Veils and Words: Poetry by Mohja Kahf, Dunya Mikhail, and Farzaneh Milani

"Being a poet means being human," declared the great Iranian feminist poet Forugh Farrokhazed. Three leading Middle Eastern American poet-scholars - Mohja Kahf, Dunya Mikhail, and Farzaneh Milani - explore the complicated intersection of religion, gender, and political life through readings and discussion of their work and the work of the great female poets of their home countries—Iran, Iraq, and Syria—as a way to understand the evolutions and revolutions of the last fifty years.

2014: Poetry & Memoir with Nick Flynn, Sarah Manguso and Meghan O’Rourke (Full Audio)

Acclaimed cross-genre writers Nick Flynn, Sarah Manguso, and Meghan O’Rourke address questions of how poetry and memoir tell different kinds of truths and more.
(Full Audio, approx. 1 hour 45 mins)

2014: Charles Waters at Poets House

The Tribeca Trib's video report on children's poet Charles Waters visit to Poets House

2014: Eliza Griswold on the Landay

Eliza Griswold, author of the poetry and photography compilation I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan discusses the form, content and importance of this traditional women's folk poetry.
(Full Audio, approx 20 mins )

Literary Partners Program: Classic Greek Poetry with the Paideia Institute

Join the Paideia Institute for its first poetry reading event featuring Christopher Childers and Henry Walters. We will hear from these accomplished contemporary poets about how they interpret or incorporate classical literature in their art.

The evening will include a reading and discussion of each poet’s approach to translation and the presence of the classical world in their work. Refreshments will be served.

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poets House staff and volunteers will distribute pocket-sized poems in Battery Park City and Tribeca throughout the day.

Click here for printable Poem in Your Pocket Day cards!

Literary Partners Program: All About Translation: Russian Poetry and Prose

Join Read Russia for a glass of wine, readings, and a conversation about particular challenges with certain works and authors because of the role language plays in the original texts.

Featuring authors and translators Ian Dreiblatt, Genya Turovskaya, and Matvei Yankelevich with their new translations of works by Nikolai Gogol, Daniil Kharms, and Arkadii Dragomoshchenko. Moderated by Melville House senior editor Mark Krotov.

23rd Annual Poets House Poetry Publication Showcase

Showcase On View June 25 - August 15
There is no better way to get an overview of the art of poetry than at this free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 650 commercial, university, and independent presses.

Annual Poets House Showcase Opening Reception

Join us for the opening of the 23rd annual Poets House Showcase, a free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 650 commercial, university, and independent presses. There is no better way to get an overview of the art.

Opening Reading immediately follows.

This diverse and inclusive exhibition will be on view through August 15

2014: Teacups Filled with Snow - Writing Poetry for Children & Young Adults with Matthea Harvey and Marilyn Nelson

Matthea Harvey and Marilyn Nelson, leading poets and writers for children and young adults respectively, discuss how their poetic practices include and are influenced by their writing for young people.
(Full Audio, Approx. 1 hr 10 mins)

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