23rd Annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

Journey with us across the Brooklyn Bridge, from Manhattan to Brooklyn, to celebrate Poets House and the poetry of New York City with readings by poets Sophie Cabot Black, Tina Chang, Willie Perdomo, Patricia Smith, and Yanyi, as well as special guest Bill Murray. Afterward, we’ll continue with more readings, accompanied by wine, dinner and dessert, inside a beautiful, historic foundry in DUMBO.

Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading

Travel to the future of poetry: 2018 Emerging Poets Fellows read new work crafted during mentorship by their workshop leader, poet Aracelis Girmay.

Naomi Replansky 100th Birthday Reading

Friends and fellow poets gather to honor National Book Award-nominee Naomi Replansky, who has been praised by Philip Levine as a “warrior for social justice” and B.H. Fairchild as “the master of a Blakean music radically unfashionable in its devotion to songlike meters and the reality and politics of working-class experience.”

Exhibition Opening: The Little Magazine

Exhibition Opening: 6PM
Talk with exhibition curator Sophie Seita: 7PM

A Shadowy Exultation with Edward Hirsch

MacArthur Award-winning poet and critic Edward Hirsch considers how five 19th- and 20th-century poets treat luminous moments and visionary experiences. It is “Within a Moment: a Pulsation of the Artery,” William Blake writes, “when the Poets Work is Done.” Such unexpected breakthroughs—sudden and revelatory—arise out of commonplace experiences. How do different poets dramatize epiphanies that rupture time? And how do they integrate them into consciousness?

Lullabies and Laments: Experiments in Music and Poetry

Lullabies and Laments is an experiment in translation, informed by Indic reading, interpretive and performative practices. Moving between Tamil and English, this performance with Grammy Award-nominee Sikkil C. Gurucharan and scholar and translator Archana Venkatesan explores laments and lullabies and the role of gender in expressing love, longing, desire and devotion.

The Sonnet: A Craft Talk with Shane McCrae

Sonnets have been written in English for about 500 years, and though their popularity has risen and fallen during that time, almost from the beginning poets have utilized sonnets for everything from grand statements to private messages. Shane McCrae explores the history of the sonnet and considers its use by today’s poets.

Presented as part of the Emerging Poets Fellowship public lecture series, with support from the Jerome Foundation.

Shane McCrae at BMCC

National Book Award Finalist Shane McCrae reads from his work.

Presented as part of the Emerging Poets Fellowship public lecture series, with support from the Jerome Foundation

Foliage & Pattern with Carl Phillips

L.A. Times Book Award-winner Carl Phillips discusses how pattern makes for meaning and muscularity in five poems. Author of over a dozen poetry books and two books of criticism, Phillips’s newest
poetry collection is Wild is the Wind.

30 Poems: Close Readings
This spring, Poets House continues with a year-long exploration of 30 poems that have left an indelible mark on the history of poetry: six poets provide close readings of five enduring poems (6 x 5 = 30).

Poland's Ryszard Krynicki with Clare Cavanagh, Edward Hirsch and Alissa Valles

Born in a Nazi labor camp in Austria in 1943, Ryszard Krynicki went on to become one of post-war Poland’s most significant poets, as well as an acclaimed editor, publisher, and translator. Krynicki joins his translators and fellow poets to read and discuss the release of his selected book of poems, Magnetic Point, and the first uncensored, English-language translation of Our Life Grows, first published in Paris in 1978.

Presented as part of the PEN World Voices festival.

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