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Poets House, 10 River Terrace in Battery Park City (Lower Manhattan)

Poets House

10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10012

United States

212-431-7920; infopoetshouse.org

Type: Library

Web site: http://poetshouse.org

Events: http://www.poetshouse.org/programs-and-even…

Catalog URL: http://poets.kohalibrary.com/cgi-bin/koha/op…

Twitter account: @poetshouse

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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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Feb
20
Curator Tour and Conversation - Metamorphosis: The Collaboration of Poet Barbara Guest & Artist Fay Lansner (Saturday, February 20 at 3pm)
A tour of the exhibition Metamorphosis: The Collaboration of Poet Barbara Guest & Artist Fay Lansner followed by a conversation with Erica Lansner, Gabrielle Lansner, and exhibition curator Raphael Rubinstein, followed by an opening reception for the exhibition. (rmharris)
Mar
5
An Afternoon with Bernadette Mayer (Saturday, March 5 at 3pm)
Gather to celebrate the endless capacity and singular brilliance of Bernadette Mayer. 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 twenty-fifth anniversary. 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)
Mar
11
Art & Craft with Robin Coste Lewis (Friday, March 11 at 7pm)
Robin Coste Lewis takes us on the incredible journey behind The Voyage of the Sable Venus, winner of the 2015 National Book Award Winner for Poetry. A triptych of poems, The Voyage of the Sable Venus investigates historical portrayals of the black female body along with lived experience and the lyric. Learn firsthand what choices and inspirations went into the creation of this remarkable debut. (rmharris)
Mar
21
Gold Morning, Sweet Prince: Shakespeare and Modern Poetry with Robert Pinsky (Monday, March 21 at 7pm)
Former Poet Laureate of the United States Robert Pinsky examines the influence of Shakespeare on important poets of the 20th and 21st centuries—from Yeats and Eliot to Langston Hughes and Allen Ginsberg. With the aid of some Shakespearean actors, Robert Pinsky will also perform newly-composed poetic collages that combine Shakespeare's sonnets with modern poems. (rmharris)
Event location: Kaye Playhouse, 68th Street between Park and Lexington
Mar
23
This Grubbing Art: The Poetry of Hayden Carruth (Wednesday, March 23 at 7pm)
Hayden Carruth (1921-2008) was a Vermont original: critic, editor, essayist, jazz poet and "a Yankee pragmatist," as he referred to himself. Please join us for this discussion of a poet whose voice is authentic, humane, and never afraid to buck the status quo with Marilyn Hacker, Joe-Anne McLaughlin, Lynne Sharon Schwartz and Douglas Unger. Moderated by Shaun Griffin. (rmharris)
Mar
31
Poetry, Politics & Place with Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Naomi Shihab Nye & Luis J. Rodriguez: Poets House at AWP (Thursday, March 31 at 1:30pm)
Three leading poets read their poems and discuss their poetry-activism in New York, San Antonio, Los Angeles, and around the country. Each engages poetic practice and community building with projects that expand poetry's place in our lives and culture: Rachel Eliza Griffiths through photography, Naomi Shihab Nye through writing for children, and Luis J. Rodriguez through publishing projects and political organizing. The transformative power of poetry brings these three together to talk about how we can make a better world. Moderated by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika (rmharris)… (more)
Event location: Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, Petree Hall, LA Convention Center, Exhibit Hall Level One, Los Angeles CA
Apr
5
A Tribute to Jean Valentine (Tuesday, April 5 at 7pm)
The author of thirteen books of poetry, Jean Valentine continues to delight and surprise new readers and adoring fans. As Adrienne Rich proclaimed, Valentine’s “is a poetry of the highest order, because it lets us into spaces and meanings we couldn't approach in any other way.” Hear these poems read by poets they continue to inspire, including Michael Burkard, Mark Doty, Ross Gay, Aracelis Girmay, Jody Gladding, David Hinton, Joan Larkin, Anne Marie Macari, Jane Mead, Elizabeth Metzger, Dennis Nurkse, Mary Ruefle, Patrick Rosal, Gerald Stern, Brian Teare and Ocean Vuong. (rmharris)… (more)
Event location: The New School Auditorium (Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall) 66 West 12th Street New York NY
Apr
6
The Forever Open Theater: A Reading with Patrizia Cavalli (Wednesday, April 6 at 7pm)
Philosopher Giorgio Agamben praised Patrizia Cavalli’s writing as “the most fluent, seamless, and colloquial language of twentieth-century Italian poetry.” In a rare opportunity, hear this unmatched poet, described as one of Italy’s national treasures, read poems recently selected and translated for an edition spanning thirty-two years, My Poems Won’t Change the World: Selected Poems. (rmharris)
Apr
13
An American Lyric with Claudia Rankine (Wednesday, April 13 at 7pm)
