From Journal to Poem with Barbara Henning

In this workshop we’ll develop multiple ways of gathering material through writing and experimenting with journaling, researching and taking notes. We’ll explore walking/writing meditation, layered journaling, collaging from news and other resources, and more. Readings will be from Matsuo Basho, Harry Mathews, Jack Kerouac, Harryette Mullen, William Carlos Williams, Helene Cixous, Bernadette Mayer and Ed Sanders, among others. Students will leave the class with a collection of five poems or short prose pieces.

Opening Reception: Winter Wedding - Holiday Cards by Poets

Join us for the opening of this exhibition, drawn from the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University, featuring holiday cards, valentines, birthday greetings, rare booklets, and more from some of the last century’s most beloved poets, including Langston Hughes, Alice Notley, Ted Berrigan, Seamus Heaney, and Sylvia Plath.

Other Impulses: Poets Writing Across Genres

Always be a poet, even in prose.– Charles Baudelaire

For the Fall 2014 - Spring 2005 seasons, Poets House invites you to explore poetry’s complex relationship with fiction, memoir, essay, theater, science and more through talks, seminars, and workshops presented by leading cross-genre writers. From page to paint to stage, trace a poet’s ability to infuse, implore, recall, and awaken new possibilities in language across the arts and beyond.

Literary Partners Program: Finishing Line Press Fall Poetry Reading Featuring: Rodica Draghincescu and More

Please join Finishing Line Press for a reading celebrating poets and their recent publications.

Reception to follow.

Featured Reader, Rodica Draghincescu

Other readers include:
Leah Maines
Mark Belair
Hélène Cardona
John FitzGerald
Sherri Felt Dratfield
Michael J. Grabell
Frank Messina
Ilene Starger
Rose Auslander

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Winter Wedding: Holiday Cards by Poets

On view: Tuesday, December 2, 2014–Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Sexy New Animal: The DNA of the Prose Poem with Natasha Sajé

The prose poem derives energy from the collision of opposites: realism and fantasy; poem and novel. Poet and essayist Natasha Sajé, author most recently, of Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory, and faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts, discusses the makeup of this hybrid form.

The 20th Annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

Join us for the 20th anniversary of our annual poetic pilgrimage across one of our city’s most beloved landmarks. Great poets including Richard Blanco and Laura Kasischke, read classic NYC-inspired poems under the arches of the Bridge as we trek en masse from Manhattan to Brooklyn, where a delicious dinner, wine, and more words await. This is a do-not-miss New York City tradition.

All proceeds help make possible the hundreds of free and affordable public programs Poets House presents each year.

Friends, Poets, Gastrolaters!

This is a special benefit for Poets House that helps keep our programming free or low cost.

Join us for an evening of friendship-in-poetry celebrating the sumptuous art of fine dining with poets Frank Bidart, Eleanor Chai, Daniel Halpern, Sharon Olds, former US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, and Kevin Young.

Transgenres with Vijay Seshadri

This program has been cancelled due to a death in Mr Seshadri's family, and will be rescheduled

Why do so many poets also write prose nonfiction? What transformations occur between poem and essay? Pulitzer Prizewinner Vijay Seshadri, whose newest book is 3 Sections, discusses notions of identity, form, and fulfillment for contemporary writers.

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