2001: Wanda Coleman on Phillis Wheatley (Full Audio)

In this Passwords program, poet Wanda Coleman discusses the work of Phillis Wheatley (1753–1784). Born in Africa, Wheatley was kidnapped, brought to America, and sold to a prominent Boston family. She became the first African-American woman to publish a book of poems, and one of the best-known poets in the country.

(Full Audio, approx. 1 hour)

2008: The Shape of Disclosure: George Oppen Centennial Symposium Panel One (Full Audio)

"Biographical-Historical Continuum" panel, moderated by Michael Heller, featuring Stephen Cope on Oppen's diaries and journals, Norman Finkelstein on the late poems, Eric Hoffman on Oppen’s political identity and Kristin Prevallet on Oppen's response to World War II.

(Full Audio, approx. 1 hr. 30 mins)

2008: George Oppen Centennial Reading (Full Audio)

Readings by Stephen Cope, Thom Donovan, Norman Finkelstein, Peter Gizzi, E. Tracy Grinnell, Michael Heller, Erica Hunt, Burt Kimmelman, Geoffrey O’Brien, Peter O’Leary, Kristin Prevallet, Anthony Rudolf, Hugh Seidman, Harvey Shapiro, Lee Spinks, Stacy Szymaszekand John Taggart.

Literary Partners Event: Ave Maria Press Presents St. Peter's B-list

Poets read from a new anthology inspired by the saints.

Readers include:
KATE DANIELS
MARTIN ESPADA
MARYANNE HANNAN
DEAN KOSTOS
GERRY LAFEMINA
SUSAN L. MILLER
ANGELA ALAIMO O'DONNELL
SUSANNA RICH
NICHOLAS SAMARAS
LAUREN SCHMIDT

This event is made possible in part through the Poets House Literary Partners Program

The Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

Join us for this beloved Poets House tradition that celebrates the poetry of New York City. We'll parade from City Hall across the bridge, enjoying readings by Mark Doty, Thomas Lux, and Vijay Seshadri, among other renowned voices. This year, poet Naomi Shihab Nye will join us as we honor her with the Elizabeth Kray Award for dedicated service to poetry.

Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading

Join us for an energetic reading to celebrate the dynamic emerging voices in this year’s Emerging Poets Fellowship: (Click names for bios and a sample of each poets work): J.

Poem in Your Pocket Day: A Landmark Celebration

Throughout the day, Poets House staff and volunteers will distribute pocket-sized poems written by budding poets from neighboring elementary schools, inspired by local landmarks, in recognition of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Law.

Funding provided by Goldman Sachs.

Click here for printable Poem in Your Pocket Day cards!

Opening Reception and Panel Discussion: Chapbooks from the Mimeo Revolution

Publisher Steve Clay joins young poetry scholars Gabby Kappes, Meira Levinson and Kyle Waugh from the CUNY Grad Center for a panel discussion to celebrate the opening of Chapbooks from the Mimeo Revolution: From New American Poetry to New Sentence

Introduction to Poetry: A Generative Workshop with Amy Lawless

This class is grounded in two basic functions: to generate new poems through prompts and expectation-challenging exercises, and to workshop them. A discussion of narrative, mechanics, forms, and the music of language will anchor the class.

Amy Lawless is the author of two books of poetry, My Dead and Noctis Licentia. She grew up in Boston and currently lives in New York City, where she was a 2011 NYFA Fellow in poetry.

Literary Partners Program: New York Launch Reading of The Incredible Sestina Anthology

Please join poets and contributors in celebrating the publication of The Incredible Sestina Anthology.

The event will feature readings by:

David Lehman
Sharon Mesmer
Sparrow
Jade Sylvan
Victor D. Infante
Patricia Carlin
Sharon Dolin
Ned Rust
Scott Edward Anderson
Jason Schneiderman
Jeanne Marie Beaumont

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