In this craft talk, Claudia Rankine, discusses her use of images, poetry and scholarship to create vital and impactful writing. Claudia Rankine’s most recent book, Citizen: An American Lyric, quickly became a book of singular acclaim for its critical examination of the relationships between race, art, media and society. (rmharris)
Apr
14
Celebrating Jayne Cortez - Beautiful Sea of Waves: For Jayne (Thursday, April 14 at 7:30pm)
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs and composer Marc Cary pay homage to the artistic legacy of poet Jayne Cortez (1934-2012). Drawing from multiple musical forms, minimalism and breath, Diggs and Cary perform with members of Focus Trio; Rashaan Carter on bass, Sameer Gupta on drums and tablas and surprise guests. Commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (rmharris)
Event location: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, David Rubenstein Atrium
Apr
16
Celebrating Jayne Cortez - Firespitter: A Tribute to Jayne Cortez (Saturday, April 16 at 3pm)
Honoring the legacy of poet, performer and activist Jayne Cortez (1934-2012) with LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Marty Erlich, Camonghne Felix, Magdalena Gomez, Robert Hershon, Bob Holman, Erica Hunt, Paolo Javier, Karma Mayet Johnson, Rosamond S. King, and Evie Shockley, each reading a favorite poem by Cortez and discussing her influence on their work. (rmharris)
Apr
21
Poem in Your Pocket Day Celebration at Poets House: Open Mic & Community Read-in (Thursday, April 21 at 3pm)
Join our young pocket-poets and other special guests for an afternoon of readings and fun! We invite you to bring a poem of your choice to share, or find one here at Poets House. (rmharris)
Apr
21
A Poetry Reading and Celebration of Melissa Green with J. Mae Barizo, Melissa Green & Marie Howe (Thursday, April 21 at 7pm)
Distinguished poets J. Mae Barizo, and Marie Howe gather to read poems in honor of Melissa Green, who will close the evening by reading from her new book, Magpiety: New & Selected Poems. Marie Howe writes: “Melissa Green might well be a 21st century version of Emily Dickinson, poet of ecstatic states and extremity. These are poems ‘scratched in blood,’ written by a survivor, a poet, a woman pulled back to life.” (rmharris)… (more)
Apr
23
Celebrating Jayne Cortez - If the woman is a drum... (Saturday, April 23 at 2:30pm)
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Jadele McPherson, t'ai freedom ford, and electronic musician Val Jeanty read and perform original works as well as a selection of poems by Jayne Cortez (1934-2012). Invoking surrealism, politics, the spoken word, New York City and music, this event will be both a celebration as well as a reflection of Cortez's influence upon a younger generation of women artists. (rmharris)… (more)
Event location: The Highline
Apr
27
(In)verse: Poets Translate Each Other (Wednesday, April 27 at 7pm)
To celebrate National Poetry Month, hear from poets who translate each other's work. Flávia Rocha and Idra Novey will read in Portuguese and English; and Melcion Mateu and Rowan Ricardo Phillips will read in Catalan and English. Both pairs will discuss their creative process and the responsibilities of collaboration and translation. (rmharris)
May
4
Leabhar na hAathghabhála/Poems of Repossession: A Reading of Modern Irish Poetry (Wednesday, May 4 at 7pm)
Join us for the launch of the first comprehensive critical anthology of modern poetry in Irish Gaelic with English translations. Leabhar na hAthghabhála/Poems of Repossession, edited by Louis De Paor, consists of poems in the Irish language written since 1900 with translations by Valentine Iremonger, Michael Hartnett, Paul Muldoon, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Bernard O’Donoghue, Maurice Riordan, Peter Sirr, David Wheatley and Mary O’Donoghue. Most of the poems have not previously been available in English. Poems will be read in Irish Gaelic and English. (rmharris)… (more)
May
10
Hurt So Good: Building the Body of the Beloved & Other Emotional Imageries with Natalie Diaz (Tuesday, May 10 at 7pm)
Award-winning poet, author of the collection When My Brother Was an Aztec, and former professional basketball player Natalie Diaz discusses the relationship between breaking, creating, and love in the inspiration, construction and revision of poetry. (rmharris)
May
18
Blood of the Sun: A Bilingual Reading with Salgado Maranhão and Alexis Levatin (Wednesday, May 18 at 7pm)
Winner of the 2011 Brazilian Academy of Letters Best Book of Poetry award, Salgado Maranhão reads with Alexis Levatin, who translates Maranhão’s poems from Portuguese into English. The two have collaborated to produce two bilingual volumes: Blood of the Sun (2013) and Tiger Fur (2015). (rmharris)
Jun
7
Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading (Tuesday, June 7 at 7pm)
Ten poets from our Emerging Poets Fellowship read breathtaking new work that promises an exciting future for poetry. The fellowship, now in its fifth year, assists poets by providing writing instruction, mentorship, and access to Poets House’s world class poetry resources and programming. Hosted by 2016 Emerging Poets Fellowship workshop leader Adam Fitzgerald. (rmharris)

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