Literary Partners Program: Power Dynamics in Poetry: A Conversation with Kaveh Akbar & Rachel Zucker

Join award-winning poets and educators, Rachel Zucker and Kaveh Akbar in an exploration of the perils and responsibilities of writing about violence and oppression as it is experienced by others. Kaveh Akbar’s poem, “Heritage,” about a young Iranian woman hanged in 2014 for killing her attempted rapist, serves as a starting point for the poets to unpack what one goes through in telling a sacred story, particularly when the subject is powerless in relation to the poet, and the world.

Pièce de Résistance: A Benefit for the 30th Anniversary of Poets House

This is a special benefit for Poets House that helps keep our programming free or low cost.

Join us for a celebration of fine dining and poetry with poets Elizabeth Alexander, Taylor Mali, Sharon Olds, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, and Kevin Young. We’ll start our evening at Poets House with champagne toasts, then walk to Danny Meyer’s North End Grill for a three-course meal designed by Chef Eric Korsh. Wine pairings by renowned wine importer Neal Rosenthal complete this literary and culinary fête.

2018: A Celebration of James Wright: A Life in Poetry (Full Audio)

Biographer Jonathan Blunk and special guests Anne Wright, Donna Masini and Gerald Stern celebrate James Wright: A Life in Poetry, the authorized biography of the poet just published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Blunk has spent decades researching and writing the book, which has been honored by glowing reviews since its appearance this fall. A good friend of Poets House founders Elizabeth Kray and Stanley Kunitz, Wright “comes through vividly on almost every page,” The New York Times declared.

A Celebration of Derek Walcott

Elizabeth Alexander, Hilton Als, Robert Antoni, Carolyn Forché, Lorna Goodison, Jamaica Kincaid, Karl Kirchwey, Yusef Komunyakaa, Glyn Maxwell and Caryl Phillips.

FEED: A Garden Soundscape

Brooklyn-based poet Tommy Pico, originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, walks you through the High Line gardens in this interactive soundscape. A part of Culture Shock, the High Line season kick-off, this Whiting Award winner's audio tour shares stories, memories, and secrets of what the gardens’ microclimates evoke for him.

26th Annual Poets House Showcase

The only event of its kind, the annual Poets House Showcase is a free exhibit featuring the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 700 commercial, university and independent presses.

26th Annual Poets House Showcase Opening Reception and Reading

RECEPTION: 6:00 – 7:00PM
READING: 7:00 – 8:00PM

Glimpse the freshest crop of new poetry. After browsing the exhibition, listen to poets Kaveh Akbar (Calling a Wolf a Wolf, Alice James Books), Tarfia Faizullah (Registers of Illuminated Villages, Graywolf). and Brenda Hillman (Extra Hidden Life, among the Days, Wesleyan) read from their new books, which are included in the Showcase.

23rd Annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

Journey with us across the Brooklyn Bridge, from Manhattan to Brooklyn, to celebrate Poets House and the poetry of New York City with readings by poets Sophie Cabot Black, Tina Chang, Willie Perdomo, Patricia Smith, and Yanyi, as well as special guest Bill Murray. Afterward, we’ll continue with more readings, accompanied by wine, dinner and dessert, inside a beautiful, historic foundry in DUMBO.

Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading

Travel to the future of poetry: 2018 Emerging Poets Fellows read new work crafted during mentorship by their workshop leader, poet Aracelis Girmay.

Naomi Replansky 100th Birthday Reading

Friends and fellow poets gather to honor National Book Award-nominee Naomi Replansky, who has been praised by Philip Levine as a “warrior for social justice” and B.H. Fairchild as “the master of a Blakean music radically unfashionable in its devotion to songlike meters and the reality and politics of working-class experience.”


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