Poets of the “New World,” Independence, Immigration, and the World’s Wars

Bradstreet, Wheatley, Lazarus,and Rukeyser: These four under-appreciated, understudied, astounding poets need readers and research. Their work will be read and discussed, and ideas for original research as well as location of sources—especially at Columbia University and the NY Public Library—will be shared.

Speaking in Tongues: Readings and Translations

Poetry in ten different languages—including French, Tagalog, Japanese, Dutch, Mandarin, Old English, Xhosa, and Serbo-Croatian. New York poets/performers join native speakers in readings and translations of favorite poems from foreign lands. Hosted by writer and poetic curator Elena Alexander.

Proceeds support Poets House and Mad Alex Arts Foundation.

Poetry in the Branches Reading: Philip Levine

In our first program of a three-year collaborative with selected New York Public Library (NYPL) branch libraries, Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Levine reads and discusses his work and the poetry of Edward Thomas, turn-of-the-century English poet; Sterling Brown, African-American poet of the 30s and 40s; and Janel Lewis, a little-known contemporary American treasure

Sunset Poetry Readings: Eamon Grennan, Philip Levine and Sharon Olds

The Hudson River, the city skyline, and your picnic lunch are all part of the poetry at these outdoor readings.

Sunset Poetry Readings: Olga Broumas, T. Begley and Cornelius Eady

The Hudson River, the city skyline, and your picnic lunch are all part of the poetry at these outdoor readings.

Sunset Poetry Readings: Jayne Cortez, Mark Doty and Donna Masini

The Hudson River, the city skyline, and your picnic lunch are all part of the poetry at these outdoor readings

The United States of Poetry: A Benefit Screening

We will preview two segments of this just-completed television anthology which takes the pulse of poetry in our nation by traveling its length and width to capture the words of more than sixty poets. The United States of Poetry is a five-part series of half-hour programs slated to air on public television stations beginning in early 1996. A production of Washington Square Films and a public television presentation of ITVS.

Passwords: Mary Ann Caws on René Char

Acknowledged as one of the greatest of French poets, René Char (1907-1988) began as a Surrealist but later embraced existential and metaphysical themes. Translator and editor Mary Ann Caws will read and discuss his work as well as present film and audio clips.
Introduced by Mark Rudman, editor of Pequod

Modern Poetry with Michael Heller

Poet and professor Michael Heller will lead this two-part field guide to modern poetics, designed to help a general audience navigate the poetic landscape of this century.

Part 1: A Primer of the Foundations of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Saturday, September 30
Part 2: No Ideas But In Things, Saturday, October 7

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