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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.

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 wh

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 Poe

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.

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.

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 Messi

2017: Borrowed Confessions: Julie Carr, Mónica de la Torre and Anna Moschovakis

Julie Carr, Mónica de la Torre, and Anna Moschovakis discuss intimacy, feminism, and the act of confession in epistolary poetry from Lorine Niedecker, Jack Spicer,

2017: Passwords: Cedar Sigo on Joanne Kyger

Poet Cedar Sigo presents a new book he edited There You Are: Interviews, Journals, and Ephemera, a collection of 40 years of interviews, letters, poems, and journals from

2017: Iowa International Writing Program 50th Anniversary Reading

Poets House invites audiences to journey around the world with the International Writing Program (IWP), the nation’s unique conduit for the world’s literatures.

2017: Passwords: Cheryl Clarke on Gwendolyn Brooks

Poet and essayist Cheryl Clarke discusses the poetics and politics of Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.