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2015: Allen Ginsberg Birthday Party (Full Audio)

Readings and performances by Lee Ann Brown, Eliot Katz, Amy Lawless, Dawn Lundy Martin, Ryan Doyle May, Sharon Mesmer, Eileen Myles, Uche Nduka, Bob Rosenthal, Michael Schumacher, and Steven Taylor celebrate the publication of The Essential Ginsberg (Harper Perennial, 2015). Introduced by Bob Rosenthal
(Full Audio, approx. 1 hr, 15mins)

2015: 23rd Annual Poets House Showcase Opening Reading with Bill Berkson, Dorothea Lasky, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, and Elizabeth Willis (Full Audio)

Poets Bill Berkson (Expect Delays, Coffee House Press), Dorothea Lasky (Rome, Liveright), Rowan Ricardo Phillips (Heaven, Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and Elizabeth Willis (Alive: New and Selected Poems, New York Review of Books) open the 2015 Poets House Showcase, our free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 650 commercial, university, and independent presses.

2015: Artists Talk - Walt Whitman & the Art of the Book (Full Audio)

Artists Barbara Henry, Allen Crawford, Davin Kuntze, and Sam Gordon discuss bringing the work and influence of Walt Whitman into the contemporary world at the opening of the exhibition, Walt Whitman & the Art of the Book: Contemporary Visions. Introduction by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika
(Full Audio, approx 40 mins)

2015: Lines into Sentences: Prose, Poetry & Fiction with Renee Gladman, Ben Lerner and Eileen Myles (Full Audio)

Celebrated writers of both poetry and prose Ben Lerner, Eileen Myles, and Renee Gladman discuss their experiments with and between forms and genre.
(Full Audio, Approx 1 hr, 15 mins. )

2015: A Broad Margin to My Life: Maxine Hong Kingston (Full Audio)

Recipient of the National Book Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award, Maxine Hong Kingston reads from her work and discusses fact vs fiction, and how her writing travels beyond the boundaries of genre.
(Full Audio: approx 1 hour 15 mins)

2015: Seeking the Glyph and The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative

Poet, artist, and The Fugs co-founder Edward Sanders discusses his glyphic works and personal archive, dating from the 1960's, which includes hand-drawn glyphs, ephemera, magazine layouts, daybooks, and The Fugs album covers, on view as part of Seeking the Glyph: Edward Sanders.

Nguyen Phan Que Mai and Bruce Weigl read "The Secret of Hoa Sen"

Nguyen Phan Que Mai discusses the family-related source of the title poem of her latest collection The Secret of Hoa Sen. The collection's co-translator poet Bruce Weigl reads the poem in English, Que Mai in the original Vietnamese.
Approx 3 mins.

Nguyen Phan Que Mai and Bruce Weigl read "The Poem I Can't Yet Name"

Nguyen Phan Que Mai discusses Vietnam's history and her family's connection to the Great Hunger of 1945, background to her "The Poem I Can't Yet Name." Co-translator Bruce Weigl reads the poem in English, Que Mai in the original Vietnamese.
Approx 5 mins.

2015: Nguyen Phan Que Mai with Bruce Weigl

Award-winning Vietnamese poet, journalist and translator Nguyen Phan Que Mai, reads from and discusses her latest book, The Secret of Hoa Sen with its co-translator Pulitzer Prize nominee and author of thirteen poetry collections, Bruce Weigl.
In English and Vietnamese. Approx 1/2 hour

2012: Philip Levine on what inspires him

As part of the Witter Bynner Fellowship Reading with L S Asekoff, poet Philip Levine talks about the sources of his poetic inspiration
(Approx 4 minutes)

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