The Eighth Annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

Join us for this annual tribute to poetry and the city we love. Galway Kinnell, Cornelius Eady, Quincy Troupe and Grace Paley will read their poems and invoke the words of Hart Crane, Walt Whitman and other poets who have celebrated the city and its bridges and boroughs. The walk features poetry readings on the Brooklyn Bridge and Fulton Ferry Landing, and concludes with a convivial dinner with more poetry and celebration.

Richard Lewis: "Sing Your Song Looking Up at the Sky"

As spring arrives and the birds return, Richard Lewis helps us call on the birds of imagining to write poems we can sing to the sky.

The Practice of Poetry: A Conversation with Sam Hamill

The class will read and listen to some poems and explore aspects of good writing and the practice of poetry in the fullest sense of that term: like doctors who practice medicine, we must prepare ourselves to serve a great tradition.This conversation may include deep reaches into classical Chinese and Japanese poetry, overtly political poetry and other aspects of practice.


African drums, dance and poetry by the first graders of PS 156.

New Issues in Poetry & Poetics: A Master Class with Brenda Hillman

An alternative to traditional workshops, this class aims to contextualize students’ poems within the broad field of contemporary poetry. Participants will be asked to bring copies of poems in process, a page of prose (or poetics theory) that relates to the work, and several questions they would like Brenda Hillman to address. These questions will be used as the basis for discussions about craft and aesthetics.

Alastair Reid on Jorge Luis Borges

Alastair Reid discusses the impact of Argentina's outstanding man of letters, Jorge Luis Borges, on the writers of the last century.

This annual program on translation honors Katharine Washburn, acclaimed translator and co-editor of the World Poetry anthology.


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