Fall 2017

National Events

 

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, 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, 2015); 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 Circle Award.


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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Thursday, Jan 11, Noon

San Francisco, CA

MUNI ART 2018: A LAUNCH AND CELEBRATION

Celebrate Muni Art 2018! The Poetry Society of America collaborates with San Francisco Beautiful, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, and Supervisor Sandra Fewer to present Muni Art 2018, which has transformed 100 Muni buses into galleries featuring work by a diverse range of talented poets and artists. Inspired by the Poetry Society of America's Poetry in Motion® program, which places poetry in the transit systems of cities throughout the country, and San Francisco Beautiful's mission to create and protect the unique beauty and livability of San Francisco, Muni Art 2018 provides a unique and powerful opportunity for bus riders to experience an exhilarating collaboration between poets Juan Felipe Herrera, Diane di Prima, Kay Ryan, Brynn Saito, and Charif Shanahan, and artists Donavon Brutus, Janet Rumsey, Mara Hernandez, Randi Pace, and Tsungwei Moo. Those listed below will converge in San Francisco to share and celebrate their work.


Launch at City Hall

A launch and reading on the steps of City Hall, with Darcy Brown, Executive Director of San Francisco Beautiful, Peter Clarke, Graphic Designer for San Francisco Beautiful, Supervisor Sandra Fewer, former California State Senator Mark Leno, Michelle Jeffers, Chief, Communications, Programs & Partnerships at San Francisco Public Library, Alice Quinn, Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America, poets Juan Felipe Herrera, Diane di Prima (health allowing), Charif Shanahan, Brynn Saito, and Kim Shuck, poet laureate of San Francisco, and artists Donavon Brutus, Janet Rumsey, Mara Hernandez, Randi Pace, and Tsungwei Moo.

12-1pm
San Francisco City Hall, Polk Street Steps
1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl
San Francisco, CA 94102

Admission is free.


Reading and Panel Presentation

Featured poets and artists will present their work and discuss the joys and challenges of this public collaboration. Presenters include poets Diane di Prima (health allowing), Kim Shuck, poet laureate of San Francisco, Charif Shanahan, and Brynn Saito, and artists Donavon Brutus, Janet Rumsey, Mara Hernandez, Randi Pace, and Tsungwei Moo.

5:30-7:30pm
Latino/Hispanic Room
San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Admission is free.

 
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Monday, Mar 12, 7:30pm

New Orleans, LA

THE NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION
Tom Sleigh, with Peter Cooley

The New Salon series brings writers into an intimate setting to discuss the implications of their work and craft.

Tom Sleigh's most recent collections of poetry include Station Zed (Graywolf Press, 2015), Army Cats (Graywolf Press, 2011), winner of the John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Space Walk (Houghton Mifflin, 2007), winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award. He has also published a translation of Euripides's Herakles and a book of essays, Interview With a Ghost (Graywolf Press, 2006). Sleigh's honors include an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an Individual Writer's Award from the Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, and fellowships from the American Academy in Berlin, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among many others.

Co-sponsored by The Poetry Society of America and Tulane University

Admission is free. Reception to follow.

Tulane University
Stone Auditorium
Woldenberg Art Center