2012: Mark Doty on Walt Whitman (Full Audio)

National Book Award winning poet Mark Doty leads a close reading of Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself,” as well as other works from Leaves of Grass.
Full Audio (1 hr 46 min)

A Perfect Day

What makes a perfect winter day? Using as a starting point her latest book A Perfect Day, which features collages that illuminate the perfect winter day, Carin Berger will help children embark on their own magical journeys through a winter’s day. Afterward, everyone will create striking white silhouette collages on black paper. Carin Berger is also the author and illustrator of Ok Go and Forever Friends.

An Ode to Odetta

Take a musical and poetic journey with folk music legend and voice of the civil rights movement Odetta. Poet Samantha Thornhill presents the story of this extraordinary talent, after which children will write their own odes to Odetta. Thornhill teaches poetry at the Juilliard School and is Writer in Residence at the Bronx Academy of Letters

Screamin' Green Halloween Readings

Come in costume and hear Poets House’s own Mike Romanos read his favorite spooky and monstrous verse from poets such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Karla Kushkin, Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky. Plus, we’ll write and cast our own poetic spells to celebrate the day.

A Box Marked Summer

Children will be inspired by fantastic poems about the land where summer ends and fall begins. They will then design and build their own boxes in which to store memories of their entire summers.

Bobbi Katz is the author of More Pocket Poems and The Monsterologist

A Tribute to Adrienne Rich at the 92nd Street Y

"[O]ne of the authentic, unpredictable, urgent, essential voices of our time. All her life she was in love with the hope of telling utter truth.” (W. S. Merwin).

Adrienne Rich (1929-2012), one of the most widely read and influential poets of the second half of the 20th century, wrote more than two dozen books of poetry and seven volumes of essays. A committed feminist and lesbian, Rich’s poetry brought together the political and the personal.

Reading and Book Launch for Beyond the Margins

In this reading, contributors to June S. Gould's new book, Beyond the Margins: Rethinking the Art and Craft of Writing Master Writing Workshops for Advanced and Committed Writers will share their writing.

Free refreshments following the event.

Master Class on Revision and Close Reading

Master Class Application Deadline: EXTENDED TO Friday, October 26, 2012

Winner of the Ruth Lilly Lifetime Achievement Award for poetry, Fanny Howe has written numerous books of prose and poetry, most recently Come and See. She has won the Lenore Marshall Award, the Commonwealth of California Award and is professor of writing emerita at the University of California, San Diego.

Shadows and Mayhem: Writing Beyond the Known

In this workshop, students will explore strategies for generating new poems and revising older work, always with the intent of surprising themselves. Drawing primarily from the Spanish, Latin American and Caribbean surrealist and magical realist canons, students will be encouraged to break free of their usual processes and practices in order to write the poems they never knew they wanted to write.

Begin to Build a Poem with Estha Weiner

In this introductory workshop, students will learn the tools to help build a poem: language, line breaks, music, sound, silence, shape, structure, image and even a little mystery. They will also read wonderful poems by other writers, their choice and the instructor’s, and maybe do an exercise or two.

Estha Weiner is author of The Mistress Manuscript, Transfiguration Begins At Home, and the forthcoming In The Weather of The World. She teaches at City College.

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