Dear Aunt Emily and Uncle Walt

Poets House's own Michael Romanos introduces two of the most famous American poets of the 19th Century: Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. Inspired by their revolutionary poetry and fascinating life stories, children will write their own poetic letters to the poets.

What If…And Other Lives of Spring Blossoming

Join Richard Lewis and the Touchstone Center Theatre Ensemble in a workshop and performance and imagine becoming the sun and the moon, a blossoming flower and the spring rain.

Poem Runs and UnBEElievables with Douglas Florian

Join us for a morning of baseballs and bees as Douglas Florian reads hilarious poems from his two latest books Poem Runs and UnBEElievables. There will be line drives on paper and sweet verse in a workshop to follow.

Please Bury Me in the Library with J. Patrick Lewis

U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis will “bury” young visitors with his sidesplitting and endlessly imaginative poems from a career spanning over fifty poetry books for children. Not to be missed by any aspiring young writer, Lewis will talk about where his ideas come from and give great tips for those just starting out.

Floating Valentines: A Screening of The Red Balloon

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Poets House presents Albert Lamorisse’s timeless children’s film classic The Red Balloon. Afterward, children will make their own floating valentines in the form of hot-air balloon mobiles.

A Florianthology: An Exhibition on the Art and Poetry of Douglas Florian

The unique collage-work, witty wordplay and educational rhymes of this award-winning children’s book author have inspired and entertained countless children. This exhibit features original art work and poetry from the illustrator and author's career as well as insight into his artistic process. Featuring original artwork and poetry from his award-winning books Mammalabilia, Insectlopedia, Dinothesaurus, Poetrees and more.

A Florianthology exhibit on view through Saturday, April 21, 2012

A Florianthology: An Exhibition on the Art and Poetry of Douglas Florian - Opening Reception

The unique collage-work, witty wordplay and educational rhymes of this award-winning children’s book author have inspired and entertained countless children. This exhibit features original art work and poetry from the illustrator and author's career as well as insight into his artistic process. Featuring original artwork and poetry from his award-winning books Mammalabilia, Insectlopedia, Dinothesaurus, Poetrees and more.

A Florianthology exhibit on view through Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Whole Poem with Neil Shepard

6 Thursdays, April 12–May 24th (skipping May 10th), 6:00–8:30pm

From first draft to final draft, we need strategies for seeing the whole poem, both its full potential for content and its most satisfying form. Students will talk about strategies for the intense perception of the first draft as well as for “re-seeing” the poem, practicing the kind of deep revision that leads us to reconsider everything from word choice and vivid image to metaphoric subtext, grammatical pattern and inner music of the poem.

The Memory Palace with Hettie Jones

6 Wednesdays, April 11–May 16, 6:00–8:30PM

This workshop considers ways into your “memory palace,” with its stored treasure of objects and events. Students will be encouraged to create “from the heart to the breath to the line,” with attention to “how you sound.”

Hettie Jones is the author of twenty-three books for children and adults, including three poetry collections. Her first, Drive, won the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber Award. Jones is on the faculties of the New School’s MFA Writing Program and the 92nd Street Y Poetry Center.

Poetic Prose and the Prose Poem with Barbara Henning

6 Saturdays, February 25–March 31, 11:30am–2:00pm

Which of us, in his ambitious moments, has not dreamed of the miracle of a poetic prose? (Baudelaire) The prose poem is a border genre particularly suited to tracing/guiding consciousness. This workshop will explore poetic possibilities while writing five works in prose and also reading poetry and poetics from some 20th century poetic movements—Imagism, Surrealism, Objectivism, Projective Verse and the New York School.

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