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Hard Hat Reading: Chen Chen

Chen Chen reads Marilyn Chin’s “Summer Sleep (after Meng Haoran)” and his own poem “Summer” from his forthcoming book Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency.

Hard Hat Reading: Adeeba Shahid Talukder

Poet, singer, and translator Adeeba Shahid Talukder reads “Homage to Faiz Ahmed Faiz” by Agha Shahid Ali, work from her book Shahr-e-jaanaan: The City of the Beloved, and new poems inspired by Ali and Faiz.

Hard Hat Reading: Estha Weiner

Poet and professor Estha Weiner reads “Mingus at the Showplace” by William Matthews and her poem “WHEN THEY WERE KINGS” from her first collection Transfiguration Begins at Home.

Hard Hat Reading: Gaia Rajan

Join poet and Poets House Intern Gaia Rajan as she reads “Conversion” by Megan Fernandes and the title poem of her second chapbook, Killing It, forthcoming in September from Black Lawrence Press.

Hard Hat Reading: Myra Shapiro

Myra Shapiro—poet, educator, and Poets House Board Member—recites her late mentor Robert Bly’s “The Black Hen” and her own poem “Qué Dulce” from her new collection When the World Walks Toward You.

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.