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Passwords: Sholeh Wolpe On Attar
Written in Persia in the 12th century, The Conference of the Birds by Attar remains a central work in the history of literature, in which the birds of the world have gathered in search of their ideal king. In celebration of her new translation, award-winning poet Sholeh Wolpé takes audiences on a journey through the soul’s search for meaning as she rediscovers the light of Attar, considered by Rumi to be the master of Sufi mystic poetry. Introduced by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika. Recorded at Poets House 4/6/2017
Presented as part of Bridging Cultures: Poetic Voices of the Muslim World.



Stand Up: Poetry, Richard Pryor, and Institutional Racism in the Arts with Cathy Park Hong
Using Richard Pryor as a model, New Republic Poetry Editor and Guggenheim Poetry Fellow Cathy Park Hong examines racial conventions in contemporary poetry and fiction and the ways they need to be changed, both on the page and institutionally. Introduced by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika. Recorded at Poets House 4/5/2017
Presented as part of the Emerging Poets Fellowship public lecture series, with support from the Jerome Foundation.



Huddled Masses: Alicia Ostriker On Immigration
Award-winning poet and critic Alicia Ostriker examines the links between poetry and America’s origins as a nation of immigrants and as a beacon of equality, intended to be open and welcoming to all. Introduced by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika. Recorded at Poets House 3/28/2017
Presented as a part of the Poetry Coalition’s inaugural initiative, Because We Come from Everything: Poetry & Migration.



Passwords: Margaret Randall On Cuban Poetry
Feminist poet, photographer, and social activist Margaret Randall takes audiences on a linguistic journey through Cuba. Editor of Only the Road ⁄ Solo el Camino: Eight Decades of Cuban Poetry, the most complete bilingual anthology of Cuban poetry available to an English readership, Randall explores Cuban culture and landscape through its poetry and her own photographic documentation. Introduced by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika. Recorded at Poets House 2/23/2017



Poetry Since 1912 Don Share on Poetry Magazine
An oral history of Poetry magazine by its current editor Don Share. Introduced by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika. Recorded at Poets House 3/22/2017



Canadian Mosaic: A Reading and Conversation
Canada’s foremost poets Colin Browne, Daphne Marlatt, and former Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate Fred Wah read from their work, exemplifying the contemporary landscape of Canadian poetry. The poets share insight into how their diverse backgrounds as filmmakers, novelists, and scholars inform their own poetics and contribute to the diverse tapestry of Canadian literature. Introduced by Poets House Program Director Stephen Motika; Moderated by Paolo Javier. Recorded 3/16/2017 at Poets House



Passwords: Brad Good On Rumi
Poet, novelist, and biographer Brad Gooch discusses the life and work of Persian poet and Sufi mystic Rumi. Author of the new biography Rumi’s Secret, Gooch unearths the mystery behind the legendary poet and his devotion to a “religion of love.” Gooch reads Rumi’s poems, along with his co-translator Maryam Mortaz. Introduction by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika. (Recorded at Poets House 2/18/2017)