Exhibition of the 2000 Poetry Publication Showcase

On View in Chicago July 6-7
Poets House brings the 2000 Poetry Publication Showcase to the ALA Conference so that 20,000 librarians from across the country can survey the year’s poetry books.

Poetry in The Branches Preconference Seminar with Dave Johnson, Luis Rodriguez, Kate Rushin, Gerald Stern, and Michael Warr

Everything librarians need to know in order to make their branch a home for poetry using the Poetry in The Branches model, including extensive information on collection development, programming, community outreach and much more.

The Fifth Annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

Join us for our annual tribute to the landscape and literature of the city. Hear the words of Walt Whitman, Marianne Moore, Langston Hughes, and Hart Crane brought to life by Galway Kinnell, Sapphire, Gerald Stern and others. The walk includes poetry readings on the Bridge and at the Fulton Ferry Landing with a buffet supper on The Barge.

Poems By Heart with Carol Conroy

Poems By Heart brings people together to recite from memory the poems they love. Participants are asked to memorize a new poem each month that someone else has written.

Passwords: The Japanese Zuihitsu or Running Brush with Kimiko Hahn

The zuihitsu, for which there is no Western counterpart, is a Japanese genre sometimes described as a prose miscellany or random notes. Kimiko Hahn discusses the zuihitsu’s history, including its precursors, The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon and Kenko’s classic, Essays in Idleness, its subversion of form, and its links to a contemporary poetic aesthetic.

Passwords: The Peacock's Tail: An Evening of Poetry from Al-Andalus with Lourdes Alvarez

"Islamic Spain is now remembered as a place where Muslims, Christians and Jews created a vibrant polyglot civilization. Hispano- Arabic poets sang of forbidden love in rhymes which drew on both Spanish and Arabic traditions. Lourdes Alvarez presents original English translations of Andalusian poems from the 10th-14th centuries, including Sufi verse and nostalgic laments for the waning of the golden years of that richly polyphonic society."


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