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Duncan and Jess: Between Fields

Visual artist Jess (1923–2004) and poet Robert Duncan (1919–1988) were one of the most fascinating artistic couples of the 20th century. After they met in San Francisco in 1950 to Duncan's death almost forty years later, their work became increasingly intertwined, their dense, allusive creations permeating one another - and inspiring this discussion.

Song of the Reed: The Poetry of Rumi

Thirteenth-century Persian poet Rumi is now the most popular poet in the United States. In this event, leading Rumi interpreter Coleman Barks, reads his beloved versions of the Sufi poet’s verse, biographer Brad Gooch shares research into Rumi’s lived experience, and poet Anne Waldman reflects on Rumi’s contribution to poetry’s ecstatic tradition.

Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me: Ghassan Zaqtan & Fady Joudah with Mark Doty

The author of many collections in Arabic, including the newly translated Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me, Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan reads from and discusses his visceral, narrative poetics with fellow poet and translator Fady Joudah.Award-winning poet Mark Doty introduces the pair.

Passwords: Elizabeth Alexander on Lucille Clifton

“Clifton’s poems invite meditation and return” wrote Obama inaugural poet and Yale professor Elizabeth Alexander about Lucille Clifton (1936-2010). “Time and again, she made luminous poems premised on clear truth-telling, but always with a twist, and with space for evocation and mystery.” Alexander discusses this beloved author, whose luminous poems and dynamic life impacted our poetry and our culture.

Literary Partners Event: Same Same But Different

Same Same But Different brings together four writers with links to Australia, Iceland, Canada and the United States.

A companion event to Different Different But Same at Bluestockings, two of Australia’s most dynamic spoken word performers, Betsy Turcot and Eleanor Jackson, The Belles of Hell are teaming up with Shira E and a rawlings for an evening of readings exploring those things that matter.

Literary Partners Program: Reading and Book Launch for Bridging the Waters: An International Bilingual Poetry Anthology

Join Cross-Cultural Communications and Korean Expatriate Literature in celebrating the publication Bridging the Waters: An International Bilingual Poetry Anthology (Korean, American, Other) (2013), as part of a celebration of Korean poetry in exchange with poets from all parts of the world.

Introduction by Stanley H. Barkan and Yoon-Ho Cho

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Giving Trees: MillionTreesNYC

Join us for a celebration of trees in NYC! Listen to live music, learn amazing tree facts, figure out how to identify tree species, and request a tree for your street. We’ll also create our own poetrees on plantable paper!

MillionTreesNYC, one of the 132 PlaNYC initiatives, is a citywide, public-private program with an ambitious goal: to plant and care for one million new trees across the city’s five boroughs over the next decade. Visit for more info.

Neighborhood Poetry Read-In with the Brooklyn & Queens Poet Laureates

Join Tina Chang (Brooklyn) and Paolo Javier (Queens), our young pocket-poets and their families, and other special guests for an afternoon of readings and fun! We invite you to bring a poem of your choice to share, or find one here at Poets House. A great after-school event for families and poetry lovers of all ages, and a festive culmination of our year-long work with local school children.

Guess Who Zoo with Howard Eisenberg

Learn lots of facts about animals through fun rhymes and songs by author and poet Howard Eisenberg, write riddle poems, and make puzzle pictures!

Howard Eisenberg is the author of Guess Who Zoo, Guess Who Farm, and Guess Who Neighborhood.

Floating Valentines: A Screening of The Red Balloon

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Poets House presents Albert Lamorisse’s timeless children’s film classic The Red Balloon. Afterward, children will make their own floating valentines in the form of hot-air balloon mobiles.


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