Sufi Songs: Crosscurrents in Persian and Turkish Classical Music

Amir Vahab, called the “ambassador for a silenced music,” by the New York Times, is joined by his Ensemble for an evening of Sufi poetry and song. They will perform classical Persian and Ottoman pieces, including works by Rumi, Hafiz, Baba Taher, Yunus Emre, and more.

This program is part of City Lore's Sumer Educator Institute "A Reverence for Words: Understanding Muslim Cultures through the Arts," supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities

Night at the Museums

Spend a summer evening immersed in New York City's history and diverse cultures. Lower Manhattan offers one of the most varied and concentrated groups of museums in the world - all within walking distance from one another. Poets House is pleased to be part of Night at the Museums:

Stop in between 4:00pm and 8:00pm and view The Little Magazine before it closes. Complete a special scavenger hunt throughout the space and win a bag full of poetic goodies!

2018: Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading

2018 Emerging Poets Fellows Trace DePass, Sokunthary Svay, Haydil Henriquez, Sébastien Bernard, Thiahera Nurse, Jasmine Reid, Joël Diaz, Moncho Alvarado, Sarah Passino, and Cindy Tran read new work crafted during mentorship by their workshop leader, poet Aracelis Girmay. Introductions by Aracelis Girmay.
(Approx. 1 hr 50 mins)

2018: Naomi Replansky 100th Birthday Reading

Friends and fellow poets gather to honor National Book Award-nominee Naomi Replansky, who has been praised by Philip Levine as a “warrior for social justice” and B.H. Fairchild as “the master of a Blakean music radically unfashionable in its devotion to songlike meters and the reality and politics of working-class experience.” Welcome by Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti and Poets House Program Director Paolo Javier. Introduction by Eric Gudas
(Full audio, approx. 1 hr 20 mins)

Showcase Reading Series: Denizé Lauture, Katy Lederer, Raquel Salas Rivera, and Chen Chen

Readings by Denizé Lauture (a kiss to the land, Subpress Collective), Katy Lederer (The bright red horse―and the blue―, Atelos), Raquel Salas Rivera (Lo terciario/The Tertiary, Timeless, Infinite Light), Chen Chen (When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, BOA Editions).

Showcase Reading Series: Joy Ladin, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Michael Lally, Roberto Harrison

Readings by Joy Ladin (The Future is Trying to Tell Us Something: New & Selected Poems, Sheep Meadow), Aimee Nezhukumatathil (Oceanic, Copper Canyon), Michael Lally (Another Way to Play: Poems 1960-2017, Seven Stories), and Roberto Harrison (Bridge of the World, Litmus Press).

Showcase Reading Series: Lawrence Joseph, Natalie Eilbert, Anaïs Duplan, and Tony Robles

Readings by Lawrence Joseph (So Where Are We?, Farrar, Straus & Giroux), Natalie Eilbert (Indictus, Noemi), Anaïs Duplan (Mount Carmel & The Blood of Parnassus, Monster House Press), and Tony Robles ( Fingerprints of a Hungerstrike, Ithuriel’s Spear).

Showcase Reading Series: Dorothea Lasky, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Wayne Koestenbaum, and Celina Su

Readings by Dorothea Lasky (Milk, Wave), Tongo Eisen-Martin (Heaven Is All Goodbyes, City Lights), Wayne Koestenbaum (Camp Marmalade, Nightboat), and Celina Su (Landia, Belladonna*).

2018: Negative Space: Luljeta Lleshanaku with Eliot Weinberger and Ani Gjika

In Luljeta Lleshanaku's new collection of poems, Negative Space, childhood memories of the dictatorship in Albania disperse into a calm that shrouds everyday life with numinous mystery. Lleshanaku joins essayist Eliot Weinberger, and her translator Ani Gjika, for the New York City launch of Negative Space. Introduction by Poets House Program Director Paolo Javier
(Full Audio, approx. 1 hr 10 mins)


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