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2017: Showcase reading series: Elizabeth Arnold, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Alan Felsenthal and Christine Shan Shan Hu

Readings by Elizabeth Arnold (Skeleton Coast, Flood Editions), Cortney Lamar Charleston (Telepathologies, Saturnalia Books), Alan Felsenthal (Lowly, Ugly Duckling Press), and Christine Shan Shan Hou (Community Garden for Lonely Girls, Gramma Press). Welcome by Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti; Introductions by Poets House Program Assistant Lauren Clark
(Full audio approx. 1 hr 7 mins)

2017: Legacy Reading - David Ferry and Gerald Stern

Readings by award winning poets David Ferry (Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations, University of Chicago Press) and Gerald Stern (Galaxy Love, W.W. Norton & Co), co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America. Welcome by Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti, Introductions by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika
(Approx 56 mins)

2017: 25th Anniversary Showcase Opening Reading (Full Audio)

Readings by Ishion Hutchinson, Hoa Nguyen, and Marie Howe celebrate the opening of the 25th annual Poets House Showcase, and exhibit of over 3,500 poetic texts published in the last 18 months. Welcome by Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti. Introductions by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika
(Full Audio approx. 1 hr 6 mins)

2017: Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading

A reading by Poets House Emerging Poet Fellows Sean D. Henry-Smith, Sahar Romani, Nkosi Nkululeko, Marwa Helal, Kyle Ducuyan, Gbenga Adesina, Elisabet Velasquez, Desiree C Bailey, Camonghne Felix, and Adeeba Talukder, hosted by workshop leader R. Erica Doyle. Introduced by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika
(Full audio approx. 1 hr 30 mins)

2017: Poetry and Desire: A Reading and Conversation

Poets Vahni Capildeo, Natalie Diaz, Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo, and Shivanee Ramlochan examine intimacy, language, and poetry as the key that unlocks both mind and body.
(Full audio approx. 1 hr 27 mins)

2017: Passwords: Anne Waldman with Steven Taylor on William Blake

A founder and director of the Poetry Project and co-founder along with Allen Ginsberg of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, poet Anne Waldman, with Bessie Award-nominated musician Steven Taylor, explores the prophetic work of 18th-century poet William Blake. Waldman takes audiences on a journey through Blake’s celebrated and expansive writings, their mystical undercurrent, and how they have influenced her poetry.
(Full audio Approx.1 hr. 30mins)

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.

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)

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.

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