Always Beginning: Maxine Kumin in Conversation with Sharon Olds & Karen Swenson

Maxine Kumin, whose meticulous observations of nature and human nature have been compared with Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Frost, will offer her perspective on all things poetical and political in conversation with poets Sharon Olds and Karen Swenson.

Funded by the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Poetic City: Celebration on the Waterfront

Steps away from the future home of Poets House, an impressive array of poets from across the country converge to celebrate the arrival of summer, with words and music resounding over the Hudson River at sunset.

Branching Out Jacksonville: 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.

12th Annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

This unforgettable literary pilgrimage over the bridge that inspired Hart Crane, Walt Whitman, and generations of poets, begins near City Hall, pauses under Roebling's famous arches and culminates in a reading at Brooklyn's historic Fulton Ferry Landing. The evening concludes with a festive dinner in DUMBO. Proceeds from the Poetry Walk benefit Poets House.

Branching Out Salt Lake City: Vijay Seshadri on Elizabeth Bishop

In this talk, Vijay Seshadri will examine the origins and the scope of Bishop's visionary ambitions, her complicated, paradoxical relationship to the religious traditions that shaped her thought, and, finally, her ability to expose, in small poems and large, the fundamental questions underlying our experience.

A joint initiative with the Poetry Society of America, Branching Out: Poetry for the 21st Century is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Enigmatic Life of E. A. Lacey

Cultural theorists Wayne Koestenbaum and R. M. Vaughan engage in a conversation about queer identity and literature through a fascinating exploration of E. A. Lacey, whose 1965 collection, Forms of Loss, was the first openly gay book of poetry published in Canada.

Poetry in the Children's Room: The Sun Returns, The Day Begins

The Touchstone Center Theatre Ensemble will transform the World Financial Center into a place of wonderment, beginning with inspired readings of poetry written by children (accompanied by audience participation) and culminating in a performance of poems by popular children's writer Richard Lewis, author of Each Sky Has Its Words and A Tree Lives.

Transparency and the Invisible with Alan Gilbert, Ann Lauterbach, Lesle Lewis & Monica de la Torre

A dynamic reading in response to the work of the Venezuelan artist Gego (1912-1994) whose Modernist masterpieces sought to "make visible the invisible."

Prior to the event, which begins at 7:00pm at Poets House, audience members are invited to a free guided tour of the Gego exhibit at 6:00pm at The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street.

Branching Out Jacksonville: Edward Hirsch on Federico García Lorca

In his talk on Federico García Lorca's life and work, Edward Hirsch will explore Lorca's artistic sources, including native Andalusian music and the metaphorical style characteristic of the avant-garde Hispanic literary movement Ultraísmo, the intellectual community in which Lorca became a youthful prodigy, his complicated friendships with Salvador Dali and Luis Buñel, his place in Spanish literary history, his emotional and intellectual crises, and how he came to write what Hirsch considers to be one of the greatest books of poems ever written about New York City,

Branching Out Hartford: Molly Peacock on Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay, an elfin, red-haired diva of the sonnet, published some of the wisest, sexiest, and most feminist poetry of the 20th century. From her childhood as caretaker of her siblings in Camden, Maine, to her adolescent near-miss at a national prize for "Renascence" which sparked a national poetry controversy, to her bohemian life in one of Greenwich Village's tiniest brownstones, Millay was as uncompromising in her devotion to the rules of verse as she was in her flaunting of social rules.


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