A Memorial for John Ashbery

Longtime friends and fellow artists pay tribute to the life and work of poet John Ashbery, who died in September at the age of 90. With Elizabeth Hazan, Ann Lauterbach, Dara Wier, Trevor Winkfield and musical performances by Dashon Burton and the Brentano String Quartet.

This event is free. You must reserve your tickets via this link or through the 92nd Street Y Box Office.

2017: Passwords: Cheryl Clarke on Gwendolyn Brooks

Poet and essayist Cheryl Clarke discusses the poetics and politics of Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Reading from Brooks’ early and late poetry, Clarke examines Brooks’ contributions to a radical black practice of poetry and her representations of the black working class
(Full audio Approx. 55mins)

2017: Technicians of the Sacred: 50th Anniversary

Editor Jerome Rothenberg, George Quasha, Anne Waldman, Barbara Einzig, Stuart Cooke, David Larsen, Ariel Resnikoff, Cecilia Vicuña, and Bob Holman & Papa Susso celebrate the new, 50th anniversary edition of Technicians of the Sacred: A Range of Poetries from Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania, one of poetry’s germinal texts, educating generations of writers and readers to the multiple possibilities for poetry throughout the world. Introduction by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika. Hosted by Bob Holman

2017: A Doll for Throwing: When The Self is not The Self - A Craft Talk with Mary Jo Bang

Mary Jo Bang will discuss her new book A Doll for Throwing, for which she invented a ventriloquized persona that incorporates historical figures from the Bauhaus movement (among them, Lucia Moholy and László Moholy-Nagy), personal interiority, biography, and sheer invention. She will also describe her use of artworks and other material as the basis for imagined stage sets, from which speakers address aspects of the world from which they were drawn and urgent issues of the present. Introduction by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika

2017: The Realm of History: Susan Howe and Pattie McCarthy - A Reading and Conversation

Poet Pattie McCarthy, known for re-visioning historical texts, joins living legend and 2017 Robert Frost Medal recipient Susan Howe on the occasion of her 80th birthday for an evening of readings and conversation. Introduction by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika
(Full audio, approx., 1 hr 15 mins)

2017: Prose Architectures Exhibition Opening Reading

Fred Moten and Renee Gladman read to mark the opening of Gladman's Poets House Exhibition Prose Architectures, which features work from two of her drawings-for-books, Prose Architectures and Plans for Sentences, as well as larger discrete ink and gouache works for the wall. Introduced by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika
(Full audio approx. 40 mins)

Literary Partners Program: Duriel E Harris' No Dictionary of a Living Tongue NYC Launch

Come celebrate the publication of Duriel E Harris' book No Dictionary of a Living Tongue on Friday October 27th, 7-9 PM. Duriel E Harris was the 2016 Nightboat Poetry Prize Winner.

Performers: Duriel E Harris, Tyehimba Jess, T'ai Freedom Ford, Wo Chan

Literary Partners Program: Omnidawn’s Annual Celebration & Reading at Poets House

Join Omnidawn for an evening of poetry and celebration.

The evening will include readings by these Omnidawn authors/ translators:

Literary Partners Program: #POETSFORPUERTORICO

An evening of poetry to raise funds for Puerto Rican families recovering from the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and María.

Twenty-seven poets, among them Inaugural Poet Elizabeth Alexander, Pulitzer Prize winners Yusef Komunyakaa and Gregory Pardlo, and Pulitzer Prize finalist Martín Espada, are among the poets who will gather at Poets House for a one-night poetry fundraising extravaganza to raise money for relief efforts for Puerto Rican families.

Master Class with Phillis Levin


Phillis Levin is a poet, essayist, and editor. Her newest book, Mr. Memory & Other Poems (Penguin Books, 2016), was selected by Library Journal as one of the Top Picks in poetry for spring 2016 and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry.

Price: $395.00


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