Is the Poet the New Public Intellectual? Today’s Poet-Critics on Criticism and Critique

National Book Critics Circle poetry chair Tess Taylor invites some of today’s leading poet critics—Stephanie Burt, Daisy Fried, Greg Pardlo, and Craig Teicher—to talk about how the terrain of criticism is changing; what poets add to the literature of critique; and to what ends we write criticism now. How is the criticism poets write different than other criticism? What is the relationship between the forms of poetry and the forms of critical intervention? Where do poets understand the borders of these genres?

2018: Showcase Reading Series: Denizé Lauture, Katy Lederer, Raquel Salas Rivera, Chen Chen

Readings by Denizé Lauture (a kiss to the land, Subpress Collective), Katy Lederer (The bright red horse―and the blue―, Atelos), Raquel Salas Rivera (Lo terciario/The Tertiary, Timeless, Infinite Light), and Chen Chen (When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, BOA Editions)

2018: Showcase Reading Series: Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Michael Lally, Joy Ladin, Roberto Harrison

Readings by Aimee Nezhukumatathil (Oceanic, Copper Canyon), Michael Lally (Another Way to Play: Poems 1960-2017, Seven Stories), Joy Ladin (The Future is Trying to Tell Us Something: New & Selected Poems, Sheep Meadow), and Roberto Harrison (Bridge of the World, Litmus Press).

2018: Showcase Reading Series - Celina Su, Wayne Koestenbaum, Dorothea Lasky, Tongo Eisen-Martin

Readings by Celina Su (Landia, Belladonna*), Wayne Koestenbaum (Camp Marmalade, Nightboat), Dorothea Lasky (Milk, Wave), and Tongo Eisen-Martin (Heaven Is All Goodbyes, City Lights)

Literary Partners Program: The Soundshop presents Music & Poetry, co-curated by Rose Blanshei

Is all poetry music? When does poetry become music? Five musical showcases will help the audience explore questions about these overlapping art forms.

Join us as we bring The Soundshop's monthly music salon to Poets House! The Soundshop is a music community that believes that everybody who enjoys music can contribute meaningfully to dialogue about music.

Refreshments and snacks will be available for all attendees.

Literary Partners Program: Jacar Press presents Against the Obvious: Poetry & Music

An evening of poetry and music, featuring Cornelius Eady and the Bow and Verse Project, plus poets Alison Stone, Benjamin Grossberg, Deborah Bogen, Kevin Boyle and Sharon McDermott. Wine and light appetizers will be served.

This event is made possible through Poets House's Literary Partners Program.

2018: Showcase Opening Reading Akbar, Faizullah, and Hillman

Readings by Kaveh Akbar (Calling a Wolf a Wolf, Alice James Books), Tarfia Faizullah (Registers of Illuminated Villages, Graywolf Press), and Brenda Hillman (Extra Hidden Life, among the Days, Wesleyan).

Literary Partners: Kweli Journal: Neela Vaswani's This Is My Eye Book Launch

Attend the picture book launch of Neela Vaswani’s This is My Eye. Text and photographs by Neela Vaswani.

This is My Eye is a story of perspective, identity, place, and ways of seeing. Look through one young girl’s eyes as she travels through her New York City. Neela and musician/composer Milica Paranosic will present the book in a family-oriented performance, followed by interactive photography and musical activities designed to encourage kids to create--and express themselves and their joy.

Sufi Songs: Crosscurrents in Persian and Turkish Classical Music

Amir Vahab, called the “ambassador for a silenced music,” by the New York Times, is joined by his Ensemble for an evening of Sufi poetry and song. They will perform classical Persian and Ottoman pieces, including works by Rumi, Hafiz, Baba Taher, Yunus Emre, and more.

This program is part of City Lore's Summer Educator Institute "A Reverence for Words: Understanding Muslim Cultures through the Arts," supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities

Night at the Museums

Spend a summer evening immersed in New York City's history and diverse cultures. Lower Manhattan offers one of the most varied and concentrated groups of museums in the world - all within walking distance from one another. Poets House is pleased to be part of Night at the Museums:

Stop in between 4:00pm and 8:00pm and view The Little Magazine before it closes. Complete a special scavenger hunt throughout the space and win a bag full of poetic goodies!

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