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Hard Hat Reading: Patricia Spears Jones

Drawing inspiration from her 1995 Poets House Showcase reading, Patricia Spears Jones reads from her first collection, The Weather That Kills, and from The Only World by the late Lynda Hull.

This event is part of the ongoing Hard Hat Reading Series, featuring poetry readings by members of the Poets House community.

Hard Hat Reading: Rosebud Ben-Oni

Poet Rosebud Ben-Oni reads Dorothy Chan’s “Hello Baby, Hello Sir” and her own poem “The Songs We Know Not to Talk Over” from her award-winning book If This Is the Age We End Discovery.

This event is part of the ongoing Hard Hat Reading Series, featuring poetry readings by members of the Poets House community.

Hard Hat Reading: Martha Rhodes

Watch Martha Rhodes, poet and co-founder of Four Way Books, read Nathan McClain’s “Fire Destroys Beloved Chicago Bakery” and a new poem of her own.

This event is part of the ongoing Hard Hat Reading Series, featuring poetry readings by members of the Poets House community.

Hard Hat Reading: José Olivarez

José Olivarez—poet, performer, educator, and former Poets House Emerging Poets Fellow—reads Manuel Paul López’s poem “There Is a Hole in My Living Room” and his own poem “Ode to Cheese Fries” from his book Citizen Illegal.

This event is part of the ongoing Hard Hat Reading Series, featuring poetry readings by members of the Poets House community.

Hard Hat Reading: Kimiko Hahn

Poet and distinguished professor Kimiko Hahn reads from Meena Alexander’s Night-Scene, The Garden and her own new book Foreign Bodies amid the construction at Poets House.

This event is part of the ongoing Hard Hat Reading Series, featuring poetry readings by members of the Poets House community.

Hard Hat Reading: Laure-Anne Bosselaar

Laure-Anne Bosselaaraward-winning poet, translator, and educatorreads Lee Briccetti’s “Distance,” from Blue Guide, and her own poem “On a Bench by the Hudson,” from her collection A New Hunger.

This event is part of the ongoing Hard Hat Reading Series, featuring poetry readings by members of the Poets House community.

Hard Hat Reading: Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye—prolific author, editor, and Young People’s Poet Laureate—reads her mentor William Stafford’s “A Bird Inside a Box” and two recent poems of her own.

This event is part of the ongoing Hard Hat Reading Series, featuring poetry readings by members of the Poets House community.

Hard Hat Reading: Shyanne Figueroa Bennett

Poet and teaching artist Shyanne Figueroa Bennett reads from Aracelis Girmay’s book the black maria and shares her own recent poem “LAKE GATÚN,” first published in Issue Six of Oversound.

This event is part of the ongoing Hard Hat Reading Series, featuring poetry readings by members of the Poets House community.

Hard Hat Reading: Bob Holman

Watch Bob Holman—poet, filmmaker, and founder of the Bowery Poetry Club—as he reads June Jordan’s “Financial Planning” and his own poem “We Are the Dinosaur” from his book The Collect Call of the Wild.

This event is part of the ongoing Hard Hat Reading Series, featuring poetry readings by members of the Poets House community.

Hard Hat Reading: Tracy K. Smith

Former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith presents Jericho Brown’s “After Avery R. Young” and her own “Found Poem” from her most recent book Such Color.

This event is part of the ongoing Hard Hat Reading Series, featuring poetry readings by members of the Poets House community.