2018: Passwords: Danez Smith on Audre Lorde

Finalist for the National Book Award and Lambda Award-winner Danez Smith discusses the life and work of legendary poet and activist Audre Lorde (1934–1992), whose radical poetics broke new ground in addressing racism, sexism, class inequity, and homophobia. Introduction by Poets House Program Director Paolo Javier
(Full Audio approx. 1 hr 15 mins)

Literary Partners Program: A Celebration of Two New Books of Poetry: David Daniel's Ornaments (Pitt Poetry Series) and Tom Sleigh's House of Fact/House of Ruin (Graywolf)

Acclaimed poets David Daniel (Ornaments) and Tom Sleigh (House of Fact/House of Ruin) will read from their latest collections, followed by a conversation and book-signing. Sponsored by the Low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

This event is made possible by the Poets House Literary Partners Program.

2018: The Archive as Resistance: A Craft Talk with Cynthia Cruz

The author of four books and winner of the Hodder Fellowship, among other honors, poet and critic Cynthia Cruz discusses creative engagement with archives as a means of social resistance and aesthetic experimentation, offering examples from visual art, including experimental film; contemporary poetry; and her own practice. Introduction by Poets House Program Director Paolo Javier
(Full audio approx. 1 hr 7 mins)

Literary Partners Program: Book Launch: Roberto Carlos Garcia's black / Maybe

Poets House will host the New York launch of Roberto Carlos Garcia's second collection of poems, black / Maybe (Willow Books, 2018).

black / Maybe was selected for publication by Willow Books Editor and award-winning poet and author, Randall Horton. The event will feature readings by Roberto Carlos Garcia, Anne Marie Macari, and other surprise guests. Books will be available for sale and a book signing, and wine reception will follow the reading.

Gallery Talk with Lee Briccetti: Bettissima: Treasures from the Poets House Elizabeth Kray Archives

Executive Director of Poets House, Lee Briccetti, guides patrons through the 112 items on loan from New York for Bettissima: Treasures from the Poets House Elizabeth Kray Archives as well as reads from “Betty” Kray’s dazzling correspondence with poets such as Jean Valentine, June Jordan, Adrienne Rich, E.E. Cummings, and W.H. Auden.

2018: Best American Poetry: 30 Years

The acclaimed annual anthology series Best American Poetry celebrates three decades of publication with readings of selections by several of its editors: Mark Doty, Terrance Hayes, Edward Hirsch, and Natasha Threthewey. Hosted by Series Editor David Lehman. Introduction by Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti
(Full audio approx. 1 hr 30 mins)

Master Class with Elaine Equi


Saturday, April 14, 2:30-6:30pm
Sunday, April 15, 12:00-4:00pm

In this weekend intensive, we’ll explore a rich abundance of ways to write short poems. Our focus will be on forms like aphorisms, haiku and haibun, lists, jokes, concrete poems, fragments, erasures, and more. For inspiration, we’ll look at classic and contemporary poets such as Paul Celan, Lorine Niedecker, Issa, Sappho, Joe Brainard, Robert Lax, and Larry Eigner.

Price: $390.00

Master Class with Tyehimba Jess


Saturday, April 7, 4:00-7:00pm
Sunday, April 8, 12:00-5:00pm

Tyehimba Jess is the author of leadbelly (2005) and Olio (2016), winner of the Pulitzer Prize. His honors include a fellowship from the NEA and a Lannan Literary Award. He is a Professor of English at the College of Staten Island.

Fee: $390

Price: $390.00

Literary Partners Program: Finishing Line Press Poetry Showcase

Readers with works published by Finishing Line Press will present old and/or new poems:, Anita S. Pulier, Jeanne Marie Osterman, James B. Nicola, PaulA Neves, Catherine Higgins-Moore, Kathleen McCoy, Deborah Kahan Kolb, Jeremy Freedman, Theodore Cornwell, Patricia Carragon, Adam Berlin.

2018: The City with Rigoberto Gonzalez

Lambda Award-winning poet Rigoberto González considers five poems that explore the city. As the bittersweet symbol of order and chaos, progress and decay, community and overcrowding, the city is both beacon and demon—a landscape of possibility where dreams are born and where dreams transform or die. González examines a range of poetic representations of the city and civilization and how, over centuries, these urban spaces continue to mirror human joy and anxiety. These poems help us understand the powers of the city—the greatest archive of memory, history and story.


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