Master Class: Paul Hoover

Saturday, March 15, 1:00pm-6:00pm
Sunday, March 16, 9:30am-1:00pm

Widely known as the editor of Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology and the literary magazine New American Writing, Paul Hoover is the author of nine poetry collections, including Totem and Shadow: New & Selected Poems, and most recently Rehearsal in Black and Winter. His book of literary essays, Fables of Representation, is forthcoming in the University of Michigan Press “Poets on Poetry” series.

A Poet’s Novelist: Michael Hulse on W.G. Sebald

Poet and translator Michael Hulse discusses the inventive prose of W.G. Sebald (1945-2001), who has been described as “Memory’s Einstein” [New York Times Book Review]. Sebald’s novels include The Rings of Saturn, The Emigrants, Austerlitz and Vertigo.

Master Class: Ellen Bryant Voigt

Saturday, February 15, 1:00pm-6:00pm
Sunday, February 16, 9:30am-1:00pm

Ellen Bryant Voigt has published six books of poetry—Claiming Kin, The Forces of Plenty, The Lotus Flowers, Two Trees, Kyrie, and most recently, Shadow of Heaven—as well as The Flexible Lyric, a collection of essays. She also co-edited with Gregory Orr Poets Teaching Poets: Self and the World, a collection of essays on craft by the faculty of the Warren Wilson MFA program.

Passwords: Eamon Grennan on Geoffrey Chaucer

Eamon Grennan shares his insights on Geoffrey Chaucer, literary giant of medieval England and author of the epic masterpiece The Canterbury Tales.

Passwords: Alice Notley on Homer and the Postmodern War

A feminist look at war in the works of the ancient Greek epicist Homer and in the contemporary imagination.

Passwords: John Felstiner on Paul Celan, Pablo Neruda and Ranier Maria Rilke

John Felstiner discusses Chilean-born Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), who won the Nobel Prize in literature and Paul Celan (1920-1970), a German speaking Jewish poet born in Romania, who wrote “Deathfugue” in 1945, the most stunning poem to emerge from World War II. Rare recordings of the poets’ voices will be played.

Meena Alexander on Indian Love Poetry by Women

Meena Alexander tracks the lineage of love poetry written by Indian women from 600 B.C. to today.

Passwords: David Ferry on Gilgamesh

David Ferry discusses his translation of one of the oldest epic poems in Western literature.

The Poets House Children's Room Opening Celebration

Kurt Lamkin performs his poetry and plays the Kora, a twenty-string African instrument. Thylias Moss reads from her children’s book I Want To Be, with music by composer Ansted Moss, age 11.


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