Fall 2017

All Events

 

Tuesday, Oct 24, 7:00pm

New York, NY

POETRY IN MOTION 25th ANNIVERSARY RECEPTION

Since 1992, the Poetry Society of America and New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority have joined forces to present poems in one of the most beloved public art programs in America. Currently the program pairs poetry with art from MTA Arts & Design installations, catching readers' eyes on their daily journey.
Join us at the National Arts Club for a cocktail reception to toast the programs's 25th anniversary. Poetry in Motion poets Billy Collins, Aracelis Girmay, Major Jackson, Ada Limón, Jim Moore, Paul Muldoon, Marilyn Nelson, Patrick Phillips, Katha Pollitt, and Kevin Young will be in attendance and read from their work. 

Cocktail Reception & Reading

The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park
New York, NY

You can purchase a ticket here.
Proceeds from the event support PSA's public programs.
 
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Wednesday, Oct 25, 6:00pm

New York, NY

THE BEST OF POETRY IN MOTION: CELEBRATING 25 YEARS ON SUBWAYS AND BUSES

Since 1992, the Poetry Society of America and New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority have joined forces to present poems in one of the most beloved public art programs in America. On the occasion of the publication of a new anniversary anthology of 100 poems, The Best of Poetry in Motion: Celebrating 25 years on Subways and Buses, many of the poets featured will gather to read their own contributions and favorites by others--among them Billy CollinsAracelis Girmay, Major Jackson, Ada Limón, Jim Moore, Paul Muldoon, Marilyn Nelson, Patrick Phillips, Katha Pollitt, and Kevin Young.

Free and open to the public. Reserve your seat here.

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
Bruno Walter Auditorium
111 Amsterdam Avenue

 
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Thursday, Nov 2, 7:00pm

New York, NY

AIR THIS PAIN AND ALTER IT:
WHAT CAN POETRY DO?

As part of the Poetry Society of America's 2017-2018 national series of this title, distinguished poets and writers present poems which speak to our contemporary moment. Featured writers include Eduardo C. CorralNick Flynn, Kimiko HahnBob HicokJane Hirshfield, Tyehimba Jess, Gregory Pardlo, and Jacqueline Woodson.

Co-sponsored by Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative and the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY with support from the Ford Foundation.

Free and open to the public.

Proshansky Auditorium
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY   

 
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Friday, Nov 3, 7:00pm

Mill Valley, CA

AIR THIS PAIN AND ALTER IT:
WHAT CAN POETRY DO?

As part of the Poetry Society of America's 2017-2018 national series of this title, distinguished poets Brenda Hillman, Atsuro Riley, and Brian Turner present poems which speak to our contemporary moment. 

Co-sponsored by the Mill Valley Public Library and the Poetry Society of America

Admission is free.

Mill Valley Public Library
375 Throckmorton Ave.
Mill Valley, CA 94941

 
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Monday, Nov 6, 3:00pm

Boston, MA

POETS IN THE PALACE: Robert Pinsky in the Tapestry Room

Robert Pinsky  is an American poet, essayist, literary critic, and translator. From 1997 to 2000, he served as U.S. Poet Laureate. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, essays, and translations. His most recent poetry collection, At the Foundling Hospital, was published in 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. His work has earned him the PEN/Voelcker Award, the William Carlos Williams Prize, the Lenore Marshall Prize, Italy's Premio Capri, the Korean Manhae Award, and the Harold Washington Award from the City of Chicago, among other accolades. He teaches at Boston University.

Co-presented with Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 

For reservations and tickets visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
25 Evans Way
Boston, MA 02115

 
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Monday, Nov 13, 7:30pm

New York, NY

A CELEBRATION OF GWENDOLYN BROOKS
with Elizabeth Alexander, Tyehimba Jess, Yusef Komunyakaa, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Marilyn Nelson, Atsuro Riley, Sapphire, Solmaz Sharif, and Patricia Smith

The 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center hosts an evening of readings to celebrate the centenary of Gwendolyn Brooks as part of a year-long, nationwide tribute to one of America's most influential poets.

