2015: Alternate Worlds? Poetry & Popular Fiction with Laura Kasischke (Full Audio)

Laura Kasischke, author of both poetry and popular novels and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry for Space, in Chains discusses how writing poetry and prose are opposite ways of approaching material, language, and life, drawing on her own work as well as that of other multigenre writers.
(Full Audio, Approx. 1 hour)

2015: Showcase Reading Series: Timothy Liu, Sara Jane Stoner, Yolanda Wisher, and Magdalena Zurawski (Full Audio)

Readings by Timothy Liu (Don’t Go Back to Sleep, Saturnalia Books), Sara Jane Stoner (Experience in the Medium of Destruction, Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs), Yolanda Wisher (Monk Eats An Afro, Hanging Loose Press), and Magdalena Zurawski (Companion Animal, Litmus Press) celebrate the 2015 Poets House Publication Showcase
(Full Audio, Approx. 1 hr.)

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)

Literary Partners Program: The Wide Shore Reading A Journal Of Women's Poetry

Please join The Wide Shore: A Journal of Global Women's Poetry in celebration of their second issue with a reading featuring: Elizabeth Lara , Morgan Parker, Bertha Rogers, Tamam Kahn, Cynthia Dewi Oka, and Lisa Wujnovich.

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

Poetry Workshop for Seniors with Steven Sher

Steven Sher is the author of 14 books including, most recently, Grazing On Stars: Selected Poems (Presa Press, 2012) and The House of Washing Hands (Pecan Grove Press, 2014). He has taught writing for more than 35 years at many universities, workshops, festivals, writers in the schools programs and his poetry and prose have appeared in some 350 publications around the world.

Poets House Members-only Open Mic

Slam poet, author, and teacher Taylor Mali hosts our first-ever Members-only Open Mic! This special event will be open to the public, but you must be a current Poets House Member to read.

To become a Poets House Member or renew your membership, click here.

Literary Partners Program: Poetry and Meditation: A Resonant Relationship

Can meditation foster poetry? Can poetry foster meditation? This four-week workshop begins with basic instruction and exercises in meditation, and then examines whether certain types of poetry can bring about similar experiences. Topics will include:

– How meditation and poetry can spring from daily-life experiences, yet transcend them.
– Poetry as mantra.
– Prayer as poetry and mantra, and the differences between meditation and prayer.

Poetry Writing Workshop for Seniors with Joanna Fuhrman

In this generative writing workshop, students will explore the possibilities of poetry as play. We will read a wide range of contemporary poetry and work on developing figurative language and imagery. During each session students will write 3 or 4 poems, which they can develop and polish later. Topics we will explore include: odes, dream poems, self-portraits, centos, persona poems and poems of place. At the end of the session, we will publish an anthology and have a reading at Poets House.


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