Songs of Ascension: The Psalms & Other Sky-Bound Structures

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.

Invocation of the Muse:

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.

Invocation of the Muse

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.

A Housewarming Party for Poets House

Be among the first to see the new Poets House! We invite you to an all-day public viewing of our home.

Bagels and coffee are served from 11:00am to noon.

The Little General and the Giant Snowflake with Matthea Harvey

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.

River of Words with Robert Hass

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.

My Life as a Blue Elephant with Calef Brown

Author and illustrator of prizewinning children’s books, Calef Brown reads from his most popular works and reveals how he creates his illustrations and madcap poems.

“How Does a Bird Imagine? What Does a Tree Know?” with Richard Lewis

This performance, art and writing workshop led by children’s poet extraordinaire Richard Lewis features a parade in spring-time imagining hats.

Grand Opening of the Constance Laibe Hays Children’s Room at Poets House

Join us for a celebration of our new children’s room!

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.

The Elegy with Bhisham Bherwani

Students will compose and revise their own elegies and examine a selection of elegies by Auden, Bishop, Heaney, Lowell, Merwin, Milton, Ponsot, Shelley, Stevens, Walcott and Whitman, among others

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