The Poet Engages History: A Celebration of Coffee House Press

How does the poet’s sense of responsibility to history and community interact with personal vision? What does poetry tell us that the history books can’t? Panelists discuss the poet’s engagement with history as witness, explorer, archivist and participant.

Poetry into Prose and Back Again

Through discussion and writing exercises, explore the distinctions between poetry and prose, and learn how you can make the transition between genres in your own writing.

What a Poem Knows: The Spellbinding Clarity of Art with Diane Ackerman

"What truths––based on intuition, craftsmanship and experience––does poetry teach about the world? Diane Ackerman explores the act of artistic creation and the sensibility of the poet, revealing how poets problem-solve to create works of art."

Passwords: Helen Vendler on Shakespeare's Sonnets

How do poets find symbolic forms for ideas? How might a poet contrast the Platonic triad––the Good, the True and the Beautiful––with the Christian Trinity? How might a poet describe in fourteen lines the corruption of the world? To address these questions, Helen Vendler revisits one of the greats.

Poetry, Literacy and Democracy

All art forms serve both to express and to transgress cultural values––to articulate and to challenge the ideas that shape a society. Panelists discuss the special role that poetry plays in the development of literacy, the formation and preservation of the democratic ideal, and the give and take of public dialogue in an electronic and media-saturated age.

The Metaphysical Streetcar Conductor

A celebration of The Metaphysical Streetcar Conductor, a collection of translations of Luciano Erba’s poems by British and American poets, with the poet’s participation.

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