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2014: On the Poetry Talent with Alice Notley (Full Audio)

Award-winning and prolific poet Alice Notley leads an autobiographically-inspired discussion of the poetry talent – its rarity, mystery, and importance in the education and nurture of poets.
(Full Audio Approx. 55 minutes)

2013: Passwords: Lisa Jarnot on Robert Duncan (Full Audio)

Poet, biographer Lisa Jarnot (Robert Duncan: The Ambassador from Venus, 2012), will map out the varied intersections of Robert Duncan’s library, his bookishness and his entrance into poetics.

(Full Audio, Approx. 1 hour 20 mins.)

2014: Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me: Ghassan Zaqtan & Fady Joudah with Mark Doty (Full Audio)

Award-winning poet Mark Doty introduces Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan, who reads from and discusses his visceral, narrative poetics with fellow poet and translator Fady Joudah.

(Full Audio Approx 1 hour)

2014: The Art of George Schneeman: Poetry Reading (Full Audio)

A poetry reading with Michael Brownstein, Larry Fagin, Alice Notley, Maureen Owen, Harris Schiff, Anne Waldman, and Lewis Warsh, introduced by Bill Berkson, in conjunction with the exhibition A Painter and His Poets: The Art of George Schneeman

(Full Audio, Approx 1 hour and 5 mins)

2014: Passwords: Elizabeth Alexander on Lucille Clifton (Full Audio)

Elizabeth Alexander discusses the work of beloved author Lucille Clifton (1936-2010), whose luminous poems and dynamic life impacted our poetry and our culture.

(Full Audio, Approx. 1 hour)

2014: Inside Form, Outside Elements: Brenda Hillman on Craft (Full Audio)

Brenda Hillman discusses ecopoetics, spiritual discovery and activism in her latest volume, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, the concluding volume in her tetralogy on the classical elements--earth, air, water, and fire.

2013: An Evening with Mei-mei Berssenbrugge with Charles Altieri (Full Audio)

Mei-mei Berssenbrugge was described by poet Jackson Mac Low as “neither objectivist nor subjectivist but a poet of the whole consciousness.” Born in Beijing, she emerges from diverse influences, from the artistic scene of her rural New Mexico home to the New York School and Language poets. Her over a dozen books of poetry include artistic collaborations with her husband Richard Tuttle and visual artist Kiki Smith. Berssenbrugge is joined by University of California Berkeley scholar Charles Altieri.

2013: Sekou Sundiata - Citizen Poet (Full Audio)

A conversation and book-signing to celebrate the publication of the retrospective catalog Blink Your Eyes: Sekou Sundiata Revisited. Moderated by Malaika Adero, Jane Lazarre, Greg Tate, Kimiko Hahn, Amiri Baraka and Talvin Wilks reflect on the breadth of poet Sekou Sundiata’s accomplishments and his influence as artist, activist, educator and bandleader.

2013: Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading, hosted by Jen Bervin (Full Audio)

A reading by the 10 poets in Poets House’s second annual Emerging Poets Fellowship program: Mahogany Browne, Jessica Elsaesser, Paul Hlava, Rosamond King, Elsbeth Pancrazi, Montana Ray, Andrew Seguin, Xeňa Stanislavovna Semjonová, Purvi Shah and Ocean Vuong
(Full Audio, approx. 1 hr. 20 mins)

2013: May Swenson Centennial Tribute (Full Audio)

In celebration of the centenary of May Swenson’s birth, this reading showcases the breadth of her poetic output—from nature poems displaying her keen observation of wildlife, to exuberant, erotic love poems, to place poems recording her travels to the American Southwest, France and Italy and her residence in New York.

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