Baptism by Fire: The Work of James Wright

A conference organized and presented by Anne Wright, Michael Graves and the Phoenix Reading Series, with Anne Wright, Victor Schermer, Michael Graves, Jonathan Blunk, Sander Zulauf and Donna Masini.

Passwords: Lyn Hejinian on George Oppen

Poet, essayist and translator Lyn Hejinian explores the work of George Oppen, a poet affiliated with the Objectivists who split his life between writing and political activism. Oppen published Discrete Series, Of Being Numerous, and Primitive, among other works.

Goodbye Pork Pie Hat: A Salute to William Matthews

A beloved teacher and presence in the poetry world, William Matthews (1942-1997) published eleven books of poetry during his lifetime, including Time & Money, Selected Poems and Translations 1969-1991, Blues If You Want, A Happy Childhood, as well as the essay collection Curiosities. After All: Last Poems was published posthumously in 1998 and Search Party: Collected Poems was just released this year.

Poetry in the Children's Room: Elizabeth Winthrop: Dancing Granny

The author of over 50 books for children of all ages, Elizabeth Winthrop will read from her new book Dancing Granny. Her publications include The Castle in the Attic, The Red-Hot Rattoons, Dumpy La Rue, and others.

Passwords: Ammiel Alcalay on Charles Olson

Poet Ammiel Alcalay explores the work of Charles Olson, head of the famously progressive Black Mountain College in North Carolina, as well as author of the essay "Projective Verse" and the epic The Maximus Poems, two touchstones of experimental poetics.

Passwords: Kevin Young on Bob Kaufman

Poet Kevin Young discusses the work of Bob Kaufman (1925-1986), a premier jazz poet and major figure of the Beat movement whose books include Golden Sardine, The Ancient Rain and Solitudes Crowded with Loneliness. Cranial Guitar: Selected Poems was published posthumously.

Poetry in the Children's Room: Poet Robin Hirsch

Robin Hirsch, with assistance from his children, reads from his book FEG: Ridiculous (Stupid) Poems for Intelligent Children. He is the co-owner of the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village.

Passwords: Paul Muldoon on Marina Tsvetaeva's "Poem of the End"

Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Paul Muldoon provides a close reading of “Poem of the End,” written by the great Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva (1892-1941) in 1924 after the Russian Revolution.

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