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2015: Autobiography of a Book with Lynn Emanuel

Focusing on the structure of Langston Hughes' Selected Poems, and other works by other poets and novelists with whom she has had a lifelong obsession, Lynn Emanuel looks at the architecture of a book of poems, assessing its potential as a poetic form.
(Full Audio, Approx. 1 hour)

2015: Iowa International Writing Program Reading

Christopher Merrill, Director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, introduces visiting poets Johanna Aitchison (New Zealand), Anas Atakora (Togo), Matthew Cheng (Hong Kong), Yao Feng (Macau), and Marie Silkeberg (Sweden), for an evening of readings and conversation exploring the various cultural spaces that poetry occupies, internationally and domestically.
(Full Audio Approx 1 hr 15 minutes)

2015: Library Symposium at Poets House - Susan Howe in conversation with Nancy Kuhl

Bollingen Prize-winning poet and author of My Emily Dickinson Susan Howe, discusses the many libraries and archives that have gone into her artistic practice with Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library curator and poet Nancy Kuhl. Introduced by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika
(Approx. 55 mins)

2015: An Evening with CEC ARTSLINK Fellow Liwaa Yazji

Syrian playwright, poet and filmmaker Liwaa Yazji reads in both Arabic and English from her first book of poetry, Peacefully, we leave home (2014), and discusses her art-making as a means of exploring broadly the way people relate to the unknown and endure crisis. Introduced by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika
(Full Audio, Approx. 1 hour 5 mins)

Liwaa Yazji on being a poet

Syrian playwright, poet, and filmmaker Liwaa Yazji discusses how she became a poet, and the 'deep well' it provides for her other critical work as part of her program An Evening with CEC ARTSLINK Fellow Liwaa Yazji
(Approx. 6 mins)

2015: John Wieners Celebration (Full Audio)

The many registers of the poetry of John Wieners (1934-2004) are explored in an evening of readings of his work by presenters (in order of appearance) Robbie Dewhurst, Fanny Howe, Joshua Beckman, Lewis Warsh, Hoa Nguyen, Cedar Sigo, Monica de la Torre, Raymond Foye, and Rachel Levitsky. Introduced by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika.
(Full audio, approx. 1 hr, 15 mins)

2015: A Seismographic Attention: An Evening with Jane Hirshfield (Full Audio)

Jane Hirshfield, one of the foremost poets of her generation and a master illuminator of poetic craft, reads from her two most recent books, The Beauty (poems) and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (essays), and engages the audience in a conversation about the ways poetic language, attention, and word-craft navigate and enlarge both our personal and shared existence. Introduced by Poets House Program Director Stephen Motika
(Full Audio, Approx 1 hr 15 mins)

2015: Passwords: Jerome Rothenberg on Outside & Subterranean Poetry (Full Audio)

Jerome Rothenberg discusses his half century of anthologies, from Technicians of the Sacred: A Range of Poems from Africa, America, Asia & Oceania (1968) to Barbaric Vast & Wild: An Assemblage of Outside & Subterranean Poetry from Origins to Present (2015), reconsidering what holds these works together and what the future might be for the study of ethnopoetics.
(Full audio, apprx 1 hr, 10 mins)

2011: Passwords: Jerome Rothenberg on Ethnopoetics and the Origins of Poetry (Full Audio)

Editor and poet Jerome Rothenberg presents an investigation and celebration of the world's primal cultures and the poetries that emerged from these regions, including sound poems, dream poems, chants and happenings from Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
(Full Audio, approx. 1 hr 20 mins)

2012: Passwords: Marjorie Wellish on The Imagists (Full Audio)

Poet, painter, and critic Marjorie Welish discusses the work of the early 20th-century Imagists, with a focus on Ezra Pound and H.D.
(Full Audio, Approx 55 mins)

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