String Talks: A Reading and Performance by Anne Carson

A multimedia performance piece involving a reading of short talks accompanied by red string, a dancer or two and audiovisual elements. With the collaboration of Robert Currie (randomizer) and Mark Bibbins (introduction and backup vocals).

Poetry Westchester! Teen Poetry Writing Workshop Publication Party and Reading

Part of Poetry Westchester! , bringing free writing workshops, poetry readings and talks to community libraries throughout Westchester--a county rich in literary history, from Edgar Allan Poe to Washington Irving.

Funded by the Westchester Library System (through the Westchester County Board of Legislators).

Poetry Westchester! Teen Poetry Writing Workshop with Hettie Jones

Part of Poetry Westchester! , bringing free writing workshops, poetry readings and talks to community libraries throughout Westchester--a county rich in literary history, from Edgar Allan Poe to Washington Irving.

Funded by the Westchester Library System (through the Westchester County Board of Legislators).

A Tribute to Gerald Stern

Jorie Graham, Edward Hirsch, Li-Young Lee, Anne Marie Macari, Ira Sadoff, Alan Soldofsky and poets from across the country gather to pay homage to the humane and humorous master of "the everyday and the ineffable," Gerald Stern, who will also give a brief reading from his work.

A Tribute to Grace Paley

The literary community gathers to honor the life and work of the revered short-story writer, poet and model of 'combative pacificism,' Grace Paley. After studying with W.H. Auden at The New School in the 1940s, Paley went on to become a writer renowned for her articulation of the New York experience and a beloved friend and mentor to generations of writers.

Our Emily Dickinson: A 21st Century Response by Artists and Writers

Susan Howe, author of the recently reissued My Emily Dickinson, joins literary scholar Brenda Wineapple, multidisciplinary artist Jen Bervin and cultural critic Eliot Weinberger in presenting a 21st century response to Dickinson's work. The panelists consider a range of topics, including the latent avant-garde aspects of Dickinson's work, the typographical revolution of her markings and use of the page, as well as contemporary issues of public access to her archives.

An Eightieth Birthday Tribute to Philip Levine

Friends and fellow writers celebrate four-score years in the life of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Levine, with selected readings from his work.

Branching Out Salt Lake City: E. Ethelbert Miller on Langston Hughes

What are Langston's lessons? An examination of the work of Langston Hughes will help you learn more about America. It will help you explore the tough tapestry of race. His work will make you look into the mirror and see yourself. Are you ready? Who was this man who taught us how to dream? The life and work of Langston Hughes echoes the social transformation of America from the 1920s to the early 1960s. How did he put blues and jazz into his words? What was his secret? Come dance with the dreamer and discover how he changed literature.

Branching Out New Orleans: Ron Padgett on Frank O'Hara and Kenneth Koch

In 1949 Harvard undergraduate John Ashbery wrote to Kenneth Koch about the poetry of a fellow student, Frank O'Hara: "I think we have a major competitor." Shortly thereafter Ashbery sent Koch a manuscript of O'Hara's poems, which Koch found not very interesting. But he took it with him when he went to France on a Fulbright and, when he read the manuscript again on a train ride through Austria, he was staggered by its dazzling energy. Thus began an inspiring, competitive literary friendship that helped both Koch and O'Hara become two of the greatest American poets of the 20th century.

The Invention of Farewell: A Poets House Celebration

Join us as we bid a fond farewell to 72 Spring Street, Poets House's home of nearly 20 years, with readings and impromptu toasts by over 20 poets and a host of festivities to commemorate our beloved Soho home and the community of friends that have gathered here. Champagne and poetic delicacies will be served, as we usher in the momentous year that will bring us to our permanent home in Battery Park City.

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