Former U S Poet Laureate Robert Hass talks with librarians about the Laureate position, and ways in which to engage library users and the community with poetry. Part of the 2005 Poetry In The Branches National Institute (Full Audio, Approx. 1 hour 30 mins)
John Foley, the author of How to Read an Oral Poem, introduces a season of programs on epics and ballads by discussing the ways oral and literary forms move through culture and time. Full Audio, Approx 1 hour 20 mins.
Harold Bloom discusses the work of Salvador Espriu, Ramon Llull and Arnau March in his keynote address to Poets House's Catalan Poetry Symposium: A Day Long Festival, an exploration of eight centuries of Catalan poetry. Full Audio, approx 1 hour
Internationally known for his “talk pieces”— improvisational blends of comedy, story and social commentary that have been described as a mix of Mark Twain and Gertrude Stein, poet David Antin will explore how language can be regarded as essentially political.
Poet and translator Dick Davis expands our understanding of the period that gave rise to such voices as Rumi and Omar Khayyam by exploring several poems from the canon of Medieval Persian literature, including the Sufi allegory The Conference of Birds.
Poet Patricia Spears Jones discusses the life and work of Lorenzo Thomas (1944-2005), a pivotal figure in the Black Arts Movement and author of such poetry books as Chances are Few and Dancing on Main Street.
Copper Canyon Press editor Sam Hamill introduces readings by Heather Allen, Erin Belieu, Stephen Berg, Timothy Liu, Jane Miller, Karen Swenson, Elaine Terranova in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Copper Canyon Press and the release of the anthology The Gift of Tongues, chronicling one of the finest poetry presses in the nation.