Poets House, 10 River Terrace in Battery Park City (Lower Manhattan)
Web site: http://poetshouse.org
Catalog URL: http://poets.kohalibrary.com/cgi-bin/koha/op…
Twitter account: @poetshouse
Description: Poets House is a national poetry library and literary center that invites poets and the public to step into the living tradition of poetry. Founded in 1985 by poet Stanley Kunitz and arts administrator Elizabeth Kray, Poets House has created a home for all who read and write poetry, with resources and literary events that document the wealth and diversity of modern poetry, and stimulate public dialogue on issues of poetry in culture.
With over 60,000 volumes of poetry—including books, journals, chapbooks, audio and video tapes, and digital media—our collection is among the most comprehensive, open-access collections of poetry in the United States and is the foundation for all our programs and services.
Each year we present over 200 public programs, including panels, lectures, readings, writing workshops and walking tours in New York City and nationwide. Panel discussions and lectures link the voices of poets living today to a vast literary tradition. Poets House readings presented in public parks and libraries cultivate a wider audience for the art. Innovative seminars and workshops taught by emerging and established poets offer aficionados and first-timers an opportunity to explore the writing process in greater depth.
Through the annual Poets House Showcase, we gather and exhibit all of the years' new poetry books. Thousands of books are shown each year from publishers large and small across the country. The Showcase provides readers and writers an opportunity to view the whole range of the art.
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A Seismographic Attention: An Evening with Jane Hirshfield (Monday, October 12 at 7pm)
Words of War, Words of Loss with Robyn Creswell & Dunya Mikhail (Tuesday, October 13 at 7pm)
Poetry is central to Arabic cultural expression. Contemporary Arabic poetry reflects the whirl of events sweeping across the Middle East -- mourning tragedy, criticizing societal expectations, and engaging fierce political discourse. Robyn Creswell, scholar of the poetry and intellectual history of the Middle East, and Iraqi poet Dunya Mikhail
, recipient of the United Nations Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing, discuss poetry as a way to understand contemporary Arab society.. (rmharris)… (more)
Event location: National September 11 Memorial & Museum Auditorium (Atrium Terrace Level, Second Floor), 180 Greenwich St, New York
Tribute to Ai (Monday, October 19 at 7pm)
Ai (1947-2010) carved her literary legacy deep into the hearts and minds of a wide audience, lifting a voice for the vulnerable members of society. For this tribute, poets Timothy Donnelly
, Rigoberto González
, Joy Harjo
, Tyehimba Jess
, Patricia Spears Jones
, Yusef Komunyakaa, Timothy Liu
, and Susan Wheeler
read from Ai’s Collected Poems
, and actor Eisa Davis
will perform a selection of Ai’s well-known dramatic monologues, giving a sense of the power still resonating through this body of work. (rmharris)… (more)
Event location: CUNY Graduate Center, Proshansky Auditorium 365 Fifth Avenue New York, NY
John Wieners Celebration (Thursday, October 22 at 7pm)
The poetry of John Wieners
(1934-2004) influenced the San Francisco Renaissance, the Beats, and the poetics of pacifism and gay rights. The many registers of Wiener’s poetry are explored in an evening of readings and conversation occasioned by the publication of two new books, Supplications: Selected Poems of John Wieners and Stars Seen in Person: Selected Journals
, with presenters including Joshua Beckman
, Raymond Foye
, Fanny Howe
, Rachel Levitsky
, Hoa Nguyen
, Cedar Sigo
, Lewis Warsh
, and others (rmharris)… (more)
Write Back Soon! Adventures in Letter Writing with Karen Benke (Saturday, October 24 at 11am)
Join us for an exploration into the lost art of letter writing. Pen postcard prompts and letter lead-ins to create a mailable gift you will send to a friend at the end of the workshop.
Recommended for middle schoolers. Art materials charge: $10Karen Benke
is the celebrated author of Sister, Rip the Page!
, and Leap Write In!
. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, with her teenage son, a magic cat named Clive, and a rescue dog. (rmharris)… (more)
An Evening with CEC ARTSLINK Fellow Liwaa Yazji (Thursday, October 29 at 7pm)
In this artist talk, playwright, poet and filmmaker Liwaa Yazji discusses her art-making as a means of exploring broadly the way people relate to the unknown and endure crisis, sharing work created this fall while in residency as a CEC ArtsLink Fellow at Poets House. To accompany her first book of poetry, Peacefully, we leave home (2014), she directed a documentary film that examines the reflexive relationship between individuals and their homes, particularly during wartime. (rmharris)… (more)
A Haunted (Poets) House (Saturday, October 31 at 11am)
Drop in during the day to listen to classic spooky poetry, make a monster mask, and write a spell or incantation on “ancient” paper.
All ages welcome! (rmharris)
Library Symposium at Poets House (Saturday, November 7 at 12pm)
An afternoon spent in silence? A-Z? The cosmic order of Borges' library of the imagination? Whatever the duration, extent, or dimensions of your perfect library, this day-long symposium will delight and inform as it winds through the many roles libraries take on in the community of readers and in the imagination, as collection, as shared intellectual and physical space, and as the symbol of shared knowledge.
• 12:00pm: Collections, Curators, and Community: A Conversation with Nancy Kuhl, Shannon Mattern, and Kevin Young
• 1:30pm: Poets at Poets House: Catherine Barnett, Tyehimba Jess, and Monica Youn share their discoveries and new poems created during their residency at Poets House.
• 3:00pm: Ander Monson on Ephemera and Kevin Young on Collections
• 4:30pm: Susan Howe in Conversation with Nancy Kuhl
• 6:00pm: Reception (rmharris)… (more)
Iowa International Writing Program Reading (Monday, November 9 at 7pm)
Poets House welcomes five poets from the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa for an evening of readings and conversation. This event explores various cultural spaces that poetry occupies, internationally and domestically. Director of the International Writing Program, Christopher Merrill introduces visiting poets Johanna Aitchison
(New Zealand), Anas Atakora (Togo), Matthew Cheng (Hong Kong), Yao Feng
(Macau), and Marie Silkeberg
(Sweden). (rmharris)… (more)
Reading and Conversation with Bernadette Mayer (Saturday, November 14 at 3pm)
Gather to celebrate the endless capacity and singular brilliance of Bernadette Mayer
. Now in her 70th year, she is the author of more than twenty collections of poetry including Poetry State Forest
(2008) and Sonnets
(1989), which was recently reprinted to mark its 25th anniversary. A 2015 Guggenheim fellow, Mayer has left her mark on readers, writers, and entire literary movements. This reading will feature special introductions by Michael Ruby and Sam Truitt, co-editors of Eating the Colors of a Lineup of Words: The Collected Early Books of Bernadette Mayer (2015). Follow Mayer’s example and “turn formally to love to spend the day.” (rmharris)… (more)
Autobiography of a Book with Lynn Emanuel (Tuesday, November 17 at 7pm)
Reassessing the book's potential as poetic form, Lynn Emanuel considers her own compositional choices -- why she places a letter addressed to Baudelaire here and a lyric or persona poem there -- as well as examples for developing a book's architecture set by poets such as Malarme and Pessoa. Discover the personal and artistic imperatives that inform this capacious poets work. (rmharris)
Diorama-Rama (Saturday, November 21 at 11am)
Drop in throughout the day and mix together cool art materials with poetic fragments inside clear-sided diorama boxes. Watch as a literary terrarium forms before your eyes.
All ages welcome! Art materials charge: $10 (rmharris)
Poetry Reading with Rosamond King (Friday, December 4 at 6:30pm)
Join the ongoing conversation between the literary and visual arts as Rosamond S. King
performs evocative, interdisciplinary poems within the setting of the Musical Instruments permanent collections galleries. (rmharris)
Event location: Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings with Matthew Burgess (Saturday, December 5 at 11am)
Passwords: Miriam Nichols on Robin Blaser (Saturday, December 12 at 3pm)
’s expertly edited The Astonishment Tapes (2015), a transcript of twenty autobiographical audiotapes recorded in an attic room in Vancouver by poet Robin Blaser
in 1974. Thirty years prior, Blaser, along with Robert Duncan and Jack Spicer, formed the Berkeley core of what is now known as the San Francisco Renaissance. Reminiscent of the perfect mix attained by Blaser’s legendary martinis, this talk by Nichols blends gossip and literary legacy into a balanced representation of this mythic poet. (rmharris)… (more)
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