Poetry Spotlight

A Painter and His Poets: The Art of George Schneeman

Visit poets house to see this "lavish tribute" (New York Times) to artist George Schneeman (1934-2009), spanning 40 years of his work and curated by Bill Berkson and Ron Padgett. Click here to listen to a Schneeman-inspired poetry reading with friends and artistic collaborators Michael Brownstein, Larry Fagin, Alice Notley, Maureen Owen, Harris Schiff, Anne Waldman, and Lewis Warsh, introduced by Bill Berkson.

Poets House congratulates poets Brenda Hillman and Anne Carson, International and Canadian winners of the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize. To listen to Brenda Hillman discuss ecopoetics, spiritual discovery and activism in her award-winning volume, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire at a recent Poets House program, click here.

Poets House congratulates long-time friend Vijay Seshadri on winning the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for 3 Sections (Graywolf Press) -- Click here to listen to Seshadri's 2005 talk on the work of Elizabeth Bishop at Cal State, Fresno (part of our Branching Out program).

Cool Summer at Poets House

Poets House Children's Events on Governors Island
Build a City of Poems: An Exhibition of Children's Art and Poetry and Interactive Poetry Activities

Saturdays and Sundays, July 19 & 20, 26 & 27, and August 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 11:00am-3:00pm

Weekend Workshop
Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets - A workshop led by Valerie Fox and Lynn Levin
Saturday, July 26, 2-6pm, and Sunday, July 27, 12-4pm

Poets House Showcase Readings
Hear new work by these exciting poets with titles in our 2014 Showcase - all readings are FREE and start at 7:00pm:
Thursday June 26: Showcase Opening Reading with Meena Alexander, Jennifer Michael Hecht, David Lehman, and Rachel Zucker
Click here to listen to a recording of this reading.

Wednesday July 23: Emily Abendroth, Brett Fletcher Lauer, Frances Justine Post, and Wendy S. Walters
Click here to listen to a recording of this reading.

Wednesday July 30: Jeffrey Harrison, Joan Larkin, Lenelle Moïse, and Spencer Reece

Wednesday August 6: Cathy Linh Che, Harmony Holiday, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Mark Wunderlich

A PDF of the 2014 Showcase Catalog can be found here

The Poetic Species: A Conversation with Edward O. Wilson and Robert Hass

The Poetic Species book cover

I am encouraged by this call to action by both scientific and literary communities and curious about the possible responses. - Marla Johnson, Book Review Editor, World Literature Today

In this shimmering conversation (the outgrowth of a 2012 event co-sponsored by Poets House and the American Museum of Natural History), Edward O. Wilson, renowned scientist and proponent of “consilience” or the unity of knowledge, finds an ardent interlocutor in Robert Hass, whose credo as U.S. poet laureate was “imagination makes communities.” A testament to how science and the arts can join forces to educate and inspire, it ends in a passionate plea for conservation of all the planet’s species.

The Poetic Species is a wonderful read in its entirety, short yet infinitely simulating. - Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

Purchase your copy here

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