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Valeria Luiselli

Passwords: Saskia Hamilton on John Berryman, Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell

Poet and editor Saskia Hamilton looks at three post-war American poets, examining their formal innovation and selective use of the confessional, as well as their complex mutual friendships.

Passwords: Lee Ann Brown on Black Mountain Poets

Poet Lee Ann Brown discusses the poetic movement that started at the experimental Black Mountain College in the 1950s and 1960s, including a focus on Charles Olson and Robert Duncan, as well as their collaborators.

Passwords: Martín Espada on Puerto Rican Poetry

Poet Martín Espada addresses the political poetic tradition of Puerto Rico, from Julia de Burgos to three major poets—Clemente Soto Vélez, Juan Antonio Corretjer and Francisco Matos Paoli—who were imprisoned for their “seditious” words and ideas.

Passwords: Carol Muske-Dukes on the Beats

Poet and novelist Carol Muske-Dukes offers insights on the Beat poets, with a discussion of the work of Diane di Prima, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder and Philip Whalen.

Passwords: Rosamond King on Caribbean Poets of the 20th Century

Scholar and poet Rosamond King shares her insights into the groundbreaking output of 20th-century Caribbean poets, including the works of Kamau Brathwaite and M. NourbeSe Philip.

Passwords: Vijay Seshadri on W.H. Auden

Poet Vijay Seshadri addresses the life and work of this prolific British-born poet, who spent much of his life in New York creating an unparalleled body of work.

Master Class with Joan Larkin

Joan Larkin’s My Body: New and Selected Poems received the Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Award. She taught for 24 years at Brooklyn College and now teaches in Drew University’s low-residency MFA program.

Application Deadline: EXTENDED TO Tuesday, April 10

Application Guidelines:
Send three poems accompanied by a cover sheet with your name, address, email address and phone number to
Poets House
10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282
Attn: Classes

The 17th Annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

Join us for a very special "Bridgewalk" celebrating Poets House's 25th Anniversary year.

Our annual poetic pilgrimage from City Hall to Fulton Ferry Landing across one of the world’s architectural treasures will feature readings by Marie Howe, Thomas Lux, Sharon Olds and 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith, followed by a festive dinner at Bubby's Brooklyn.


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