An Introduction to Poets House
Hard Hat Reading: Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
Poet and editor Allison Adelle Hedge Coke reads work by Brandy Nālani McDougall and poems from several of her own books, including 2022 National Book Awards finalist Look at This Blue.
Hard Hat Reading: Timothy Liu
Poet and educator Timothy Liu reads “Those New York City Pigeons” by Jayne Cortez and two poems from his own recent book Let It Ride.
Hard Hat Reading: Megan Fernandes
Poet and writer Megan Fernandes reads poems from Good Boys and her forthcoming collection I Do Everything I’m Told, plus “the blackness of the hole” by Dutch poet Radna Fabias.
Hard Hat Reading: Montana Ray
Montana Ray—poet, translator, and former Poets House Fellow—reads Ocean Vuong’s “Essay on Craft” and shares her own concrete poem from her book (guns and butter).
Hard Hat Reading: Sharon Dolin
Poet and translator Sharon Dolin reads from her award-winning translation, Late to the House of Words: Selected Poems of Gemma Gorga; Jean Valentine’s Door in the Mountain; and her own books Manual for Living and the forthcoming Imperfect Present.
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.