From Tablet to Pen: The Literary History of Islam

Internationally-acclaimed writer and scholar of religions Reza Aslan gives an overview of the history of Islam and the different languages and poetic traditions of the Islamic world.

Precarious Lives: Arab Poets since Pre-Islamic Times

Often exiled or sold into slavery in ancient times, Arab-language poets have literally suffered for their art. Noted literary scholar Muhsin al-Musawi

The Travelling Word: A West African Epic

Joined by West African Jali musicians, Kewulay Kamara discusses, performs and screens segments for his documentary about his attempt to recreate an ancient oral epic after the only written copy was destroyed in Sierra Leone's recent Civil War.

Passwords: Pierre Joris on Paul Celan

Esteemed poet and translator Pierre Joris discusses Paul Celan (1920-1970), the German-speaking Jewish poet whose writings transformed post-World War II poetry. Joris presents recordings of Celan, videos, readings and more.

North of Invention: A Festival of Canadian Poetry (Day Two)

Leading Canadian poets at the cutting edge of contemporary practice address the history of sound poetry and performance, multilingualism, activism and other topics.

• 1:00pm A Conversation with Jeff Derksen & Lisa Robertson
• 4:00pm A Conversation with a.rawlings & Jordan Scott
• 2:30pm A Poetry Reading with Christian Bök, Jeff Derksen, Lisa Robertson & Jordan Scott

Co-presented with the Kelly Writers House and funded in part by the Canada Council for the Arts

North of Invention: A Festival of Canadian Poetry (Day One)

Leading Canadian poets at the cutting edge of contemporary practice address the history of sound poetry and performance, multilingualism, activism and other topics.
Co-presented with the Kelly Writers House and funded in part by the Canada Council for the Arts

"How Does a Bird Imagine? What Does a Tree Know?"

On view March 20 through June 19, 2010

For all ages, this exhibition documents the creation of poetic spaces by a public-school community in response to images of landscape and shared journeys: a bird, a tree, a labyrinth.

Part of Ecopoetic Futures, a series of events that examine poetry and the environment. Programs in this series are funded, in part, by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Council for the Humanities.

Choose Your Own Odyssey

Join Homer-in-residence Mike Romanos for a retelling of this epic tale complete with all the angry gods, flailing monsters and cunning heroes. With Odysseus's adventures as a model, children will get a chance to spin their own tapestries of heroic proportions in a writing workshop to follow.

Poems from the Sky

Children have the opportunity to be inspired by an exhibition of giant 'poetry balloons' inistalled in the gallery at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Art Center at Governors Island. Together they will explore the poetry and stories that come out of the great blue canopy of the earth's sky and them make books in the shape of blimps and float their own poetry upon them.

We Are Rivers

Based on his new book We Are Rivers, Richard Lewis and the Touchstone Center Theatre Ensemble will explore the life of a river, bringing it to life through dance and song. After the performance, we’ll make our own “river books” filled with the ever-changing waters of our thoughts and the world around us

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