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Diorama-Rama

Drop in throughout the day and mix together cool art materials with poetic fragments inside clear-sided diorama boxes. Watch as a literary terrarium forms before your eyes.

All ages welcome!

A Haunted (Poets) House

Drop in during the day to listen to classic spooky poetry, make a monster mask, and write a spell or incantation on “ancient” paper.

All ages welcome!

Write Back Soon! Adventures in Letter Writing with Karen Benke

Join us for an exploration into the lost art of letter writing. Pen postcard prompts and letter lead-ins to create a mailable gift you will send to a friend at the end of the workshop.

Recommended for middle schoolers.

Karen Benke is the celebrated author of Sister, Rip the Page!, and Leap Write In!. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, with her teenage son, a magic cat named Clive, and a rescue dog.

Kite Building and Chinese Poetry Workshop

Cast your imagination skyward with this poetry and kite-building workshop. Participants will personalize their high-flying creations by marking them with poems inspired by the images and metaphors of traditional Chinese poetry.

All ages welcome!

Passwords: Miriam Nichols on Robin Blaser

Miriam Nichols’s expertly edited The Astonishment Tapes (2015), a transcript of twenty autobiographical audiotapes recorded in an attic room in Vancouver by poet Robin Blaser in 1974. Thirty years prior, Blaser, along with Robert Duncan and Jack Spicer, formed the Berkeley core of what is now known as the San Francisco Renaissance. Reminiscent of the perfect mix attained by Blaser’s legendary martinis, this talk by Nichols blends gossip and literary legacy into a balanced representation of this mythic poet.

Poetry Reading with Rosamond King

Readings at 6:30pm and 7:30pm
Poet and performance artist Rosamond S. King investigates what is instrumental for life today using her signature verse cabaret style, which includes poetry and self-arranged popular songs, within the setting of the Musical Instruments Permanent Collections galleries.

Library Symposium at Poets House

An afternoon spent in silence? A-Z? The cosmic order of Borges' library of the imagination? Whatever the duration, extent, or dimensions of your perfect library, this day-long symposium will delight and inform as it winds through the many roles libraries take on in the community of readers and in the imagination, as collection, as shared intellectual and physical space, and as the symbol of shared knowledge.



Autobiography of a Book with Lynn Emanuel

Lynn Emanuel looks at the architecture of a book of poems, assessing its potential as a poetic form. Focusing on the structure of Langston Hughes Selected Poems, and other works by poets and novelists with whom she has had a lifelong obsession, Emanuel discusses why and how she puts this page next to that page and thinks about the book, rather than the poem, as a unit of meaning and expression. Discover the personal and artistic imperatives that inform this capacious poets work.

Iowa International Writing Program Reading

Poets House welcomes five poets from the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa for an evening of readings and conversation. This event explores various cultural spaces that poetry occupies, internationally and domestically. Director of the International Writing Program, Christopher Merrill introduces visiting poets Johanna Aitchison (New Zealand), Anas Atakora (Togo), Matthew Cheng (Hong Kong), Yao Feng (Macau), and Marie Silkeberg (Sweden).

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