Co-sponsored by Our Miss Brooks: A Centennial Celebration, the Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem Foundation, the NYU Creative Writing Program, the Poetry Society of America, Poets House and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (NYPL).

Tickets can be purchased here.

92nd Street Y | Unterberg Poetry Center
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128

 
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Thursday, Nov 16, 7:00pm

New York, NY

A CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF GWENDOLYN BROOKS with Jericho Brown, Cornelius Eady, Rigoberto González, Darryl Pinckney, Evie Shockley, and Patricia Smith.

A major American poet of the twentieth century, Gwendolyn Brooks is a writer of great formal mastery and intimate observation, most beautifully of the Chicago communities she writes of, the people who make "a sugar of/The malocclusions, the inconditions of love." The author of twenty separate volumes of poetry, including the celebrated A Street in Bronzeville (1945), the Pulitzer Prize-winning Annie Allen (1949), and In the Mecca (1968), as well as the experimental novel Maude Martha (1953) and other volumes of prose and collected verse, Brooks is a writer who "managed to bridge the gap between the academic poets of her generation in the 1940s and the young black militant writers of the 1960s" (George E. Kent). In her work, "Brooks never feared or shirked what she fervently believed was her responsibility; that sense of responsibility shaped her very aesthetic. Few poets walk with such integrity" (Elizabeth Alexander).
  
Presented as a part of Our Miss Brooks 100 with the Poetry Society of America, the Barnard Center for Research on Women, and the Columbia Heyman Center for the Humanities.

Free and open to the public.
Barnard
Held Lecture Hall
Barnard Hall, 3rd Floor
 
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Monday, Dec 11, 3:00pm

Boston, MA

POETS IN THE PALACE: Major Jackson in the Titian Room

In this new series, visitors will enjoy an intimate, hour-long reading by a living poet in one of the museum's historic galleries.

Major Jackson is the author of four collections of poetry: Roll Deep (W. W. Norton, 2017); Holding Company (2010) and Hoops ( 2006), both finalists for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature-Poetry; and Leaving Saturn (University of Georgia, 2002), winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and finalist for a National Book Critics Award Circle.


Co-presented with Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 

For reservations and tickets visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 
25 Evans Way 
Boston, MA 02115

 
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Monday, Dec 11, 7:30pm

Washington D.C.

EMILY DICKINSON TRIBUTE
with Sandra Gilbert

In our annual celebration of Emily Dickinson's birthday, award-winning poet Sandra Gilbert reads Dickinson's work and discusses the great significance of her legacy.

Sandra M. Gilbert has published numerous collections of poetry, including the Patterson Prize winning Ghost Volcano and Kissing the Bread: New and Selected Poems 1969–1999, which won an American Book Award in 2000. Recent collections include Belongings and Aftermath: Poems. Gilbert's other work includes Inventions of Farewell, an anthology of elegies which she edited, and Death's Door: Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve, a cultural and literary history of grief.

Co-sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Admission is $15
Call 202-544-7077 for tickets.

For more information visit the Folger.

Folger Theatre
Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE

 
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Wednesday, Dec 13, 7:30pm

New York, NY

A Memorial for John Ashbery

A Memorial for John Ashbery with Maxine Groffsky, and Elizabeth Hazan, Ann Lauterbach, Dara Wier, Trevor Winkfield, and musical performances by Dashon Burton and the Brentano String Quartet.

Longtime friends and fellow artists pay tribute to the life and work of poet John Ashbery, who died in September at the age of 90.

Co-presented by the 92nd Street Y, Unterberg Poetry Center Academy of American Poets, PennSound, Poets House and the Poetry Society of America.

The event is free. You must reserve your tickets via the 92nd Y website.

92nd Street Y | Unterberg Poetry Center
Kaufman Concert Hall
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128