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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)

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)

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.

2018: Writing the Body with Kimiko Hahn

What does text look like if a writer is “writing the body”? Poet Kimiko Hahn considers this, using as a starting place écriture féminine—the French feminist movement of the 1970s that defined writing as, in the words of scholar Elaine Showalter, “inscription of the feminine body and female difference in language and text.” Hahn explores the concept of a “full throated” poetry of physicality in the work of writers like Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Plath, Lucille Clifton, Joy Harjo, and Claudia Rankine.
(Full audio approx. 1 hr 10 mins)

2018: Poetry & The Body

Ricardo Hernandez, Cynthia Manick, Alex Cuff, Chia-Lun Chang, Rico Frederick, and Adeeba Talukder, graduates of Poets House’s Emerging Poets Fellowship read new work composed on the theme of the body as inspired by experiences working in the Poets House archives.
(Full audio, approx. 2 hrs)

2018: A Celebration of Fernando Pessoa

Join poets Patricio Ferrari, John Keene, Mónica de la Torre, and Vijay Seshadri for a re-examination of Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935), the seminal Portuguese poet who wrote in the guise of a myriad of personae with distinct biographies and aesthetics. Upon the release of a new translation of The Book of Disquiet—his fragmentary “factless autobiography”—panelists discuss Pessoa’s inventive rejection of a singular authentic authorial voice and its legacy for contemporary poetry. Welcome by Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti.

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.

2017: (Feeling) At Home in America: 30th Anniversary Event with Camille Dungy (Full Audio)

American Book Award winner Camille Dungy considers five important poems by Phillis Wheatley, Lucille Clifton, Maggie Smith, Craig Santos Perez, and Sterling A. Brown that reveal what it means to be at home in America. What are the ways poets utilize line, image, language, and sound to explore the concept of home? Welcome by Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti, Introduction by Poets House Program Director Paolo Javier.
(Full Audio, approx. 1 hr 25 mins)

2017: Five Sonnets: 30th Anniversary Event with Monica Youn

National Book Award finalist Monica Youn discusses the history of poetry through the lens of the sonnet. Welcome by Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti, introduction by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika.
(Full Audio, approx. 1 hr 5 mins)

2017: The Wind Will Undo Us: A Tribute to James Tolan

Denver Butson, Nicole, Callihan, Lorraine Doran, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Wendy Larsen, Owen Lewis, Fran Quinn, Jason Schneiderman, Myra Shapiro, Olivia Stiffler, Cecilia Woloch, Holly Messitt, Junuh Tolan, and friends to honor the work of James Tolan (1964–2017), a beloved member of the Poets House community and long-time professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College. We gather to celebrate Jim’s artistry, wisdom, and grit on the occasion of the release of his posthumous collection of poetry, Filched.

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