On the eve of his 80th birthday, Richard Howard—Pulitzer Prize–winning poet, essayist and translator—reads from his poetry and discusses his long career in literature with poet Timothy Donnelly and writer Brenda Wineapple.
Poet and translator Norman Fischer joins Meredith Monk for a discussion of the Psalms, one of the inspirations for Monk’s new performance, Songs of Ascension, which will debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on October 21.
Grand Opening of the New Poets House in Battery Park City
• 11:00am: A charismatic poet and musician who was featured in Bill Moyers’ Fooling with Words documentary, Kurt Lamkin delivers a spirited performance for children and their adults. This event starts at Poets House.
• 12:00–3:00pm: Open House! Take a stroll through our new home.
Renowned poet Matthea Harvey reads from The Little General and the Giant Snowflake, her tale of a little general and his Realist army who attempt to fend off the imagination. Illustrator Elizabeth Zechel also leads a snowflake-making workshop.
Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Robert Hass shares his own poems of the natural world as well as those by children across the country. A discussion about connecting watersheds and imaginations through poetry and art will follow.
Festivities begin at 11:00am with U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman and teacher Linda Winston sharing poems from their anthology, The Tree That Time Built: A Celebration of Nature, Science, and Imagination. The revelry continues with giveaways, creative writing exercises and other surprises.