Join us for a celebration of the release of the Afghan Women’s Writing Project’s new anthology Washing the Dust from Our Hearts. Afghan women writers, special guests, and audience members will read from the book. Copies available for purchase.
This event is made possible through the Poets House Literary Partners Program.
Tempest Productions presents La Scafetta: The Foundling Drawer, based on poems by Mary Rohrer-Dann and adapted for the stage by Cynthia Mazzant, with Roxanna Arrojo, Cynthia Mazzant, Elaine Meder-Wilgus, Laura Riley, Lissa Ramirez, Mary Rose Valentine, Jo Wadsworth, and Mike Waldhier.
The many registers of the poetry of John Wieners (1934-2004) are explored in an evening of readings of his work by presenters (in order of appearance)Robbie Dewhurst, Fanny Howe, Joshua Beckman, Lewis Warsh, Hoa Nguyen, Cedar Sigo, Monica de la Torre, Raymond Foye, and Rachel Levitsky. Introduced by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika. (Full audio, approx. 1 hr, 15 mins)
Jane Hirshfield, one of the foremost poets of her generation and a master illuminator of poetic craft, reads from her two most recent books, The Beauty (poems) and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (essays), and engages the audience in a conversation about the ways poetic language, attention, and word-craft navigate and enlarge both our personal and shared existence. Introduced by Poets House Program Director Stephen Motika (Full Audio, Approx 1 hr 15 mins)
Jerome Rothenberg discusses his half century of anthologies, from Technicians of the Sacred: A Range of Poems from Africa, America, Asia & Oceania (1968) to Barbaric Vast & Wild: An Assemblage of Outside & Subterranean Poetry from Origins to Present (2015), reconsidering what holds these works together and what the future might be for the study of ethnopoetics. (Full audio, apprx 1 hr, 10 mins)
Editor and poet Jerome Rothenberg presents an investigation and celebration of the world's primal cultures and the poetries that emerged from these regions, including sound poems, dream poems, chants and happenings from Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania. (Full Audio, approx. 1 hr 20 mins)