Fred Moten: Partial Correspondence

Fred Moten, whose recent collection, The Feel Trio, was a 2014 National Book Award Finalist, explores the ways in which race and poetics--in the wake of colonialism and in the midst of ecological disaster--enter into artistic experimentation, shaping the conditions under which black poets work. Moten’s “partial correspondences” investigate the formal implications of blackness and experimentation, generativity and discovery.

A Tribute to Philip Levine

In February 2015, Philip Levine—one of the great voices in American poetry—died at 87. While his poems championed the working class of his native Detroit, he understood poetry to be a global art form. Author of more than twenty collections, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Simple Truth (1994), Levine taught at California State University, Fresno for over three decades and served as the 18th U.S. Poet Laureate. This event honors his life and artistry.

Poetry Writing Workshop for Seniors Reading and Publication Event

Poet and workshop leader Joanna Furhman hosts a reading and publication party for From the Mouth of Babes, work by participants in her 6-week summer poetry workshop, held at Greenwich House Senior Center, Independence Plaza.

Literary Partners Program: Litmus Press "Actualities" reading with collaborators Norma Cole & Marina Adams

The first reading of Actualities, the collaborative book from poet Norma Cole and artist Marina Adams. Adams echoes the spareness of Cole’s language with delicate lines that contour muscular negative spaces, sometimes stark and densely foreboding, sometimes luxuriant with color. Norma Cole dialogues with Marina Adams with syncopated poems concerned with fragmentation, transformation, love, precarity, and the tenuousness of kinship between places, things, and being.

Literary Partners Program: Plume, a Journal of Contemporary Poetry Reading

A reading celebrating the 50th issue of Plume: a Journal of Contemporary Poetry and the annual Plume Anthology of Poetry, with poets Sarah Arvio, Sally Bliumus-Dunn, Cindy Cruz, Elaine Equi, Jerome Sala, and Grace Schulman.

This event is made possible in part through the Poets House Literary Partners Program.

First Nations Australia Writers’ Network Reading

Hear six voices representing the most recent developments in literary traditions that can trace an unbroken history of Indigenous storytelling back more than 70,000 years. In a special partnership, First Nations Australia Writers’ Network [hyperlink] brings writers, poets and storytellers to Poets House as part of an international tour. Cathy Craigie, First Nations Australia Writers’ Network Founder and Executive Director, will introduce Dr.

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)

2011: Paula Varsano on Ancient Chinese Poetry (Full Audio)

East Asian Literature Scholar and translator Paula Varsano discusses the different formal innovations and themes in Classical Chinese Poetry, with special discussion of the work of the great poets of the Tang and Sung Dynasties Li Po, Tu Fu and Wang Wei, as part of a series of programs celebrating Poets House's 25th Anniversary tracing the history of poetry from Gilgamesh to The Beats

2015: Showcase Reading Series: Nickole Brown, Betsy Fagin, Emily Hunt, and Jessica Jacobs (Full Audio)

Readings by Nickole Brown (Fanny Says, BOA Editions), Betsy Fagin (All Is Not Yet Lost, Belladonna*), Emily Hunt (Dark Green, The Song Cave), and Jessica Jacobs (Pelvis with Distance, White Pine Press)celebrate the 2015 Poets House Publication Showcase
(Full Audio, Approx. 1 hr.)


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