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2016: Love, H: The Letters of Hettie Jones & Helene Dorn

“We’d fled the norm for women then, because to live it would have been a kind of death,” writes Hettie Jones in Love, H, a selection from the forty-year correspondence between poet Jones and sculptor Helene Dorn. Revealing the intimacy of lifelong friends, these letters explore the battlegrounds of women’s rights, tenants’ rights, marriage, motherhood, and a shared past that kept the two irrevocably connected in the Beat bohemia of the 1960s.

2016: Black Love: A Reading and Craft Talk with Joshua Bennett (Full Audio)

Weighing the work of Thylias Moss, Frank Ocean, Robin Coste Lewis, and George Moses Horton, among others, against Thomas Jefferson’s claim in Notes on The State of Virginia that, “among the blacks is misery enough, God knows, but no poetry,” poet and scholar Joshua Bennett explores the politics of black love throughout the African diasporic literary tradition.

2016: Colleen J. McElroy on making a strong poetic line

Colleen McElroy answers an emerging poet's question about how to create a strong line of poetry as part of the question and answer session after her talk Kinship: Poetic Memoir with Colleen J. McElroy
(Approx. 11 mins)

2016: Chen Ho Hua (Iowa International Writing Program Reading)

Poet Chen Ho Hua (Taiwan) reads his work - and sings - along with translators from Tom Sleigh's class at the Hunter College MFA program as part of the 2016 Iowa International Writing Program Reading. Introduced by Director of the Iowa International Writing Program Christopher Merrill
(Approx 12 mins.)

2016: Henriikka Tavi (Iowa International Writing Program Reading)

Poet Henriikka Tavi (Finland) reads her work along with translators from Tom Sleigh's class at the Hunter College MFA program as part of the 2016 Iowa International Writing Program Reading. Introduced by Director of the Iowa International Writing Program Christopher Merrill
(Approx 12 mins.)

2016: Ko Ko Thett (Iowa International Writing Program Reading)

Poet Ko Ko Thett (Myanmar) reads his work along with translators from Tom Sleigh's class at the Hunter College MFA program as part of the 2016 Iowa International Writing Program Reading. Introduced by Director of the Iowa International Writing Program Christopher Merrill
(Approx 13 mins.)

2016: Akhil Katyal (Iowa International Writing Program Reading)

Poet Akhil Katyal (India) reads his work along with translators from Tom Sleigh's class at the Hunter College MFA program as part of the 2016 Iowa International Writing Program Reading. Introduced by Director of the Iowa International Writing Program Christopher Merrill
(Approx 12 mins.)

2016 Showcase Reading Series: Wayne Miller, Anna Moschovakis, and Tyehimba Jess (Full Audio)

Wayne Miller (Post-: Poems - Milkweed Editions), Anna Moschovakis (They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This - Coffee House Press), Tyehimba Jess (Olio - Wave Books), read as part of the Showcase Reading Series, featuring leading and emerging poets with books in this year's Poets House Showcase. Introduced by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika. (Previously scheduled reader Laurel Blossom unable to attend)

2016: Celebrating The Collected Poems of Adrienne Rich

Pablo Conrad, Dawn Lundy Martin, Rachel Zucker, Mark Doty, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Elizabeth Willis read to celebrate the publication of The Collected Poems of Adrienne Rich, a new book honoring the work and life of one of the most radically significant poets of the twentieth century. Introduction by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika; hosted by W.W. Norton & Company editor Jill Bialosky

2015: Bill Berkson reads from 'Expect Delays'

Poet Bill Berkson reads from Expect Delays (Coffee House Press), as part of the 23rd Annual Poets House Showcase Opening Reading. Introduction by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika
(Approx 15 mins)

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