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2018: Writing and Teaching in a Time of Crisis: Lessons from June Jordan

During her life, poet and essayist June Jordan (1936 – 2002) energetically responded to the crises of the disenfranchised with activism, writing and teaching. To continue her legacy of speaking truth to power, poets Joshua Bennett, Suzanne Gardinier, Donna Masini and Aja Monet talk about their own experiences with writing and teaching in our current time of crisis. Welcome by Poets House Program Director Paolo Javier and Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti. Introductions by Jan Heller Levi.

2018: Showcase Reading Series: Denizé Lauture, Katy Lederer, Raquel Salas Rivera, Chen Chen

Readings by Denizé Lauture (a kiss to the land, Subpress Collective), Katy Lederer (The bright red horse―and the blue―, Atelos), Raquel Salas Rivera (Lo terciario/The Tertiary, Timeless, Infinite Light), and Chen Chen (When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, BOA Editions)

2018: Showcase Reading Series: Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Michael Lally, Joy Ladin, Roberto Harrison

Readings by Aimee Nezhukumatathil (Oceanic, Copper Canyon), Michael Lally (Another Way to Play: Poems 1960-2017, Seven Stories), Joy Ladin (The Future is Trying to Tell Us Something: New & Selected Poems, Sheep Meadow), and Roberto Harrison (Bridge of the World, Litmus Press).

2018: Showcase Reading Series - Celina Su, Wayne Koestenbaum, Dorothea Lasky, Tongo Eisen-Martin

Readings by Celina Su (Landia, Belladonna*), Wayne Koestenbaum (Camp Marmalade, Nightboat), Dorothea Lasky (Milk, Wave), and Tongo Eisen-Martin (Heaven Is All Goodbyes, City Lights)

2018: Showcase Opening Reading Akbar, Faizullah, and Hillman

Readings by Kaveh Akbar (Calling a Wolf a Wolf, Alice James Books), Tarfia Faizullah (Registers of Illuminated Villages, Graywolf Press), and Brenda Hillman (Extra Hidden Life, among the Days, Wesleyan).

2018: Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading

2018 Emerging Poets Fellows Trace DePass, Sokunthary Svay, Haydil Henriquez, Sébastien Bernard, Thiahera Nurse, Jasmine Reid, Joël Diaz, Moncho Alvarado, Sarah Passino, and Cindy Tran read new work crafted during mentorship by their workshop leader, poet Aracelis Girmay. Introductions by Aracelis Girmay.
(Approx. 1 hr 50 mins)

2018: 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.” Welcome by Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti and Poets House Program Director Paolo Javier. Introduction by Eric Gudas
(Full audio, approx. 1 hr 20 mins)

2018: Negative Space: Luljeta Lleshanaku with Eliot Weinberger and Ani Gjika

In Luljeta Lleshanaku's new collection of poems, Negative Space, childhood memories of the dictatorship in Albania disperse into a calm that shrouds everyday life with numinous mystery. Lleshanaku joins essayist Eliot Weinberger, and her translator Ani Gjika, for the New York City launch of Negative Space. Introduction by Poets House Program Director Paolo Javier
(Full Audio, approx. 1 hr 10 mins)

2018: A Shadowy Exultation with Edward Hirsch

MacArthur Award-winning poet and critic Edward Hirsch considers how five 19th- and 20th-century poets treat luminous moments and visionary experiences. It is “Within a Moment: a Pulsation of the Artery,” William Blake writes, “when the Poets Work is Done.” Such unexpected breakthroughs—sudden and revelatory—arise out of commonplace experiences. How do different poets dramatize epiphanies that rupture time? And how do they integrate them into consciousness?

2018: Lullabies and Laments: Experiments in Music and Poetry

Lullabies and Laments is an experiment in translation, informed by Indic reading, interpretive and performative practices. Moving between Tamil and English, this performance with Grammy Award-nominee Sikkil C. Gurucharan and scholar and translator Archana Venkatesan explores laments and lullabies and the role of gender in expressing love, longing, desire and devotion. Introduction by Poets House Program Director Paolo Javier
(Full audio, approx. 1hr 40 mins)

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