebrate Jim’s artistry, wisdom, and grit on the occasion of the release of his posthumous collection of poetry, Filched.

2017: Borrowed Confessions: Julie Carr, Mónica de la Torre and Anna Moschovakis

Julie Carr, Mónica de la Torre, and Anna Moschovakis discuss intimacy, feminism, and the act of confession in epistolary poetry from Lorine Niedecker, Jack Spicer, Bernadette Mayer, Mark McMorris, and others. Audience members will be invited to write “letters” as a form of response to the panelists and then to read them aloud, initiating dialogue. Introduction by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika
(Full Audio, approx. 1 hr 20 mins)

2017: Passwords: Cedar Sigo on Joanne Kyger

Poet Cedar Sigo presents a new book he edited There You Are: Interviews, Journals, and Ephemera, a collection of 40 years of interviews, letters, poems, and journals from the remarkable poet Joanne Kyger (1934-2017). He'll pay tribute to his mentor and friend, while also sharing photos and images from Kyger's archive. There will also be a showing of Kyger's 1968 video, "Descartes," shown courtesy of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

2017: Iowa International Writing Program 50th Anniversary Reading

Poets House invites audiences to journey around the world with the International Writing Program (IWP), the nation’s unique conduit for the world’s literatures. Ubah Cristina Ali Farah, (Somalia/Italy), Maung Day, (Myanmar), and Vladimir Martinovski, (Macedonia), together with alumnae Anne Kennedy (New Zealand) and Natasha Tiniacos (Venezuela), join IWP in celebrating its 50th year in an evening of readings and conversation about poetry around the globe.

2017: Passwords: Cheryl Clarke on Gwendolyn Brooks

Poet and essayist Cheryl Clarke discusses the poetics and politics of Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Reading from Brooks’ early and late poetry, Clarke examines Brooks’ contributions to a radical black practice of poetry and her representations of the black working class
(Full audio Approx. 55mins)

2017: Technicians of the Sacred: 50th Anniversary

Editor Jerome Rothenberg, George Quasha, Anne Waldman, Barbara Einzig, Stuart Cooke, David Larsen, Ariel Resnikoff, Cecilia Vicuña, and Bob Holman & Papa Susso celebrate the new, 50th anniversary edition of Technicians of the Sacred: A Range of Poetries from Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania, one of poetry’s germinal texts, educating generations of writers and readers to the multiple possibilities for poetry throughout the world. Introduction by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika. Hosted by Bob Holman

2017: A Doll for Throwing: When The Self is not The Self - A Craft Talk with Mary Jo Bang

Mary Jo Bang will discuss her new book A Doll for Throwing, for which she invented a ventriloquized persona that incorporates historical figures from the Bauhaus movement (among them, Lucia Moholy and László Moholy-Nagy), personal interiority, biography, and sheer invention. She will also describe her use of artworks and other material as the basis for imagined stage sets, from which speakers address aspects of the world from which they were drawn and urgent issues of the present. Introduction by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika

2017: The Realm of History: Susan Howe and Pattie McCarthy - A Reading and Conversation

Poet Pattie McCarthy, known for re-visioning historical texts, joins living legend and 2017 Robert Frost Medal recipient Susan Howe on the occasion of her 80th birthday for an evening of readings and conversation. Introduction by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika
(Full audio, approx., 1 hr 15 mins)

2017: Prose Architectures Exhibition Opening Reading

Fred Moten and Renee Gladman read to mark the opening of Gladman's Poets House Exhibition Prose Architectures, which features work from two of her drawings-for-books, Prose Architectures and Plans for Sentences, as well as larger discrete ink and gouache works for the wall. Introduced by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika
(Full audio approx. 40 mins)

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