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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)

2012: Passwords: C.K. Williams on Robert Frost (Full Audio)

National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winning poet C.K. Williams speaks about the life and poetry of the venerated American poet Robert Frost, the rural patrician of New England literary life. Introduction by Poets House Program Director Stephen Motika
(Full audio, Approx 1 hour)

2015: First Nations Australia Writers’ Network Reading (Full Audio)

First Nations Australia Writers’ Network Founder and Executive Director Cathy Craigie, brings writers, poets and storytellers Dr. Jeanine Leane, Dub Leffler, Melissa Lucashenko, Bruce Pascoe, and Ellen Van Neervan to Poets House as part of an international tour.
(Full Audio, Approx 1 hr 15 mins)

2012: Passwords - Rosamond King on Caribbean Poets of the 20th Century (Full Audio)

Scholar and poet Rosamond King shares her insights into the groundbreaking output of 20th-century Caribbean poets, including the works of Kamau Brathwaite and M. NourbeSe Philip in this interactive seminar.
(Full audio, approx. 1 hr, 15 mins.)

2015: Summer Poetry Workshop for High School Students (Full Audio)

A reading by participants in the July 2015 week-long workshop for writers in high school, hosted by workshop leader Dave Johnson. Introduction by Poets House Children's Room Director Mike Romanos
(Full Audio, approx 40 mins)

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